"We are going to ship over 100 new games."
Just as the Xbox One is readied for its initial 13 territory launch, Microsoft has put a clock on the its current "incredible profitable" Xbox 360.
Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi, who just happened to author the Xbox One's release date, mentioned the 360's lifecycle yesterday at the Citi Global Technology Conference. "If you look at Xbox 360 that platform [has] lasted for seven to eight years and it's going to go for another three years. It's incredibly profitable now in the tail."
Those that recall the end of actual Xbox1 console can be forgiven for wondering just how quickly the 360 will be put to pasture. Of course, Mehdi is quick to point out that the 360 is not going to just disappear in the year or two. "We are going to continue to invest in Xbox 360 and the two devices can work in concert. So it isn't just like the day we ship Xbox One, Xbox 360 won't work, we will continue to support it. In fact, we are going to ship over 100 new games on Xbox 360, so you will still be able to play your games, just not on the same exact box."
For some, the option that makes the most sense is to connect the 360 to the Xbox One through its HDMI in port, and use one system for gaming, and one for Kinect-powered fantasy football. Ultimately, the Xbox One's $500 price point, lack of standard-def support, limited availability, and fledgling software offering should mean that the Xbox 360 can exist as a value orientated alternative.
Author: Brian Hoss