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Xbox 360 will live for three more years

Xbox 360 will live for three more years

The Xbox One will be launched on November 22.

The Xbox 360 still has three years of life left in it according to Microsoft.

Talking at the Citi Global Technology Conference, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi stated that the company plans to keep the Xbox 360 up and running for three more years due to the console's long tail profitability.

As part of the company's plans for the Xbox 360, there will also be 100 new games shipped for the console. Mehdi commented that the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One 'can work in concert' and Microsoft will not be cutting support for the 360 as soon as the newer machine launches.

Mehdi was responding to questions about how profitable the Xbox business had been over the years and was asked to talk about how the launch of the imminent Xbox One would affect Microsoft's finances. He replied by pointing out that the money made by the Xbox 360 offset the expense of research and development of the new console.

Microsoft also appears to be gearing up for an expensive launch year with Mehdi pointing out that the first year is one for investment with results from that initial push playing out over time.

The Xbox One release date was confirmed earlier this week as November 22, one week before Sony's expected launch date for the Playstation 4.

Microsoft's hopes for the Xbox 360's next three years are not completely unprecedented. Following the launch of the Playstation 3, Sony continued to see the Playstation 2 perform well and the older machines were only taken out of production at the beginning of this year, giving it a commendable 12 year run.

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mi1ez 5th September 2013, 10:52 Quote
Microsoft can't decide how long game devs will be making 360 games for though. As soon as the One has more market share, who'd carry on making 360 ports of their games?
Maki role 5th September 2013, 11:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Microsoft can't decide how long game devs will be making 360 games for though. As soon as the One has more market share, who'd carry on making 360 ports of their games?

Well that makes things simple for them then. When the market for the One has stabilised and devs have moved on from the 360, they will phase the console out.
rollo 5th September 2013, 11:40 Quote
The last big title by 3rd party devs will be this year for both consoles with gta5.

1st party titles will likely continue been developed for the foreseeable future.
SAimNE 5th September 2013, 11:40 Quote
there will probably be an xbox 360 emulator within 2 years. 3 is wishing for too much
SAimNE 5th September 2013, 11:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by SAimNE
there will probably be an xbox 360 emulator within 2 years. 3 is wishing for too much
ok massive exaggeration here(tho i would actually presume something will come up in 5 since there is a lot more movement on emulation stuff recently. i.e. dolphin pcsx2 and so on) but still i dont really see anyone buying an xbox from here on out. pretty much just going to collect dust in most households or be modded into a grill or something for no apparent reason.
Snips 5th September 2013, 12:40 Quote
It's the same with all the console releases, the previous generation get's left behind on new game releases. However, I think the PS2 was outselling the PS3 in the early days in Japan as the new game releases were very westernised for them.
Maki role 5th September 2013, 12:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by SAimNE
there will probably be an xbox 360 emulator within 2 years. 3 is wishing for too much

Even 5 years would be pushing it I reckon given the scale of the emulation involved. With how processors have been moving recently, it would be a very tall order to be able to emulate a 3.2GHz PowerPC Tricore processor any time soon.
rollo 5th September 2013, 18:22 Quote
We would likely see a ps4 xbox one emulated before the ps3 or xbox 360 due to the they are coded.
SAimNE 6th September 2013, 02:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
We would likely see a ps4 xbox one emulated before the ps3 or xbox 360 due to the they are coded.
ps3 emulator already is in the works last i checked. it's not exactly close, but it's on its way..... and the ps3 has the cell.... so the coding was done by the closest think to a tech satan.
LightningPete 9th September 2013, 01:56 Quote
Good news. Despite the relatively pointless comments above, the news seems to serve interests in many folk:

Those who just like the odd game to play regardless if its call of duty neverending number or just like to watch netflix , sky related recordings or to play a couple of simple indie type downloadable games.
It also serves as a console to entertain the younger children ages 5-9 without them whining that its not the latest greatest gadget. And finally those who dont want blu-ray and are happy watching DVDs of home movies or movies they still have on DVD.
NethLyn 9th September 2013, 14:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
The last big title by 3rd party devs will be this year for both consoles with gta5.

1st party titles will likely continue been developed for the foreseeable future.

It's sad but Halo ___ - whichever number is only for the One - will mark the mass dumping-off point but I can live with 33 games per year up until 2016, whatever they are. My 360's only been there for Blinkbox and TV catchup more than for gaming for the past year.

As mentioned by LightningPete, it'll still be a perfectly adequate DVD player and also even music CDs if hooked into a decent speaker setup.
Robw449 10th September 2013, 02:30 Quote
It might live as a netflix player, but wont get much love as a games console past 12 months of One/PS4 being released.
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