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Microsoft just announced its new console, the Xbox One (head here to read all of our coverage!), and even though the new console is coming this year, Microsoft won't be leaving behind the Xbox 360 behind any time soon.
Yusuf Mehdi, a senior vice president at Microsoft, told OXM that the company expects another 25 million Xbox 360 consoles to be sold over the next five years. "That's something we're shooting for, it's not a financial plan as such, it's just rough numbers if you will," said Mehdi, "To sell another 25 million, half of those will probably come from replacements, but half will come from new buyers."
And because of those new owners, and continuous owners, Microsoft will continue to support the system. There are more announced Xbox 360 games on the way, as well as promise of new announcements coming during E3 next month.
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Good, because I have no intention of buying an Xbox One until Microsoft gets their crap together.
That's as it should be. Console lifespans should overlap. The classic example is the PS2 and PS3. Microsoft can benefit by keeping both consoles going for the next few years, especially as the price point of the 360 will inevitably drop and make it more appealing to "late-adopters".
Well, I'm glad they aren't doing like they did with the original Xbox and completely stopping the selling of most games in retail, and also dropping it entirely after about a year of the 360 being released or so.
Yeah I guess you've got to have a gaming console that plays games.
Who honestly didn't see this happening? The 360 is a massive success, and I don't see any reason for them to stop supporting it once the X-One comes out. He's absolutely correct, people will start flocking in once the newer system is released. You'll get old and newer customers. And I can totally see them selling twenty-five million within the next five years. It's going to take at least five years for the newer consoles to start flying off the shelves.
Yeah, okay, MSFT, keep dreaming...
Wonder if it'll take that long for the X-Box One to get on its feet. . .
What do you mean by "look after your Xbox?" Its not like people eat off of or play frisbee with their Xbox's
I expect that over the next few days, that number will be revised from 5 years to 3 years to 10 years (but only for the arcade edition), and finally an official statement that says "everything you've heard about how long we'll be supporting the 360 is incorrect. Stay tuned for more information after E3."