The lights are on
In the last console transition, Microsoft kicked the unprofitable Xbox to the curb in favor of the 360. According to an MS executive, things will be much different this time around.
Microsoft chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi stresses that the company plans to keep supporting the Xbox 360 long into the Xbox One lifecycle. Mehdi said, "We are going to continue to invest in Xbox 360 and the two devices can work in concert. So it isn't like the day we ship the Xbox One your [Xbox 360] won't work. We will continue to support it. In fact, we're going to ship over one hundred new games on Xbox 360. So you'll be able to still play your games, just not on the same exact box."
He cited reduced production costs and a large installed based as reasons why the system could remain very profitable in the future.
Our Take:Once again, Microsoft is learning from past mistakes. Sony has always stressed that its home consoles have a 10-year lifecycle, and has continued to release new version of past PlayStations while remaining focused on next-gen. It's just good business. For one, there are emerging markets around the world that are ripe for older, lower-priced hardware. In addition, new software can sell to a huge, mature installed base. And, as manufacturing costs continue to drop, each sale of an old system becomes more and more profitable. It's also a win for gamers who might not have the money to invest in the latest and greatest hardware.
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I told myself I was going to wait before getting the XB1 and this time span seems more than sufficient. Besides, I still have some games I want/need to finish.
"But it will stop working one day", is what I'm taking away from this. It's good to know if my 360 ever dies all those 40+ games I downloaded on it are gone forever. Thanks Microsoft!
It's only a pledge, but we'll see what happens with time. I hope they support it for that long because I won't be getting any of the new consoles for a while after they come out.
I'm glad Microsoft will continue to support the 360. I still have a nice backlog to get through :)
I'm glad they're continuing the 360 support, but I feel they might shoot themselves in the foot. As someone who has little interest in the Xbone (and increasingly dissatisfied with the 360), why would I buy the shiny new box to play games I can get on a console I already own? Sure it won't look as nice, but guess what? I don't care. I want to play the game, not admire the picture. I'm sure others will have the same feelings as I because I know more people jumping to PS4 rather than the Xbone.
Glad they learned from their mistakes, cuz ppl where really pissed about the lack of support for the Xbox once 360 released. Although, ppl may be slower to transition over with the support still there.
That great news to hear, cause I don't have the money to upgrading right now.
Three years. Never thought I'd see the day when the 360 isn't supported. It's going to be a sad day. A lot of memories on the 360 for me.
That still says nothing as to what happens to games purchased through Xbox Live. When they eventually decide the 360 should no longer have access to Xbox Live (just like what happened with the original) then will there be a console update that will allow me to continue playing those games without the console confirming that I in fact purchased it?
This is a concern for me since some games which I've purchased, over an extended period of time without internet access, tend to switch over to demo mode. This was a bit frustrating with some of the smaller games like Castle Crashers or a few expansions to Oblivion (owned the disc for the full game), but would be pretty pissed if I could no longer play Skyrim which I haven't finished (purchased the full game through Live).
Quirks like this with modern consoles are what tempt me to finally take the plunge into pc gaming.
Good call Microsoft, bout time they start learning from their mistakes.
That's good news! I don't have an XBOX 360 but might buy one soon if they still support it, which they will. I know that it is the end of its generation and the XBOX One is releasing on November 22nd, but I have zero interest in the XBOX One. I'd probably just pick one up to play the XBOX 360 games I missed out on, but I am not going to buy an XBOX 360 unless they drop the price to $100, even if it is the 4GB model. I am not willing to spend more on the actual console since it is a last-generation console and I have to buy games for it and games for my Wii U, 3DS, and PC.
I thought it was five years? Anyway, three is better than none. I won't be going to the ONE for at least two years.
I thought they originally said that they were going to support the 360 for another 5 years.
I find this highly unlikely to happen.
WTF happened to the five year pledge they were talking about a few months ago?!!!