Microsoft: No Need to Launch New Console

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The Xbox 360 launched in November 2005. The original Xbox launched in November 2001. It is now 2010. About time for a new Xbox, right? Not necessarily, Microsoft says.


"I think it's important to say that the Xbox 360 is the console of the long future for us," David Hufford, senior director of Xbox product management, told the Guardian. "There is no need to launch a new console, because we're able to give this console new life either with software upgrades or hardware upgrades like Project Natal."

Project Natal is Microsoft's upcoming motion sensor system.

"The Xbox 360 was designed for a long life," Hufford adds, "and I don't even know if we're at the midpoint yet."

This would mean that the Xbox 360 has a console life akin to that of the PlayStation 3 and its 10-year-life-span.

There's no need for a new Xbox, says Microsoft [ via Edge]



Good. Let it take a while then. I felt like I got jewed when I bought my Xbox a few years after launch (after initially owning a PS2 from the get go) and then MS turned around the next year and dropped a new console. Jesus Christ. I barely had time to play like ~5 games on the damn system.

I also didn't buy *any* consoles at launch this gen (though I own them now) and it feels like I've just now gotten any use out of 'em. Maybe it's 'cuz I'm a college kid on a budget, or maybe I've just adopted my grandparent's mindset, but I don't like to continuously buy new shit over and over and over.

Just let me stick with what I have for a while. Thanks. Besides, Uncharted 2 is arguably the single best looking game ever created, bar none, and it just released on the PS3. This isn't like the last gen where the PC is getting games like F.E.A.R. while console owners cry in envy when they load up Vice City and take a gander at how it looks.

Some beefier hardware would definitely help the consoles out in some respects (able to run better physics, anti-aliasing, shading, etc.), but there's really no need to make the leap to next gen over minor performance enhancements.