If you somehow missed it, yesterday Microsoft finally came out with the official release details for the Xbox One.
Those of you who aren’t planning on upgrading from your Xbox 360 needn’t fear though as yesterday Microsoft also announced that they’ll be supporting the console until 2016...
The Xbox 360 was launched all the way back in 2005 and it's still going strong. Yesterday at the Citi Global Technology Conference Yusuf Mehdi, Xbox Marketing and strategy chief, discussed the profitability of the Xbox consoles. Of particular interest were his references to the longevity of the Xbox 360:
"If you look at 360 that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it's going to go for another three years. It's incredibly profitable now in the tail.”
Mehdi went on to say that another 100 games are yet to be released on the console. That will be music to the ears of those of you who don’t want, or can’t afford, to upgrade your console any time soon. It would be interesting to know how many day-one 360’s will last the 11 years, without succumbing to the dreaded RROD.
From a business perspective this makes a great deal of sense. As Mehdi says “we're shipping more games than we've ever done before” and Xbox Live is now up to 48 million members. Microsoft know that many won’t be upgrading to Xbox One immediately after launch.
Are you happy you’ll be getting support for a few more years yet? What games are you hoping for before the Xbox 360 calls last orders?