The speculation about the next Xbox console has been growing recently, even though there are many gamers who don’t currently want Microsoft to bring out a new version. The lifespan of both the Xbox 360 and PS3 has often been spoken about, with both companies talking of ten years. Today we have news that the Xbox 720 could still be released before the Xbox 360 lifespan ends.
Recently Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Division EMEA at Microsoft, Chris Lewis, was talking to GameCentral. He was asked about the speculation that the company was going to announce a new console at next year’s E3, and replied that the Xbox 360 is over halfway through its life cycle. He didn’t rule out that the next console would not “overlap” the Xbox 360.
He was then asked then if the Xbox 720 or whatever it will be called being available during the ten year lifespan of the 360. The reply was it probably will be “the case”, but for now the company was concentrating on the success it is currently seeing with the Xbox 360 and the Kinect.
There are currently 55 million units installed around the world with 35 million of those connected to Xbox Live. In Europe the platform grew by twenty percent last year, and is looking to increase further this year. On the future threat to the market from the likes of the iPad, the fact that the Xbox 360 platform can already use cell phones and the PC puts it in a really good position.
Microsoft is already planning for a future and looking at all different kinds of scenarios, especially when it comes to digital downloads. There are many gamers out there who don’t want any new consoles being released in the near future. Besides the cost it’s not as if there aren’t some great games on the horizon on both the Xbox 360 and the PS3.
Developers have only just starting to meet the full potential of the current generation of consoles, and with the Xbox 360 the Kinect has a long and successful road ahead of it. The great thing is prices have also dropped recently, which opens up the market to an even bigger fan base for both platforms.
How long do you think if should be before the next generation of consoles becomes available?