Microsoft To Support Xbox 360 Until At Least 2016

Microsoft will continue to support Xbox 360 in the foreseeable future and has also revealed that “over 100 new games” are in development for the console.

Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference, Yusuf Mehdi, CVP for Microsoft’s Marketing & Strategy Interactive Entertainment Business, said:

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“If you look at 360, that platform lasted for 7-8 years and it’s going to last for another 3 years. [Xbox 360 is] incredibly profitable now in the tail.”

When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005 Microsoft all but abandoned the original Xbox, choosing instead to focus their efforts  on the 360 and gaining a strong lead over Sony in the next console generation.

However, with a huge current-gen install base the firm seem to have realised they must continue to support loyal consumers as well as moving forward, allowing gamers to transition to the Xbox One at their own pace.

It was announced yesterday that the Xbox One will be released in the UK on November 22nd.

Source: Videogamer

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6 Comments

  1. If it’s anything like the “support” they’ve been giving it since kinect released expect annual rehashes of the same 3 tired franchises, multiplats and kinect garbage.

    It’s their “support” over the past few years that’s making me trade in my 360 once I’m done with my gears judgement insane solo run.

  2. 3 years to finish my backlog… Might be just enough time!

  3. What does support mean? Can’t mean first party games can it? They’ve already ended that!

  4. How can they do that when they have hardly even supported it this year?

    I find it disgraceful that Sony can put out Gran Turismo 6, Puppeteer, The Last of Us, God of War and Beyond: Two Souls in one year and the only notable game that came out on the 360 was Gears.

    • This is what I thought the Xbox has had virtually no games for a long while,i thought they stopped supporting it yonks ago.

  5. One thing that’s occurred to me is that by continuing to support 360 and PS3, Sony and Microsoft might inadvertantly also be helping out Nintendo’s Wii U.
    If PS3 and 360 were abandoned for the next-gen launch, Wii U would almost definitely be left to flounder, while developers turned their sights to the new hardware. Now though, there should at least be some multiplatform titles that may get a release on WII U if developers are going to still work on games for ps3 and 360 – and of course Wii U will need to shift a few more units first but they might do okay this holiday season as i think they have at least one big 1st party game releasing around then.

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