While many will partake in the next round of console offerings, which are just around the corner, there are many more who will be sticking with what they have now for the foreseeable future. But then one must ask: for how long will Sony and Microsoft remain interested in the PS3 and Xbox 360?
It’s a valid question, especially for the latter user base. There are still many original Xbox owners who recall the time MS dropped them like a hot potato when the 360 became their new thing.
Then again, the OG Xbox never made the impact that the 360 did, so it’s not surprising, yet a relief nonetheless, to hear that Microsoft will be supporting the platform for the next three years at least.
According to Microsoft chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi, when speaking with GameSpot:
“If you look at [Xbox 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.”
That last part is certainly no lie. A good chunk of the user base often embraces a system near the end of its lifespan, when both the hardware and the vast majority of its software are at the lowest levels. It’s also when both are cheapest to produce, which means more money earned as well.
Mehdi also stated that over 100 new games are headed to the system. Now, that too might be true, though one has to assume that a certain chunk might also be the type of stuff that also rears its heads near the end of a system’s lifecycle. Basically shovel-ware, and lots of it.
Then again, we also see some weird, esoteric games from Japan that publishers previously did not want to take a risk with. And once more, one can still nab many of the 360’s greatest hits for a reasonable price. Point being, both current 360 owners, and future ones, have nothing to worry about.