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Xbox 360 to last three more years, over 100 new games inbound, says Microsoft

Wednesday, 4th September 2013 11:14 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox 360 support will last until 2016 and will receive 100 new game launches, according to Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi.

Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference yesterday, Mehdi confirmed that the Xbox 360 will be phased out in 2016, and added that both it and the Xbox One will co-exist happily.

“We’re going to continue to invest in Xbox 360,” he said, “and the two devices can work in concert. So it’s not like the day we ship Xbox One your 360 won’t work. We’ll continue to support it.”

Elsewhere, Mehdi responded to questions surrounding the Xbox 360′s profitability and how Microsoft hopes to maintain a solid bottom line with Xbox One. “He replied, “You’ve seen us over the years constantly be focused on profitability and improving year over year. There are different points in the cycle of when you invest in new hardware.

“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. Some of these things take some time in the launch year in which you invest, and then they they play out over time.

“We’ve seen our Xbox Live subscription service continue to grow. We’re up to 48 million members now. We’re shipping more games than we’ve ever done before. Those are things I look to to say, ‘hey we can grow not just top line revenue but also profitability.’”

At the conference, Mehdi also confirmed that the Xbox One’s CPU speed has been improved, and defended the console’s price-point, adding that Kinect and entertainment services are its big draw.

Are you happy to see Xbox 360 support will continue until 2016? Let us know below.

Via Eurogamer.

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  1. xFidelCashflow

    “Don’t have reliable internet? Get a 360.

    But we’re ditching that shit in 3 years LOL have fun.”

    #1 8 months ago
  2. Llewelyn_MT

    Thankfully PCs are forever.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Tech-N9ne

    @1 So what? Support the Xbox 360 forever? BTW the said at least 3 years.

    @2 LOL, PCs are forever? That’s a joke right, else I should still be able to use my PC from 2001 to run BF4.

    At least any game made for the Xbox 360 will always run on the Xbox 360 forever.

    The level of dummies on the site keeps growing.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. game_on

    @2@3: A PC is outdated and drops $200 in value the minute you walk out of the store.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Ignatius_Cheese

    Well, that’s a lot longer than Nintendo are planning to support Wii U. Aaaayyyyyoooooo!! ;)

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    @2, No they’re not. Look at the dwindling support for PowerPC based Macs.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. xFidelCashflow

    @3 But 3 years? That’s just too soon… & it doesn’t seem right to be actively planning the death of the 360 before the One is even out, vocally to the public at least. But I guess that’s better than popping it up on your customers right before you do it like Nintendo does.

    & unless its a online game, or relies heavily on multiplayer which a ton of games do nowadays. Its gonna suck having to look back on your games instead of actually playing them.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. pukem0n

    @1

    and why exactly would you need reliable internet for the Xbone?
    apart from trolling around :D

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Ignatius_Cheese

    @7 Come off it! The 360 has been out for 8 years. This is the longest console cycle in a long time. I would imagine that the next cycle will be even longer, to enable publishers/developers/platform holders to recoup any losses/start to make decent profits.

    PS2 was supposed to have 10 years worth of support. Once PS3 came out, this dwindled to 3rd party shovelware. I wouldn’t expect anything more on 360.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. mistermogul

    @2 – lol

    #10 8 months ago
  11. xFidelCashflow

    @8 Microsoft said it, not me lol thank god they went back on the always on stuff though. I still really can’t see what made them come up with that idea in the first place

    #11 8 months ago
  12. xFidelCashflow

    @9 I guess i’m just not ready to put my 360 out to pasture yet, you can’t really blame me for that

    #12 8 months ago
  13. loci

    12 exclusive retail games over the past 3 yrs shows amazing support..heh

    http://i.imgur.com/zl10SZ0.jpg

    #13 8 months ago
  14. Llewelyn_MT

    @3: Sheesh. If you call people names please at least try to make an intelligent post. 2001 PC runs Battlefield 3 no worse than 2001 Xbox. Modern PC runs all Battlefield games out on PC ever created. Can your precious Xbox 360 run Battlefield 1942? My 2011 PC runs games from 1980s on a regular basis.

    @6: PowerPC Macs are technical gimmicks, not traditional PCs.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. MangoMantang

    Meanwhile Sony are still supporting the PS3 with amazing exclusives.

    #15 8 months ago
  16. Ignatius_Cheese

    @15 Because of course they’re going to continue doing that once PS4 is launched.

    Clearly you are deluding yourself.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. Cobra951

    There’s nothing set in stone. Windows XP is still getting support, and MS was originally going to dump that OS years ago. The market decreed a different outcome. If the 360 still sees a lot of active use and purchases in 3 years, it will continue to work on XBL. If not, well, aren’t you glad the system doesn’t have to be online for anything on it to work (locally, anyway)?

    #17 8 months ago
  18. Llewelyn_MT

    Support for Windows XP ended years ago. Some things are still backwards compatible, many are not. When Microsoft decides to kill a console, it’s a different matter entirely. The console will be dead. You could play old games, but nobody will be able to make a new one, including yourself.

    #18 8 months ago
  19. deathm00n

    @16 If history can give us any hints, Persona 3 and 4, God of War 2, and many other great PS2 games came out for the PS2 while the PS3 was already in the shelves for some time.

    #19 8 months ago
  20. Llewelyn_MT

    @up: The generation gap is most likely the biggest to date. This just wouldn’t make sense. Feel free to compare Battlefield 4 between dying and next generation consoles when it’s released.

    #20 8 months ago
  21. deathm00n

    @20 Did you read my comment with atention? I’m not saying the games on cur-gen are going to look as good as the ones in next-gen, of course you can’t compare Battlefield 4 between gens. What I’m saying is that there will probably be good games coming out for cur-gen even after next-gen arrive.

    Edit: Gran Turismo 6 and Beyond: Two Souls for example

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Cobra951

    @18: That is false. Windows XP support is now slated to end next year.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

    #22 8 months ago
  23. Llewelyn_MT

    @Deathm00n: This time around Xbox One and PS4 have different architecture (PC architecture) and much less power than their respective predecessors. Supported or not, when the sales will dwindle, it won’t be a viable option to release games on these systems.

    @up: I totally missed that. April 8 is hardly end of the year though. ;-)

    #23 8 months ago