Next Xbox Could Launch Within 360's 10-Year Lifespan

Kinect keeping 360 afloat right now though.

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Next Xbox Could Launch Within 360's 10-Year Lifespan
Microsoft is very happy where it right now. Very happy indeed, yes. But if it comes down to it, the launch of the Xbox 360's successor could well overlap its much-publicised 'ten year lifespan.'

Chris Lewis, the European boss for Microsoft's Xbox division, wouldn't directly comment on timings for the company's next home console, but did hint that it might take a similar strategy to Sony with its hardware life cycles.

"Well, we think were more than halfway through but given we are still growing, we think were at a healthy part in the life cycle still because weve pumped this adrenaline into the arm of the business with Kinect," Lewis said to the Metro. "... so we think were a little over halfway with the life cycle of the console, but thats not to say there wont be an overlap."

Support for the original Xbox console was dropped like a hot potato by Microsoft when the Xbox 360 launched in 2005. This time around, executives at the company has said that there won't be a rush to the eighth console generation - instead existing services and support for peripherals such as Kinect will push the system to a ten year lifespan.

When pressed by the Metro, Lewis elaborated that the introduction of a new Xbox before the day's been called for the Xbox 360 "could possibly be the case. Im not going to announce specifically or talk about timing. But you could imagine there could be overlap, it depends. Were not being specific about the next generation at this stage. Were very fixated on what were doing right now and the success were enjoying."
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Ryan550 17 Aug 2011 17:23
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10 year lifespan?!?! try making your consoles last longer than a year and I may just give your next console a second glance...



deleted 17 Aug 2011 18:10
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@Ryan550 He is referring to the lifespan of the console cycle not your actual console hardware unit!, still i am sure you knew that, but agreed tis time lets get the hardware stable please.. i liked your 3 year warranty on RROD i didnt like sending back 5 consoles, still my 360s seems to be holding out ok now..
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Ryan550 17 Aug 2011 18:40
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@Sean_Lowe

Yeah I knew what the article was about and what you said about "sending back 5 consoles" is completely true and yet so common to a point where I would honestly feel like an idiot if I were to buy another Xbox system on launch..
I think I am going to sit back and watch to see if the saying "third time's a charm" has any relation to Microsoft's next system launch..

Tim Smith 18 Aug 2011 13:04
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If it makes anybody feel even slightly better... we've just replaced our Debug Xbox 360 due to a RROD.

Updating debugs is, well, Grrrr.

Cheers

Tim
jon Kent 18 Aug 2011 17:46
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2012 reveal for a Christmas 2012 release??? please please please!! I want a new machine I have more money than sense so bend me over Microsoft and screw me over 350 for a new console Im ready with and I have lube
Chris 18 Aug 2011 23:01
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well microsoft might be happy but im not considering the xbox outdated 360 cant play battlefield 3 on 64 players instead we get 24. See the difference?
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