175w ago - Xbox Product Management Senior Director David Hufford believes that Natal will give new life to the Xbox 360, and that there is no need to launch a new console.
To quote from a recent interview with Guardian.co.uk: "I think it's important to say that the Xbox 360 is the console of the long future for us.
There is no need to launch a new console, because we're able to give this console new life either with software upgrades or hardware upgrades like Project Natal," said David Hufford, senior director of Xbox product management in a briefing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "The Xbox 360 was designed for a long life, and I don't even know if we're at the midpoint yet."
This would mean that the Xbox 360 can survive a 10 year life span? Feel free to comment below!
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i agree that some of the best games have been released as a multi-disc game, but that was in a time when there was no better medium that could hold that much data for what the game required.
Now though we are at a point where the technical progression of data and storage has allowed for sd cards and usbs to hold 16gb/32gb+ of data and optical media can hold 50gb+ So back when metal gear solid and ff7 came out there was no choice, but now MS have got several options and i think that they need to seriously consider what their next move is in terms of delivery methods for their games.
I'm sure people wil be willing to buy multi-disc games but it would be showing a weakness in MS's ability to either come up with a better delivery system or willingness to provide end-user conveinience.
They are an addon away to get bluray disk, business is business. Besides not all the games need more than a DL DVD. All of their games fit on a DL DVD and they have been great games some even run better than the ps3. Now having dual disks is not a deal breaker some of the most important games in history have used two or more disk and have been sucessful enough. Example of this is metal gear solid 1 which was 2 disk set or final fantasy VII which was a 3 disk set.
The number of disks is not a problem since you have to play 10 - 12 hours to change a disk which is not a bad deal at all. So yeah I really think the xbox can hang around as long as the ps3, the thing that needs to be fixed is the rrod. If MS can fix the RROD forever they are on its way to put a really nice fight to the PS3 and Im a PS3 fan...
I agree that the ps3 can handle a 10year life cycle but the 360? it's been 5years and although the online community there is thriving, the gaming community as a whole is diminishing
It's capabilities are limited to keep it going for another 5 years and i dont just mean rrod, im thinkin in terms of its actual limitations, such as HD, wireless, hdd space, but most of all... disc size! If ms really want to continue with the 360 for another 5 years they have to seriously think about the media they use and dvd9 in 2012-15 just wont cut it!
ff13 is the perfect example, 1 BD disc to 5 or 6 DVD9... if that kind of trend continues then ms are in serious trouble
sony could be nice and licence out an external BD player add on for 360's but can the xbox's hardware handle it?
More importantly, would sony be willing to give its competitor an even playing field that late in the game? my realistic opinion of the 360 lifecycle is to bow out in 2 years (max) and release new hardware
I believe it's not only the upgrades you mentioned and the online play, but also take a look at the technological standings. We now have high definition video gaming, and yes there are higher definitions than 1080p, but it's sufficient enough for now until another breakthrough in the video gaming industry.
I believe now they will milk these systems with minor tweaks and upgrades, ie. motion sensing, 3D, interactivity, etc. I see no reason for Sony to release the PS4 too soon, but then again, I may be missing something that has developed. I wouldn't mind waiting for the PS4, so long as it would provide a huge step up from the PS3, both in gaming capabilities, diversity, and technological utilization. Just my opinion of course!
I have a Super Nintendo that works, a Sega CD, Dream Cast, a PlayStation 1, a PlayStation 2, a Sega CD, PSP 2000, PSP Go, a Turbografix 16 and a PlayStation 3 that work very well until the day of today, but my XBOX 360... garbage burned... only a year of use and this burned.
I think Microsoft should leave the manufacturing of consoles to the experts (Sony, Nintendo.. you know) because I will never buy another microsoft console... lost my money, my time wasted, all that to have an XBOX 360 stepping on my papers... haha what a piece of crap !