Three more years of Xbox 360

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The next generation of consoles is very nearly upon us; in just a few months we’ll be playing the same games we’re playing now, just with shinier graphics, at a higher frame rate and resolution.  When Microsoft transitioned in to this generation of consoles from the original Xbox, they dropped support for the old console like Skrillex dropping the bass – and if you wanted to keep playing games you needed a new console. Not this time…

Microsoft has promised that they’ll support the positively ancient Xbox 360 for at least another three years.

"You’ve seen us over the years constantly be focused on profitability and improving year over year,"Xbox chief marketing boss Yusuf Mehdi said at the Citi Global Technology Conference (which you can watch here). "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.

“We’re going to continue to invest in Xbox 360, 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.”

Mehdi also added that the console will see at least 100 more games – so you don’t really need to jump in to next gen until 2016. Of course, you’re going to want to.

Last Updated: September 5, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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