Microsoft says next Xbox still distant
By Jose Vilches, TechSpot.com
Published: January 12, 2009, 5:16 PM EST
original Xbox lasted only four years in the market before its next-gen
sibling arrived, but it looks like the Xbox 360 is going to be around a
bit longer than that. At least according to Microsoft’s Entertainment
and Devices president Robbie Bach, who claims the company will focus on
improving the Xbox’s games and features rather than rushing to
introduce a new model.
Microsoft appears to be eyeing a page
in Nintendo’s playbook, whose insanely successful Wii console almost
devalued technological horsepower in favor of innovative controls and
mass-market appeal. It’s evident that the next generation of consoles
will have to do more than simply push pixels. Of course, Bach also
notes that the current global economic crisis would make it all the
more difficult to convince users to upgrade their game consoles,
especially with the quality of graphics on today’s consoles.
of the decision could also be attributed to the explosion of Xbox Live,
the general trend toward multiplayer online games and digital
distribution on the rise. But most importantly, Microsoft seems to have
finally gotten its gaming business to the point where it is actually
turning a profit, so to rush the beginning of the next cycle would
certainly make no sense.