Microsoft has responded to questions about the longevity of its Xbox 360 games console, saying that there’s no need for a new Xbox for the moment, pointing at Project Natal as the way forward.
During this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft fielded questions about the current state of the games industry, including the world and its mother asking Microsoft if it had plans to develop a new console, the successor to its fantastically successful Xbox 360. According to The Guardian, Microsoft’s serior director of Xbox product management, David Hufford, addressed the questions, saying that,
“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.”
Of course, there are still all kinds of questions about whether or not those kind of incremental upgrades with software are appreciated by the user base, with many still polarised by the no-longer hot topic of the update that changed the Xbox 360’s dashboard and introduced customisable avatars. Still, it’s good to see that Microsoft plans to support the console in the long run, though Drummond’s statement to the effect that the 360 may not have hit the halfway point in its life yet is a touch strange.
Indeed, we’ll be curious to see how Microsoft handles the rollout of its new hardware for Project Natal, especially considering the fracturing effect that hardware introduced late in a hardware cycle can have.
Still, the biggest concern for now will likely be the size of a standard DVD. It seems that developers are already having trouble fitting content into the 9GBish on offer, with Rockstar complaining that during Grand Theft Auto 4’s development there were major concerns about the size of the disk. Similarly, the recently released Forza boasts an install disc as well as the play disc…