Remember the old 5-year cycle for systems? Every 5 years a new console would come out. For Microsoft, though, there seems
to be no plans for a future Xbox at the moment.
In an interview with Eurogamer
, Stephen McGill, Microsoft's Xbox & Entertainment Director, discusses the future of Xbox:
We've no plans for another Xbox. You'll continue to see us bring amazing new experiences to the console, without you having to buy a brand new console. A couple of years ago we didn't have movies, Sky, Facebook and Twitter - now we've got things like Kinect.
We'll continue to evolve those gaming and entertainment experiences through the power of software updates, rather than new chipsets and plastic.
Aaron Greenberg, Chief of Staff for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, seems to think differently. On October 29th, Greenberg said the following to Eurogamer:
We think of Kinect as really the launch of the new platform and a new generation, in many ways. We have the sensor, we have a line-up of 15 new titles, we're investing in it as if it's a new launch.
What we're looking at now is how we can creatively bring variety and new ways to play. Kinect allows us to do that without having to launch an entirely new platform. So I think we're five years in and we safely feel like there's at least another five years left in this generation.
Greenberg acknowledges that a new experience can extend the life of a console but attaches a 10-year life expectancy to the current Xbox. McGill is hesitant to arbitrarily add a number as he's purely focused on the "experience":
I'm not sure what the timeframe is. There's a long long way to go with the experiences people deliver on this platform - we're just beginning to scratch the surface.
Obviously we've got this brand new experience platform with Kinect. The launch games and experiences are pretty phenomenal but it's a gateway to unlock a lot of amazing ideas for developers. So there's a long way to go.
And there you have the answers to the next Xbox: you're looking at a range from 5 years to a "long way to go." While there is no exact date, I am certainly happy to know that my 2006 investment will last at least another 5 years.
Don't forget to read the entire interview as McGill says some interesting things, like a possible Halo: Combat Evolved