Microsoft’s Spencer Says Xbox 360 Has “More Than Two Years” Left

Well, we didn’t see an Xbox 720 or PS4 at E3 this year. Given all the rumors and rumblings, that means that we’ll almost certainly see the next generation of consoles revealed at next year’s E3. But Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios, wants to talk about the future of the current gen.

“I think the 360 has a lot more than two years,” said Spencer. “It has legs for a long time.”

Of course, the PS2 hung around (and still hangs around in some households) long after the PS3 launched. And unlike the jump from SD to HD, we won’t all have amazing new TVs that make our old systems look horribly outdated when 2013 and 2014 roll around (not like that stopped the Wii, though).

So should we be reading into these statements looking for clues as to when the next gen will start? I don’t think so. I just see it as Spencer stating the obvious: that not everyone is going to chuck their 360′s into the dumpster when Microsoft’s next system launches.

[Via GameSpot]

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7 Comments on Microsoft’s Spencer Says Xbox 360 Has “More Than Two Years” Left

Andrew Mathieu

On June 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

I agree that the current HD consoles a have long legs. With so many gamers and developers clamoring over newer better, hardware, I was worried how much longer I can buy awesome titles on my PS3. I’m really excited about titles like Lollipop Chainsaw, Assassin’s Creed III, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, and Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time. Hopefully developers won’t drop titles out of this generation in favor of the next. That’s not to say I’m not looking forward to the PS4 and so on, I’d just like to enjoy my PS3 for a little longer.


On June 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I don’t think the “next-gen” consoles are going to turn out to be quite as next-gen as people are hoping.


On June 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Got that right. I’m not planning on getting any next-gen consoles. I’m planning on learning how to build a gaming rig.


On June 9, 2012 at 2:53 am

thanks god


On June 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

Hey, I’ve been on cloud gaming since October 2010… WTF!!!


On June 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Unless the “Next Gen” consoles are up to par with the current top-end PC hardware, the graphical jump will not be as substantial as people are hoping for. Even if they went this route, the next generation of consoles would be at least as expensive as the PS3′s initial $600 launch price.. Which failed even before the economy went down the drain.

Some actually impressive next-gen hardware would be something like this..

Blue-Ray disc format
+256 GB Solid State Drive
3.8 – 4.2 Ghz Quadcore or Hexicore processor
6 GB’s of RAM
GTX 680, AMD 7970 , or equivalent GPU hardware
dedicated Physics processor

That’s at least twenty times the processing power of a Xbox 360 or PS3, by numbers. Also it would cut loading times by at least 70% compared to even an installed game on any current gen system. It would also allow developers to actually display there games at native 1080p.. Not this sub-720p upscaled garbage they do now.

Problem is, at current prices, those parts alone would cost about $1,300, not counting a case, power supply, and taxes. Not practical for the mass market.


On June 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm

However if you take those same specs and give it a year it will be half that price. Also they always sell the systems at a slight loss to get it into more peoples hands. That way they can sell the toolkit for developers for more.