Xbox 360 successor may not be arriving as soon as expected
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Microsoft has stressed that the Xbox 360 has more than two years left in its life cycle.
During their E3 press conference, they revealed that the Xbox 360 is the current best-selling console globally. It's due to the ongoing positive commercial performance of the platform that the company foresees the console has "a lot more than two years" left before next-gen arrives. Head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, stated:
"It's a platform that has really reached scale; this is the time when you really see the great content showing up. The future in a lot of ways is always tomorrow: [things like] the SmartGlass technology and Windows 8 [show that] things are going to constantly evolve."The world where everything gets centered around one console and when that comes out--we kind of have to evolve away from just thinking about that, [especially] with the service-based nature of games today. Right now the Xbox 360 is really healthy and it's doing incredibly well. I think the 360 has a lot more than two years [left]. It has legs for a long time."
Speculation relating to the Xbox 720 has been spreading like wildfire since late 2011. Many expected Microsoft to at least make a mention of the next-gen platform during this year's E3 but that failed to come into fruition. That said, next year's E3 has been touted as the event that sees Microsoft unveiling the Xbox 360 successor.