The Xbox One was just revealed and people don’t seem to be too pleased about it. Mainly because Microsoft made the Xbox One look like a glorified media-center. You can read my Xbox One reveal re-cap and thoughts here, if you so wish.
I have great news for all of you Xbox 360 fans but Xbox One haters out there, Microsoft will continue to support the 360 for at least another 5 years from now. After the One is released, Microsoft is expecting to sell about 25 million 360s over the course of five years. So dropping support for the Xbox 360 right away would make little if no sense at all.
“That’s something we’re shooting for, it’s not a financial plan as such, it’s just rough numbers if you will,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s senior vice president, in an interview with OXM, “To sell another 25 million, half of those will probably come from replacements, but half will come from new buyers. And the way we’ll break into those segments is by hitting new price points, getting new classes of entertainment to come with the Xbox, and breaking into new customer segments. So you’ll see the Xbox 360 continue to exist, even as we launch the next generation Xbox One.”
Microsoft is doing the right thing. Both from a business standpoint and from a moral standpoint, but I’m guessing they are doing this purely from a business standpoint. However, it keeps their 360 fans calm and satisfied for at least 5 more years.