Microsoft teases 'huge' Xbox 360 announcement for E3

VP Phil Spencer says company will support current-gen platform for "years to come," hints at "surprising" announcement for E3.

Though Microsoft's future is the Xbox One, the platform holder is not leaving the Xbox 360 behind anytime soon.

Microsoft Game Studios executive Phil Spencer told GameSpot that the company will support the platform for "years to come" and even has a "huge" Xbox 360 announcement in the works for next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

"I think the [Xbox 360] is going to be very vibrant for many years. In fact, we have a huge, I think it's huge, [Xbox 360] announcement for E3 that I keep wanting to talk about, but I can't," Spencer said. "I think it will surprise people. I loved what we did last year with Minecraft; bring Minecraft to the box; six million units later it's kind of a beast. I think there's a lot of life in the [Xbox 360] for years to come."

Over 77 million Xbox 360 units have been sold worldwide to date and Xbox Live membership stands at over 46 million users.

Microsoft is not the only company that plans to support current-generation platforms well into the future. Yesterday, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said the Battlefield and FIFA publisher will continue to support Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii through 2017 at least.

More from GameSpot's conversation with Spencer will be published later today. This interview was conducted by GameSpot executive editor Justin Calvert during the Xbox One announcement event in Redmond, Washington yesterday.

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SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I can't see how any announcement is going to help with the rough weak MS had after the Xbox One reveal.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

I am going to tell everyone in my city how awesome Xbox One is, that way PS4 will be easier to get this Fall.

Bercilak
Bercilak

The only announcement that wouldn't suck would be that they're introducing a gamer's version of the XboxOne: no Kinect, no daily internet update, no fee-charging to play a used game.

Absent the above, the announcement will in fact suck.

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

No required connection and no used game fees?

That would be a very nice surprise!

Scarshi
Scarshi

The new update will flash images on your screen to hypnotize you into automatically smashing any PS4's you come across. It will be called Trojan ONE.

us654
us654

They will make Xbox 360 subscription free. No more monthly or yearly price for XboxLive.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

Ok there is quite a bit of good news in this article .... very happy finally with something related to the console gaming world this week

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Surprise me then. It is going to take some effort because before your Xbone reveal you told me to #dealwithit and now you are telling me I'm backwards and out of touch because I play older games... honestly MS I don't know what you could reveal that would surprise me in the right way anymore. 

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

What I'd really like to see is cross platform play for Xbox 360 and One for games released on both

TooCoolForYou
TooCoolForYou

At E3 they will announce that the xbox has DVR capabilities and can record your favorite tv shows for a small fee.

ciphfer
ciphfer

$99 bucks! 

There it is.

xcollector
xcollector

They are going to have to support the 360 going forward when no body supports the xbox one.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I think they already mentioned a new Xbox 360 re-design, so I can't think of anything else other than that? Perhaps a big price drop? Maybe Kamasutra Kinect will finally be released? :P

jurassiraptor
jurassiraptor

They'll have to support the 360 for years to come. Those will be their only customers when nobody buys the Cablebox One.

hystavito
hystavito

The 360s have a self destruct in them that will be activated later this year?  That would be HUGE news :).

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Well hey, at least it's better than what they did to the original Xbox.

They completely stopped supporting it when the 360 launched.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

xbox live gold will be free for the 360 for the next 2 years... then the servers are shut down forever. This is my guess. To make up for this there will be ads upon ads. 'This multiplayer brought to you by...' but the X1 will charge 100$ a year for live.

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

Big announcement is: dont go backwards!!! throw your 360 garbage and buy an "all-in-One" superhyped expensive VCR-like console TV shit

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

If XB1 doesn't fully support current indie games... 360 will probably live until they pull the plug.

blue-peregrine
blue-peregrine

In the next few years, the Xbox 360 will be outdated thanks to Blu-ray on the Xbox One.

DbzJohno
DbzJohno

here is there surprise for us ()=========>---------------------------

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

The announcement most gamers want to hear is the required internet connection was a joke.

jasongm
jasongm

seriously they are gonna support 360 for many years to come? most new games that come after are shovelware/movie titles no one even buys... sighs...

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

The surprise announcement: "You're all screwed!" #DealWithIt 

crushbrain
crushbrain

The BIG announcement. If it is anything like what we have been hearing, it is going to be catastrophic. Big surprise!! We are disconnecting xbox live on xbox one launch day!!! Or Yay we are now going to charge you for used games just like on xbox one!!! Or guess what? That's right... we are going to automatically charge your credit card each day until you buy an xbox one as a kind of "end user fee" for not upgrading your system!!!!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gegglington
Gegglington

it'll be 1000 gig hard drive for when M$ live + one gets up and running and we have to install all our games to play oh and a live price hike robbing bastards

Incubus420
Incubus420

This line right here tells you all you need to know, "I think the [Xbox 360] is going to be very vibrant for many years. In fact, we have a huge, I think it's huge, [Xbox 360] announcement for E3 that I keep wanting to talk about, but I can't," This guy thinks any news about the 360 is "very exciting." These Muney grubbing bums over at Microsoft need to just stop.  These $400 Million dollar deals with ESPN and the NFL are a big waste of money.  My parents aren't going to change their current cable provided just because a new videogame system came out.  I am certainly not going to switch out my cable box which is shared between my roommates and I, just to connect my XBOX ONE and have then burn the system out, all while still paying for Xbox live and my normal cable and internet package.  Think I will pass and get a PS4. 

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

HUGE announcement, the Xbox 360 is the device you play your games on while the Xbox One is the device you watch TV on.

TrueGB
TrueGB

"Sorry! We were just trolling you guys. Call it a late April Fools joke. Here's the REAL Xbox One! Just like a 360, only better with none of the restrictions and full backwards compatibility."

Anything less than that is NOT a surprising announcement...well, short of the XO being free.

sacatash
sacatash

I believed it's the rumoured Stingray, an accessory that connects to the X1 to play the Xbox 360 games.  If its cheap like $99.00 and a standalone device with a hard drive sure, I'll get one and sell my old 360.  But if it is a peripheral, forget it. Who would want to buy this peripheral if you already own an Xbox 360?

Durf88
Durf88

Don't expect that me or any of my friends will be buying one of these. Microsoft wants too much control and offers too little in return. Pay a huge amount for a next-gen console and get screwed out of everything we used to love from borrowing or trading games with friends to buying one game and having it play on two consoles in my own house. Yeah, I know, first world problem but if I'm going to have two consoles who the hell is Microsoft to tell me I can't play a game both?

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Too much secrecy... too much bullsh*t... enough already!

WhenManCries
WhenManCries

@us654 after i hacked my x360 with rgh hack i think this news isnt huge for me and othrs like me


PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Spartan_418 Unless they patch X1-like "connect daily, used game fees, kinect required" into 360 to give us time to adjust and make us unable to stick with 360 in the future.

 Also, 77 million units sold and 46 million live users? Sure there are RROD's and some people are always connected with silver membership, but doesn't that give some idea of the multiple millions of people who aren't connected all the time?  "Who cares, why would I want to live there?"

LatinproX
LatinproX

@Incubus420 Good point about parents not opting to change their cable. However, they are targeting a demographic that can decide whatever they feel like doing about their entertainment options. I pay way too much on cable fees and would like a cheaper solution, since I don`t have room mates and don`t live with my parents.

LatinproX
LatinproX

@sacatash That what u wrote makes no sense. Standalone or peripheral? there is no distinction. U still need it to play Xbox 360 games on the X1. WTF?!

sebman2112
sebman2112

@Durf88 Sorry, but you are an idiot. First, this article is about the XBOX 360, not the Xbox One. Second, Microsoft has already said you can use your purchased games on more than one console without paying a fee, you just have to sign into the account your used to activate the game on that second, third, fourth, or fifth (how ever many consoles you play on) to play the game without incurring an extra fee. The game activation process links your purchased games to your account, not to any one single console. 

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

 @sebman2112 you still cant lend rent or trade to and from your friend so point still stands

Durf88
Durf88

@sebman2112 @Durf88 you know, it's dickheads like you that make me hate people. Oh, don't worry about being polite, be a dickhead because it's the internet. F u dickhead

sebman2112
sebman2112

@Durf88 @sebman2112 I know I was rude, I'm just sick of reading all the comments on here from people like you talking out of your asses. Why don't you actually read the articles on this website that already answered your concerns. Also, like I said, this is a 360 article, not an XBox One article...which leads me to believe you are simply a troll trying to spread disinformation throughout all the microsoft/xbox related articles. Now have a nice day, and go back to living in your blissful world of ignorance.