Xbox 360 to have 10-year life span - Report

Microsoft executive Shane Kim says plan calls for current hardware to be on store shelves until 2015.

The original Xbox launched in November of 2001, and Microsoft stopped manufacturing the console in early 2006. Microsoft expects its successor, the Xbox 360, to enjoy a significantly longer life span.

Its days are numbered...somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,650 days.

Speaking with tech blog VentureBeat this week, Microsoft games division executive Shane Kim said the company believes that the Xbox 360 will enjoy a 10-year lifespan. The system originally launched in November of 2005, and Kim said Microsoft has projected the 360 life cycle to run through 2015.

The 10-year life cycle is Sony's long-standing goal for the PlayStation line of systems. Sony discontinued the original PlayStation more than 11 years after its debut, while the PlayStation 2 will celebrate its ninth birthday later this year.

According to one industry observer, this week's announcements of motion-sensing control systems for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will help those platforms achieve such goals. Lazard Capital Markets' Colin Sebastian released a note to investors in which he said the new technology could provide the next big growth driver for the industry, as well as extending the current console cycle.

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Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

ive had my sega genesis for almost 20 years and never had a problem with it...

dean0null
dean0null

Maybe a life-cycle of 10 years, but I bet the next Xbox is coming out in 2012-2013 and that's pushing it. Really, they should have graphics 10 times as powerful and in 3D.

bluefox755
bluefox755

rock on fanboys! cause everyone knows the that if you own a console, its clearly better in every way...lol

makavelli12
makavelli12

i dont know if its a blight but heell no i rather my 360

makavelli12
makavelli12

i love my 360 it never broke down were as my ps3 broke 2

george999819
george999819

@DKHardee Not if you're talking about sales, game lineups, or online services, though. Or really anything, for that matter.

andalore
andalore

haha i thought it meant a single 360 could last you 10 years, everyone knows 360s arent built to last

DKHardee
DKHardee

PS3 is the greatest system by far

MAR71N
MAR71N

Iv had my xbox 360 for 4years now and never had a problem with it.... but there are too many good games coming out for both 360 and ps3 4them 2even think about another generation of consoles.

Luiz_AF
Luiz_AF

huh..... I don't think that 360 will live thata long. Only if PS3 sales decrease a lot in the next years. I don't think that that will happen.

snooker8th
snooker8th

yeah i really think 360 and ps3 should stay in the game for as long as possible. can't see much point in owning more powerful consoles yet... although i haven't know a person whose 360 has lasted longer than 2 years without dying, either rrod, harddrive or power supply issues. my ps2 is now officially dead, only because I spilled alcohol all through it :( i think Nintendo should release a new console and raise the standard a little.

JunkyMcMuffin
JunkyMcMuffin

Thats good news, more power of a new system isn't necasary for better games (for now anyways). With the tech of current gen systems pretty much being sqeezed of all their juice, it will force developers to start being more creative and inovative. Not to mention there is no way I could afford whatever next-gen machine they would release...lol

Seiryu-617
Seiryu-617

I'd like to see these consoles last longer. I only just got my 360 and I'd be upset to see it end anytime soon. And a longer lifespan would also give me the chance to get a PS3 before they make it obsolete.

DXnickP
DXnickP

I bought the original Xbox back in 2003. I was a little surprised that the 360 came out 4 years after the originals release, and I had invested quite a bit of cash in it. I bought a 360 at launch and would definately like to see it last until around 2015. I'm thinking about getting a PS3 because there are some exclusives that interest me, but again, I'd like to have any investment I made last as long as possible. People can mention 'outdated technology' , but the PS2 continued to give us excellent games long after the technology was 'outdated'.

BoomStickJonny
BoomStickJonny

Im failing to see where this "360 uses outdated technology" comes from?? and does anyone have any figures on game sales for 360 vs Ps3??

thanksforthfish
thanksforthfish

I don't mind this, I'm still enjoying my PS3 and have no desire to spend however many hundreds of dollars on a new system in the next few years.

bennae66
bennae66

besides im sure playstation fanboys arent complaining that a completely out of date ps2 is still going. or are they? *raises eyebrow*

bennae66
bennae66

amazing that people take such strong sides in this. i think the ps3 and 360 could last till 2015 but id secretly like the gpu to be upgraded on both units (yes BOTH since the ps3 gpu allegedly isnt as good as the 360's - tho the cpu is clearly superior) ive spent too much money on both my 360 and ps3 (yes i own both) to have them replaced tomorrow. bring on natal!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

How can you give a piece of hardware a 10 year lifespan when said piece cannot physically last that long without needing replacing. I'll buy a 360 IF they re-design and build it to last, otherwise I'll just stick with my PS3 and Wii.

acemasta21
acemasta21

@gedbyz i did the same to my ps3 and its perfectly fine nice trolling btw and yes i had a 360 it broke on me 6 times

gedbyz
gedbyz

The only reason 360 got rings of death was because they played all night, every night, for like a month. You know why, because people are stupid.

gedbyz
gedbyz

Hey sony people. You guys can just give me a dutch rudder for all I care.

Excedra
Excedra

If they wanna last 10 years, they should really start working on that ring of death. I mean, they announced that they were working on a solution a while back, then what happened?

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@iamamanami You make a good point but you need to do your research its estimates from as low as (55% to as high as 73%) of the original 11.6 million X360s that died and about a million were replaced buy the extended warranty which has been expanded from just RROD to also cover E74. These estimates also havent been updated sense mid 2007 but it still says that at least 5 million X360s broke in a way that doesnt cover the extended warranty meaning 5 million X360s are unusable and doing nothing but taking up space.

iamamanami
iamamanami

10 year life span? How come? More than 10 million 360s has been died since 360 launched.

Cougar_914
Cougar_914

MS stealing 10 year lifespan from sony? Stupidest statement ever, It's called buisiness, longer lifespan means more money. Sony did the same thing to Microsoft when they took achievements and renamed them trophies. Also, Wii started with Avatars and MS and Sony followed up with Home and NXE. Before that, consoles took online gaming from the PC. By that logic I guess you could also say that Microsoft ripped off the RROD from PS2's "disc read error"

Ted_Zanarukando
Ted_Zanarukando

The life cycle of this console generation is most likely going to last longer than the previous ones. The launch price points to this long life cycle. The highly sophisticated specifications of this console generation are enough to last for ten years.

Metalnoid
Metalnoid

WHAT!!! ok, there is a global crisis out there. But i cant stand until 2015 with a HD Wii, the consoles real life is no more than 5 years. After that time, the games need new hardware to advance. XBOX 360 is reaching the top right now. I would like to see a game with good graphics out of the ultra used Unreal engine. And the Xenon, Zephyr, and Falcon are burning after 12-15 months +-. I hope the Jasper could fix that.

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

Lewis2112 The only reason that the 360 sells more than the ps3 is because of the entry price point! If the ps3 price point was lower then they would conquer the hardcore gaming market! But my main point is not about sales its just the fact that the ps3 e3 performance was remarkable, and the 360 has obsolete hardware compared to the ps3, if we are talking one microsoft or sony console for the next 6-7 years, then it makes no sense to keep supporting a 360! The only way I can see this working for microsoft is if they release a completly new console , with backwards comp! Right now though the ps3 does everything out of the box that my 360 dosen't. I'm not spending 100 dollars on a wireless adapter, and paying 50 a year for xbox live!? thats a waste of money. Besides I only play sf4! I am not a Halo head, and if i was my 360 is good for that. The best games will be coming and looking better on the ps3. playing games online for free seals it for me!

lewis2112
lewis2112

@anomaly3001 if the 360 was so obselete why does it sell more year on year than the ps3? anyway ill defo be picking up a ps3 soon anyway although i despise the console and the controller, future games will be too much for the 360. where as the ps3 will conquer them without troubles and disc changes -__- heres looking at you Square enix games.

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

My xbox360 has become my enemy! xbox live cust. service sux! I'm no fanboy either I just have common sense. I can't justify Microsoft charging for online gaming and high priced peripherals anymore. How can the 360 last 10 years with RROD and now E74? I asked about the YLOD not to start a argument, but for the simple fact that i can buy a used ps3 at a good price, because they don't break! U can't adopt a 360 used because if u get RROD there is a chance that u might be stuck with it. I have the warranty but i'm just tired of my xbox and all of its high price problems. xbox is going 10 years? no blu-ray, no out of the box wi-fi, no interchangeable HDD!? The console is already obsolete to the ps3!

systemfan1188
systemfan1188

kinda funny seeing that the avg 360's lifespan is barely a year. SARCASM*** Yes I know what they mean - I'm on my 4th one now - had to crack a joke on it. It could last 10 years - but whenever Sony and / or Nintendo get ready to unveil a new one - M$ will follow - 360 will still go on but everyone will jump on the newer systems. I don't see 360 having as much love a generation behind as say the PS2 still does after all these years. Would be cool but once the new systems get unveiled - I'm all over it.

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

I'm no fanboy I just wanted to know about YLOD before I buy, because I can get a great price on a used ps3 rather than spending on a new one! U can't really buy a 360 used because u will get RROD i got it twice! I was really behind the 360 until they started with the 10 life span crap! Its not possible the system has lost all of its flash as all of the main exclusives have came and gone! Sony's line up is quite nice and to be honest I only play SF4 online for the competition and my 3fixme has somehow scratched my game to hell! lol XBox live customer support sux and paying for online gaming on the 3fixme is not justifiable anymore. Like I said I'm not a fanboy i just have common sense. I want have everything out of the box online gaming included. ps3 has enough games now and showed a heck of a line up at e3

jqm1978
jqm1978

.....what about my atari jaguar?

jqm1978
jqm1978

Does this mean my sega saturn is dead and they will no longer be making games for it?

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

some people had a 360 lifespan of a week due to the little flashing red light.

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Off topic, but are the news topics on the main page ever going to get updated? Does E3 being over mean there's no more gaming news?

Fed__X
Fed__X

@sieg they already have. I see this as M$ trying to 1up Sony. Fail.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Glad to hear I'm not going to be "out of date" anytime soon :D

sieg6529
sieg6529

Fantastic! I don't have one yet, and I would be thrilled if the current gen lasted until 2015. Heh, maybe Sony will make something out of the PS3 by then?

gamesock
gamesock

I'm glad to see Microsoft is still sticking by their product.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@NyGin07, Here we are indeed, 30+ million units sold.