There's only two months left before the next generation of video game consoles gets fully underway. While Nintendo kicked off the eight generation of consoles last November with the Wii U, it's Microsoft and Sony's time to launch their next consoles and get the race going.
The issue many Xbox gamers are facing is if they should get rid of their Xbox 360 console. One easy answer is yes, trade your console and games in or sell them, use all that cash or credit towards the Xbox One and it's bevy of launch titles that are set to come out in November. That's the easy answer, the hard answer is: no, keep your console.
According to Microsoft, there's going to be at least three more years of support for the Xbox 360. That's quite a bit considering the console launched eight years ago. Should Microsoft actually keep up the support, their original promise of having a ten year console will come to fruition. Sony has already done it with the Playstation 2, there's no reason Microsoft can't do it with the Xbox 360.
Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi confirmed the three year plan. He went on to call the Xbox 360 "incredibly profitable in the tall" which means "it's making impossible to believe amounts of money late in its life."
On top of people getting into the Xbox 360 late in the game, you still have plenty of Triple-A titles releasing for the system. For instance, "Grand Theft Auto V" is launching in September, and looks to be the biggest and best "Grand Theft Auto" game yet. Rockstar purposely held back launching "GTAV" on the next gen, because they've spent years harnessing the power of the current gen systems for the game.
If that's not reason enough to stick around, then feast your eyes on the games that are still set to launch on the Xbox 360:
- "Call of Duty: Ghosts"
- "WWE 2K14"
- "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag"
- "Batman: Arkham Origins"
- "Need For Speed: Rivals"
- "Watch Dogs"
There's more games then that as well, plenty that have yet to get a final release date. The fact is, there's plenty of first and third party games to play on the Xbox 360. For those that can't shell out the cash for the Xbox One, you can still enjoy this year's biggest games on your current platform.
Another factor to consider when you think about getting rid of your Xbox 360 is that typically, the first six to eight months in a consoles lifespan is basically a beta test. Users will be putting the system through it's paces, in ways that testing just can't do. So it'll take time for Microsoft to find and fix any issues the system has. So you could give yourself that headache, sure, but remember the whole "red ring of death" issues? Yeah, no one wants to go through something like that again.
The games that have yet to be released, coupled with the beta testing the Xbox One will go through it's first months out on the market, means this Examiner won't be upgrading until next Summer, at the earliest. Besides, now's the time to get a new Xbox 360, what with all the price drops that are on the way and bundles that retailers want to push out to make room for the Xbox One.
The Xbox One, for those that are upgrading, will launch on November 22, 2013.