Officials over at Microsoft seem to think this is the case, Xbox’s EMEA VP Chris Lewis is one of the people hoping that the Xbox 360 could only be “halfway through its lifecycle”. MCV have heard from Microsoft in a statement given by Chris Lewis: “Xbox is defying the normal curve you might expect. There’s no doubt that Kinect put a huge shot of adrenaline into the business.”
Kinect may have given the 360 a shot in the arm, however we don’t really know where to watch at the moment. There have been many rumours over the past few weeks that suggest that a new console is on the horizon. Maybe Microsoft are turning the 360 into a family friendly console while they unveil a brand new console for the hard-core audience.
“What we are now seeing is massive swathes of families and younger audiences flocking to it. As you saw at the press conference, we are now in line with what we projected at E3 2010.”
“What you will see is us using Kinect to enhance the experience and not detract from it. I don’t think our core gamers will tolerate anything else from us.”
Lewis does suggest that the 360 will still have a core audience, integrating Kinect into games like Mass Effect 3 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. Although, there aren’t many titles like this at the moment, can we expect Microsoft to be bringing out more?
My opinion on the matter would be that they will bring out a new console, more powerful than the 360 and run their hard-core games with that system, while following a route similar to Sony and the PS2. They will keep the console alive, but use it as a cheaper motion-based console for the family. Taking over the position of the Wii and WiiU. This is shaping up to be a very interesting generation.