Microsoft’s Marketing and Strategy Chief for Xbox, Yusuf Mehdi, tried to quell those concerns yesterday by saying that the company will continue to support the 360 “for another three years.”
“We’re going to continue to invest in the Xbox 360 and the two devices can work in concert,” he added. “It’s not like the day we ship the Xbox One your 360 won’t work; we’ll continue to support it. In fact, we’re going to ship over 100 new games on Xbox 360. So you’ll still be able to play your [older] games, just not on the same exact box.”
Mehdi’s statement, while vague, is in line with Sony’s stated plan to support the PlayStation 3 through 2015.
The previous generation of consoles continued to receive support from their manufacturers well beyond the release of the Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2005 and 2006, respectively.
Microsoft let Xbox Live for the original Xbox linger until 2010, while Sony continued actually making the PlayStation 2 until December 2012.