Microsoft says Xbox 360 has more than two years left

According to the head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, the Xbox 360 may well be with us for quite a long time yet. 

With the next generation coming up quickly, some may expect that the Xbox 360 will fall by the wayside as Microsoft transitions to the next generation. However, that doesn't seem to be the case, as Spencer says it has "a lot more than just two years left."

Speaking to GameSpot, Spencer said, "It's a platform that has really reached scale; this is the time when you really see the great content showing up. The future in a lot of ways is always tomorrow: [things like] the SmartGlass technology and Windows 8 [show that] things are going to constantly evolve. 

"The world where everything gets centered around one console and when that comes out--we kind of have to evolve away from just thinking about that, [especially] with the service-based nature of games today. Right now the Xbox 360 is really healthy and it's doing incredibly well. I think the 360 has a lot more than two years [left]. It has legs for a long time."

The original Xbox disappeared from store shelves the instant there was even a whisper of an Xbox 360 being released, sparking some worries that Microsoft may be dropping support for 360 sooner rather than later. 

However, we expect Microsoft will keep supporting Xbox 360 for quite a while after the Xbox 720 arrives. Especially if they both share the same version of Xbox Live. Even if the first party games stop flowing, that doesn't prevent users from using their 360 for Netflix, purchasing videos, nor does it prevent third party developers from leveraging the tens of millions of current Xbox owners. So fret not, 360 owners. 


  • NullG7 - June 8, 2012 10:59 p.m.

    I only have one problem with this article. STOP CALLING IT THE XBOX 720 ITS THE STUPIDEST NAME EVER AND I DONT WANT IT TO STICK!
  • dave-molecular - June 8, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    I am quite content with my 360 and my ps3 as they currently are. I'm not seeing anything on the PC side currently that just blows me away and makes me think next gen consoles are needed right now. I loved the watch dogs presentation, but if sony or microsoft bring consoles to market in 2013 I personally think that would be too soon to take full advantage of the leap in processing power that could be available if they come out with new tech in mid to late 2014. That seems more reasonable. Halo 4 looks great, Splinter Cell:Blacklist, Last of Us and God of War Ascension look great, just to name a few... I'm hoping the next gen brings much more detail in environments and please, for the love of gaming give us more than 7 hour single player experiences with what I'm assuming will be greater storage capacity next time around.
  • Person5 - June 8, 2012 3:12 a.m.

    As much as I love my Xbox, I will disagree with that crazy statement. The Xbox has reached its limit, plain and simple.
  • inkyspot - June 7, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    2 years for who, not for me.
  • Letter11 - June 7, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    Even if I have to make some concessions in the visuals department, as long as they can make ports of games with great tech like Witcher 2 run decent for a while longer I'm down. Are you guys really looking that forward to spending hundreds of dollars on a new machine? @MasterBhater I would argue the most "innovative" games come from the indie space anyway, where graphical performance is never the focus.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 7, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    They are just trying to follow sony's formula when the ps3 released into the ps2's exsistence. Both the 360 and the ps3 will last two years into the next generation so that the core audience for the 8th gen has time to build up.
  • BladedFalcon - June 7, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    It would be nice if they had the games to back up that bold claim...
  • MysterEnygma - June 7, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    what he means by "2 years left" is 2 more Forza, Halo and Gears games and occasionally a Fable and like 7 different Dance Centrals.
  • ParagonT - June 7, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Funny, I just made this statement some hours ago about just this. I'll leave this here. ------- "Yeah, Nintendo is better so far, but I'm really trying to not make an investment in a console until I can compare it to the rest. It's an okay strategy to be the first one to push out another console, but if it's too early it just means that Microsoft, Sony, and others have time to develop a console that trumps it feverishly in a year or two. That might make early purchasers of the Wii U wane on their loyalty of their now "outdated"/"older" console, thus shortening the Wii U's lifespan by making the console play "catch-up" for the next console release. Unless of course Nintendo is going to stick with it, but the question is; how long? By Microsoft and Sony waiting, they may be able to get purchasers of the Wii U to buy one of their consoles on top of Nintendo's console more likely. Pretty genius really. Then Nintendo will be forced to push out great titles, or they will sink the console's staying power due to the others being more "new". Not saying Nintendo's console will fail, I'm sure it will sell well, but the other big two may actually shorten it's lifespan of they come out with a better console in a year or two. If Sony and Microsoft waits one and a half or two years, they could screw Nintendo unless Nintendo makes another console (I'm sure gamers would not be happy about that, thus a blow to future sales of the next console). If they wait one year, they could still screw Nintendo (Less likely although than two years) if they hype up how much better the console is to the Wii U, so its really all about public opinion of just how much more "advanced" is Sony's or Microsfts console. Nintendo better start planning a Freaking AMAZING game lineup and guess correctly which year they will release the next console to out-stage the new consoles. If Nintendo does that, they could keep their console from failing later after Sony and Microsoft's systems hits market."
  • ObliqueZombie - June 7, 2012 2:39 p.m.

    Two years must mean less than a year now, in the game corporation world. Have they SEEN Watch Dogs?
  • MasterBhater - June 7, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    I'm usually an Xbox/Microsoft fan, but if this statement happens to be true...then F**K you Microsoft. The aging PS3 and 360 are holding the games industry back, as you can see from Watch Dogs, Battlefield 3, and Star Wars 1313. You've had THREE Halo games on your console (soon to be 4) and THREE Gears of War games (Soon to be 4). It's time to move on. If a new console from Sony or Microsoft is not announced within the next two years, I'm moving on to PC gaming... You know, the platform that's actually INNOVATIVE, even if it's expensive and not as reliable.
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 7, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    ...As a multimedia hub, sure. As a competent gaming console? I really doubt it.

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