Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rumor upgrades for Xbox 720, might be for an updated 360 in 2012

Recent rumors surrounding possible new features in the next Xbox, might be for the current Xbox model. Cloud storage, expanding full game digital downloads and Windows 8 integration might all be coming to the 360 in 2012.

"Those rumors are silly. Microsoft is still selling a ton of Xbox 360s, and they won't replace the existing one until sales begin to slow. I think the rumors are based upon leaks about modifying the current Xbox 360 to allow it to operate Windows 8," said Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. "I fully expect a new model of Xbox 360 by holiday 2012, but don't think we see a new console altogether from Microsoft until 2014."

These rumor upgrades could be possible from current hardware since they don’t drastically change how the current model functions. A 2012 launch could be a stretch for a new Xbox and this could be a “Plan B” approach to extend the 360 for another year. This move might be good from a marketing standpoint and breathe new life into existing hardware, but hardcore gamers know the writing is on the wall for the 360.

 At 6 years old though, how more people are expected to upgrade their current model to a new version, if a new Xbox is expected to be released a year later? Compared to the Playstation 2, Xbox 360 still has room to grow. The PS2 sold 50 million units in the U.S. and 150 million worldwide. By comparison, the 360 has sold 25.4 units in the U.S. and almost 60 million worldwide. -TNGG

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