Microsoft hints Xbox 360 game support might end in 2016

Microsoft has just announced a November 22nd launch date for the Xbox One game console, eight years to the day that the company launched the current Xbox 360. Many fans of that console may wonder how long Microsoft, and game publishers, will continue to support the Xbox 360.

In a presentation this week at the Citi Global Technology Conference, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi stated, "If you look at 360 that platform lasted for seven to eight years and it's going to go for another three years." That would seem to hint that Microsoft is looking at the year 2016 to end support for the Xbox 360.

It's possible that Mehdi meant that there will be no more games released for the Xbox 360 after 2016. Even if that does happen, it's likely that Microsoft will continue to support the console in terms of its hardware and its Xbox Live service beyond that date. We have emailed Microsoft for clarification.

Mehdi also said as part of his presentation that over 100 Xbox 360 games will still be released for the Xbox 360. He added, "We're going to continue to invest in Xbox 360, and the two devices can work in concert. So it's not like the day we ship Xbox One your 360 won't work. We'll continue to support it."

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Mehdi also said as part of his presentation that over 100 Xbox 360 games will still be released for the Xbox 360

O_O

I don't think they'll stop support. I think we'll just stop seeing games coming out for it. Live and Replacements, etc i think will still go on for many more years.

greenwizard88 said,
I thought the xbox 360 was the console for the next 10 years, for people without internet

It came out in 2005, you're getting your 10 years and a bit more, borderline ancient as far as hardware goes and that's a fairly typical lifespan for a console, plus or minus.

Max Norris said,

It came out in 2005, you're getting your 10 years and a bit more, borderline ancient as far as hardware goes and that's a fairly typical lifespan for a console, plus or minus.

I think he's referring to the hardware refresh that was announced this year.

Don't worry though there will be the typical naysayers that will complain that MS is abandoning the 360 so soon after the One comes out. Nevermind that this has been an unusually long generation, the fact that MS is looking towards the future is enough for some people to start the typical bitch and moan fest.

unusually long? 8 years is unusual? Since when?
Check previous console generations, 7 years is pretty much the average.

Not sure what times you lived in when a console was released every 2 or so years.

NES: 1985 (US, 1983 in Japan)
SNES: 1991 (US, 1990 Japan)
N64: 1996
GameCube: 2001
Wii: 2006
Wii U: 2012

That's just Nintendo. So yes, 8yrs is unusually long considering previously, the longest time span was the original NES to SNES, and even then, max, it was only 7yrs and that was in Japan. If you look at sony, then you have:

PlayStation: 1995 (US, 1994 Japan)
PS2: 2000
PS3: 2006
PS4: 2013

All this shows is that the lifespan of consoles is getting longer, and I feel this coming generation will be at least as long as the current generation.

The release of a new console doesn't mean support for the old one immediately ends. The Playstation 2 was still supported with new releases until just this year for example. Also...

Atari 2600: Introduced 1977 / Discontinued 1992