Microsoft won't comment on plans for Xbox 360 Skype app

While Microsoft has made a big fuss about adding Skype support to the Xbox One console, the company has yet to release a Skype app for the eight-year-old Xbox 360. Unfortunately, it appears that Microsoft doesn't want to comment on any plans to add Skype to its second-generation gaming machine.

In IGN's latest "Ask Microsoft Anything" Q&A, Xbox platform architect executive Marc Whitten flat out dodged a question from a fan who asked about that subject. Whitten's answer was simply, "For now, our focus is on making Skype on Xbox One a premiere experience." Hopefully, the "for now" part of the answer simply means that Microsoft might offer an Xbox 360 app at some point in the future.

In another part of the Q&A, Whitten also said Microsoft has no plans to support HD DVD on the Xbox One. The company placed its bets on the high definition disc movie standard when it launched an HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 in 2006. In the end, the format lost out to Blu-Ray, which Sony not only backed but put inside every one of its PlayStation 3 consoles. Now it looks like the few remaining HD-DVD add-ons will have to remain hooked up to an Xbox 360.

Yet another question asked Whitten if Microsoft plans to let Xbox One owners access old gamertags that have been left behind by inactive Xbox 360 users. Whitten seemed to hint that might happen, saying, "We’ve released inactive gamertags in the past, but it’s been a while. Stay tuned."

Source: IGN | Image via Microsoft

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If he's dodging questions about Skype on Xbox 360, that should make it clear that he doesn't want to tell them the bad news.

It's not about the bad news, I think it's all about features and its compatibility. Just like the x86-x64 and PPC issues..well, I guess that is technically bad news, more of an issue.

Kind of odd to have an article about this... I thought the QR codes question and answer was the best part of this week's Q&A. Just scan your subscription card / gift card with Kinect - whamo!

Probably about making a basic feature more special than it actually is on Xbox One.

Very few would care about Skype on Xbox, it is available on almost everything including tvs.

Microsoft just blowing their own trumpet to make Kinect and Xbox One useful. Just wait until users find out they need a gold sub to use it. Back to laptops, tablets etc.

It would actually give my Kinect something productive to do rather than get sworn at or gather dust on the undesirable glossy finish.

I cancelled my Skype, I really liked the service for the first few years, but now with all the changes and constant nickel and diming to simply use the service on devices I've paid for was enough to say F it. Believe it or not, there are some very good alternatives out there....maybe will revisit next year.

Hahaiah said,
Believe it or not, there are some very good alternatives out there....maybe will revisit next year.

I'm genuinely interested. What other app compares to Skype, and works seamlessly across the Windows desktop, Windows Phone, iOS and Android? At least on the desktop, chat, VoIP and desktop sharing are all a must.

Note that I'm not suggesting Skype's awesome.

Edited by _dandy_, Sep 11 2013, 1:05pm :

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