A developer from 343 Industries, the team currently carrying the Halo 4 torch around the world, has spoken on the future of Xbox 360, claiming Microsoft's ageing machine still has lots of "untapped power" we'll see in years to come.
The quotes come from Frank O'Connor, former Bungie employee and current head of all things Halo at Microsoft. While the thrust of the Frank's opinion is clearly designed to promote the buying of Xbox 360 ahead of the launch of Halo 4 next month, his notion, that existing consoles will survive for years and years as more than simple budget options, is clearly quite valid. Here's Frank:
"The reason that Halo 4 looks good is that that machine has an awful lot of untapped power still and it’s going to continue to. I think that looking forward into the future I can see years from now, even after next-gen platforms are out, that you’ll have lower priced versions of the existing consoles happily living side by side and serving really valuable functions.
"Not just becoming the little brother's cast offs, but still being your Netflix player, still being your DVD player, your Blu-ray player in the case of the PS3, and still doing really vital things around your house. And that means if people are still using it they’re still going to want gaming experiences on it.”
Obviously the more obsessed gamers will be demanding Xbox 720 for Christmas and Xbox 1080 in time for Easter and then a portable version of both in time for Bonfire Night, but there's still lots of life in the current machines yet. Especially when they're inevitably busted down to £99. [VG247]