Seven years. That’s how long the Xbox 360 has been around after it succeeded the preceding game console (the original Xbox) and came into the gaming world with a fancy, albeit red-ringed, entrance accompanied and helped along by major game names such as Gears of War, Halo, Guitar Hero, Assassins Creed and many more. Despite the seven years of existence, in comparison to roughly the four year existence of the original Xbox console, the Xbox 360 has proved to be immensely popular.
Microsoft released its sales figures this week which showed that approximately 960,000 of the Xbox 360 consoles sold out while around 750,000 of the new Kinect systems (either with or without a Xbox 360) were bought. 800,000 of the 960,000 consoles were sold within the time frame of Black Friday.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 could prove to be the number one console in the U.S. for the eleventh month in a row if sales continue at this pace.
Moreover, the Xbox 360 continues to be updated by significant upgrades (one to arrive on December 6) supplied by Microsoft, Verizon and at least 40 other entities to Xbox Live and the entertainment sections.
As for the Xbox “720″ or the “Loop”, it seems that nobody is paying much attention to when it could be released if these sales figures are any indication of the consumers’ minds.
With Microsoft’s recent actions (that include hiring VLSI graphics architects and VLSI performance architects) hinting at early preparation for constructing the Xbox 720 or the Xbox “Loop”, there are rumors abound that the next generation game console will be as powerful as today’s best computers available and obviously more so than the Xbox 360 which was launched in 2005.
Some have speculated that the Xbox 720/Loop will actually be cheaper and more compact than its predecessor.
Many have gossiped about the next generation Xbox running on the latest ARMS processing architecture and Windows 9.
As for its debut, some think that Microsoft will show the console at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2012 while others boldly declared that it will make its debut at E3 in 2012.
Microsoft spokespeople have commented very little on the Xbox 720/Loop.
Retailers and game developers though expect that the new console will come out around the year 2014 or 2015 and are preparing for the release in their own ways.
According to gaming analyst Colin Sebastian, this console could come out after the launching of the Playstation 4 even though Sony is concentrating on the current Playstation 3 and the PlaystationVita.