Microsoft is putting most of their Fall 2013 eggs in the Xbox One’s basket. Currently, the software giant plans to publish only two retail games for the Xbox 360 (Fable Anniversary and Zoo Tycoon) by the end of the year. Three Xbox Live Arcade games (LocoCycle, Ascend: Hand of Kul, and Super Time Force) will also be released in late 2013 under the Microsoft Studios banner. But, according to Yusuf Mehdi, the Xbox Division’s Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, the seventh generation system is far from dead.
Speaking at last week’s Citi Global Technology Conference, Mehdi said: “If you look at Xbox 360, that platform [has] lasted for seven to eight years and it’s going to go for another three years. It’s incredibly profitable now in the tail.”
Mehdi also reassured his audience that the Xbox 360 wouldn’t limp along with three years of increasingly dwindling support from EA Sports. He said that Microsoft is going to “invest heavily” in the Xbox 360 and that the company wants the two consoles to live side-by-side. This includes plans for 100 new Xbox 360 games (from Microsoft and third-party partners) between now and December 2016.
It seems likely that most of these games will be ports of Xbox One titles, but it’s nice to hear that the Xbox 360 is still on Microsoft’s radar.