The fifth anniversary of the Xbox 360 is speeding our way this year and with the pending release of Project Natal (and several new Xbox 360 bundles), one has to wonder if the console is just hitting its stride. Having already outpaced its predeccesor, the Xbox 360 is showing no signs of a slowdown. Can Microsoft really stretch this puppy to ten years?
If you recall, the original Xbox was soon an afterthought nearly 4 years into its life. Some would argue that Microsoft pulled the plug much sooner than that but as it stands, it only lasted 4 years. It debuted in November 2001 and in November 2005, the Xbox 360 took over. Microsoft has stated that the Xbox 360 won’t suffer the same fate as the original Xbox and it will last much longer than most anticipate. All signs point towards that being true if even for only the one additional year it has already lasted.
It’s probably inevitable that at some point a new Xbox will emerge from the shadows. But when…where…and what will it be? What do you want it to be? What do you want it to be called? My personal opinion is that we won’t here anything about another Xbox until the end of next year and possibly into 2012. I don’t think it will be dubbed the Xbox 720 either. Could the name of the next Xbox be right in front of our eyes? Xbox Natal anyone? Will Microsoft risk quality again to get a head start over the competition?
It’s fun to speculate on these things and bring out all of the conspiracies. We’ve already heard about a possible Xbox 360 Slim in production. I just don’t know how much more these console makers can do to impress us. Hell, I’m already impressed enough.
If you were in charge at Microsoft, what would you put inside the next Xbox to make it the most attractive console to purchase? How much would you price it at? What would you name it? What exactly do you want to see in the next Xbox that would get you to stay with the Xbox family?
Building your perfect successor to the Xbox 360 starts now…begin!