Originally Posted by bd2003
Don't forget the 360 was announced in may of 2005, the same year it came out. Just cause they're not talking about it this year doesn't push anything to 2014-2016. My money is still on 2013. It's now pretty much established that devs are working on games for next gen consoles. That much was obvious from this year's GDC.The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.
That is technically a very valid point. But those of us who have argued the latter timelines of 2014-beyond have already written a blizzard of points to support equally valid assumptions. It just seems like events and the economy are conspiring in ways which make the 2014-out assumptions more realistic. MS seems to have a portfolio of priorities that are more important on an imminent basis. XBox 360 is becoming a huge cash cow for them. The launch of Windows 8 and all of its "convergence" potential with XBox-S/Kinect/phones/tablets/Windows Live and etc seem to be of paramount importance to them in the 2012-2013 timeframe.
I for one think that makes great business sense. XBox may be a cash cow. But Windows is the business.
They must get that launch right...with no risky distractions...such as a potential RROD catastrophe
on NexBox. And they do have to get the Windows 8 architecture right to seamlessly integrate the worlds of Windows Live...XBox Live and the Cloud perfectly. It reads like they have decided that it best be done through the XBox 360 first. They can always blow us away later with an "Uber" NexGen console that "nails it".
I bought and beefed up an uber NexGen Asus gaming PC in 2011 that should be able to mate real well with whatever MS does with Windows 8, XBox 360-S w/Kinect and accessories. I can't wait for the Win-8 launch to see how it all comes together. I'm actually good to go in 2012-2013. I really don't need or want an XBox 720 console during that timeframe. Win 8 may be the real game changer here. It will be interesting if MS actually launches a proprietary XBox compatible/PC Spec Standard/OS addon application for Windows 8
, to disrupt the rumored Valve SteamBox and Apple systems. That could re-energize the PC gaming industry and accelerate the XBox 360-S business. Sort of the MS version of THX
for Windows based gaming.
Anyways...that's how I played my hand with my gaming dollars. Since I don't have Kinect for my Jaspar...I will likely buy a new XBox 360-S w/Kinect this year (after the Windows 8 launch) in anticipation of some kind of convergence between Win-8 & XBox.