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Microsoft wants to sell another 25 million Xbox 360 consoles

Despite all this Xbox One whoopla going on, Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about its other horse in this console dog and pony show. In fact, the company hopes to continue to move substantial numbers of the Xbox 360 over the next five years, according to senior vice president of Interactive Entertainment Yusuf Mehdi.

XBox 360

“We believe over the next five years we can break a 100 million unit installed base,” Medhi said during an interview with OXM. “That’s something we’re shooting for, it’s not a financial plan as such, it’s just rough numbers if you will. To sell another 25 million, half of those will probably come from replacements, but half will come from new buyers.”

“The way we’ll break into those segments,” he continued, “is by hitting new price points, getting new classes of entertainment to come with the Xbox, and breaking into new customer segments.” We’re not quite sure what a new class of entertainment for the Xbox might mean, or what customer segments remain untapped after such a long console cycle, but “new price points” sure does pique our interest.

Source: OXM

Microsoft wants to sell another 25 million Xbox 360 consoles

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Microsoft predicts record-breaking Xbox 360, Xbox One sales

Reports of the Xbox 360′s death are greatly exaggerated. Sure, Microsoft announced Xbox One this week, but the company is still hoping to sell a total of 100 million Xbox 360 consoles.

Xbox 360, Xbox One sales

“We believe over the next five years we can break a 100 million unit installed base,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s senior vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business to the Official Xbox Magazine.

These rough numbers would mean that Microsoft would have to sell another 23 million Xbox 360 systems, having last reported 77.2 million units sold worldwide in April.

“Half of those will probably come from replacements, but half will come from new buyers,” he noted to the magazine.

Xbox 360 announcement at E3 2013

Microsoft is determined to keep the Xbox 360 and its massive power brick plugged into your home entertainment system.

To do that, the company, as previously reported, is promising a ”huge” E3 announcement related to the current-generation console.

“You’ll see the Xbox 360 continue to exist, even as we launch the next generation Xbox One,” noted Mehdi.

It also doesn’t hurt that Xbox One won’t play Xbox 360 games, forcing gamers who have a library full of physical and digital Xbox 360 games to rely on the seven-year-old machine.

Next-generation sales predictions

At 100 million Xbox 360 units sold, Microsoft would quadruple the sales of the original Xbox.

Although analysts have predicted that console makers may have trouble reaching such numbers due to smartphone and tablet competition, Mehdi expects that growth to continue.

“Every generation, as you’ve probably heard, has grown approximately 30 percent,” said Mehdi.

“So this generation is about 300 million units. Most industry experts think the next generation will get upwards of about 400 million units to potentially upwards of a billion units,” he said, including Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U in that total.

  • Next-generation sales haven’t begun yet, but the battle of Xbox One vs. PS4 has, and you can now read about the matchup.

Microsoft predicts record-breaking Xbox 360, Xbox One sales

Darkmatter flaunts its Xbox 360 laptop Kickstarter project at Maker Faire

Darkmatter’s portable open source Xbox 360 project may have hit Kickstarter withbad timing, but it looks to be drawing crowds all the same.

XBox 360 for Laptop

The laptop-like console is available in fully finished or kit form for the Xbox 360, thanks to a 3D-printed, laser cut casing, 15.6-inch 720P widescreen LED display, capacitive Arduino-based touch interface, a headphone jack and support for all native features, like WiFi, 4GB storage and DVD compatibility. Addressing concerns about the lame duck console it’s working with, the group said in an update that it should be able to adapt the Xbox One’s motherboard as well, though it’s obviously never laid a hand on it yet. Any future-proofing concerns didn’t dismay those who saw the device at Maker Faire, however, as most seemed enthusiastic about the project, including Ben Heck, who’s been known to mod a device or two 75. You can pledge $499 for a full DIY kit (without the required Xbox 360 Slim 4GB), while a fully assembled and tested Darkmatter Xbox Laptop will run $999. Check the video after the jump or hit the Kickstarter page at the source link to ante up.

SOURCE: Darkmatter (Kickstarter)

Darkmatter flaunts its Xbox 360 laptop Kickstarter project at Maker Faire

Tomorrow the next generation of Xbox begins; here is what to expect

Tomorrow is the announcement for Microsoft’s next-generation console, the successor of the company’s world famous Xbox 360. The boys up in Redmond have been secretive about their new entertainment beast (most likely using the Cone of Silence in meetings), but a few rumors have slipped through allowing us to take a shot at what we might expect tomorrow on stage.

Xbox Event

VGLeaks let loose a collection of documents showing the hardware specifications of the next Xbox; these leaks were shortly after confirmed by Kotaku and it is believed that they are the final production specs. The console is said to be packed with an 8 core CPU running at 1.6 Ghz, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a “large” internal hard drive for storage.

Kotaku also received reports that the next Xbox will integrate a Blu-ray disc drive for your high definition viewing enjoyment. For those of our readers still holding onto their HD DVDs – it is REALLY time to let go now.

On the accessories front, not much is expected to change for the Xbox 360 controller; Microsoft has a solid design and it is one of the best we have seen on a game console to date.

Due to the major “Xbox 720” leak during the summer of 2012, we do know quite a bit about the upcoming Kinect 2 that Microsoft has planned. The unit has the standard upgrades we would expect: higher accuracy, better imaging, improved microphone, and an improved camera. In addition, the unit is expected to include dedicated hardware processing, hand recognition support, and the ability to track up to four players at once (time to buy a bigger living room).

Xbox kinect

On the interface front, we expect to see an updated dashboard with Live Tiles, to match the Windows 8 experience, and tighter cable TV integration.

One of the worst rumors going around that we can hope to put to death tomorrow is “always-on DRM”; this would require the console to always be connected to an active internet connection while playing games. Obviously, this idea has sparked an outrage and I can only hope for Microsoft’s life that this rumor is debunked onstage.

Besides an upgrade in hardware and improvements with Kinect, we aren’t expecting any revolutionary new experiences. Microsoft has been teasing a project known as IllumiRoom, which uses a Pico projector and Kinect to turn your room into a Star Trek style holodeck; as of now, not only does the project seem too expensive to implement, but it will most likely remain on the shelves of Microsoft’s Research division for a while longer.

We will have all of our questions revealed tomorrow at 10AM PST. Follow a live stream of the event on your Xbox 360’s dashboard or tune in on your Windows Phone 8 device by following these instructions!

What do you hope to see from tomorrow’s announcement?

Most importantly… WHO IS EXCITED?!

Sources: VGLeaks, Kotaku [1,2], The Verge [1,2,3], Edge,

Tomorrow the next generation of Xbox begins; here is what to expect