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Xbox 360 (Xbox 360)
at 4:12PM PST on July 19, 2007.
It's not a matter of "picking and choosing", but using common sense over the company sound bites.
Why on earth would MS extend the 360 longer than 5 years? They moved to push a new console before anyone else for this gen...and while it hasn't been an aw-inspiring success, it has certainly increased their market share, possibly leading to more than double the system sales of the X-Box. It would make sense for them to do so again, especially because getting a year lead on the next Sony product could be crucial to maintaining their market share.
Development doesn't lead to longer lifespans...it leads to higher software and accessory prices. The higher development costs of the last few generations (over their predecessors) didn't lead to longer lifespans, so why should that change now?
MS is planning for the 360 to be profitable next year and if their downloadable media content is a success (let's face it, they easily have
best online service), they could use that money as a cushion to further push their vision of multimedia connectivity...for the next console.
It's hardly the "king" of America...considering it had a year head start. The Wii is kicking its butt monthly and there are signs that the PS3 might even start outselling it.
People should stop looking at China asa source of future growth. The piracy issues there will prevent it from becoming a major player in sales until their government gets serious about copyright protection. Markets such as Korea, Australia and Eastern Europe will be the ones that show the most growth this generation.
But don't button your lip...this site would be boring if every dissenting opinion did so! :)
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