But doesn't it feel a little too soon for all that? Sony has made plenty of noise about its desired decade-long life cycle for the PlayStation 3, and now Microsoft's entertainment president Robbie Bach has declared the Xbox 360 is also here to stay for some time, according to a story on the San Jose Mercury News site.
The world's largest software maker will focus on improving the Xbox's games and features rather than rushing to introduce a new model, President Robbie Bach said in an interview. The Xbox 360 started selling in 2005, replacing the original Xbox, which debuted in 2001...
"Just coming up with something that's faster and prettier isn't going to be sufficient," said Bach, 47. "The life cycle for this generation of consoles — and I'm not just talking about Xbox, I'd include Wii and PS3 as well — is probably going to be a little longer than previous generations."
Nintendo, of course, has the least reason of the three to put new hardware on the market, considering it (bafflingly) still can't keep the current console on shelves, and also turns a profit on every unit sold.
Bach makes a good point about the mainstream audience and its indifference to "faster and prettier" graphics; the Wii is all the proof you need of that market reality. But being on the graphics-whoring fringe, I can say I'd like to see at least one more round of super-powerful consoles, specifically one that can push games in 1080p at comfortable frame rates. The systems we have now are a fair bit short of that mark. Seems that I may have to wait quite a while for that, due to the general public's unwillingness to buy expensive new systems, however.
How soon before you're ready to pony up for the next console generation? You know it has to happen eventually.