X-Box Longevity

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  1. Don Smith

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    I am considering buying an X-Box but am concerned over the longevity of the system. I am not even sure if this is a valid concern but I feel that I got burned in the past with the Sega Dreamcast and I don't want that to happen again.
     
  2. Evan Hartnett

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    I don't think there's really any question that it'll last at least to the end of this cycle. Actually, MS is supposedly already working on the Xbox 2... so I think we're pretty much guaranteed that they will be producing consoles for this generation and the next.
     
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    I don't think you'll be looking at the same situation as the Dreamcast.

    Look at other "failed" Microsoft projects, such as WebTV. I believe even things like this are still out there in some way shape or form.

    They'll be in this business for more than a few years. I can't see someone sinking over a billion into the console market and then leaving. It just wouldn't make much business sense.

    Glen
     
  4. Tim Markley

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    You're never guaranteed longevity with any console. The manufacturers are always working on the next generation. Buy the console and enjoy it while you have it. The situation with the Dreamcast was definitely not the norm. Sega decided to completely get out of the hardware business. Even with that decision, I think that the DC was a great system. It got me back into consoles after being disappointed with the N64. Microsoft is very dedicated to the XBox and they have the money to keep it going and compete with Sony and Nintendo. This is something that Sega didn't have.
     
  5. Brian Ruth

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    I think XBox is pretty much a Dreamcast on steroids.... same market share, same loyal yet non-mainstream fan base - the difference is that M$ is behind it.

    THE FUTURE of Microsoft rests on this large console's shoulders - I'm not making hyperbole here, it really does.

    Microsoft WILL KEEP MAKING XBoxes until it finally gets enough market share to challenge Sony.

    I think this will be a few generations down the road, but it will happen. XBox 2 will be made, as will 3.....4.....5... etc.

    As for how long this CURRENT one will last, I'm going to play it safe (5 year cycles) and say till 2005. Even then, the next-gen XBox SHOULD play the first-gen XBox games.
     
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  7. Don Smith

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    Don,
    Don't worry about the XBox going away any time soon. Since the last year, video game software sales have jumped UP 25% (I thought I heard 31 at another source, but maybe they tacked on last month's results onto that.)
    What does that mean? Since the launch of the XBox and the Gamecube, the video game industry hasn't been for the worse. In fact, the gaming market has increased! More people have gotten into gaming since November 2001.
    Personally, I am really happy to own a XBox. XBox Live has been a great gaming experience. Splinter Cell just came out. There's quite a few upcoming titles that excite me, and I'm not talking about just Brute Force, Fable (Project Ego), Project Gotham Racing 2 or Halo 2. I believe XBox's library has a rather nice ratio of good/great games to bad ones compared to other consoles.
    Either way, enjoy your games! I'm getting poor. [​IMG]
     
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