Xbox One has at least a 10 year lifespan according to Microsoft Canada’s Craig Flannagan

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By on November 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

People originally guffawed at Sony when they explained their expectation for a 10 year lifespan for the PlayStation 3, but back then we never thought we’d see a five year gap between generations, let alone the eight years we are at now. According to The Escapist however, we can expect an even longer turn around from Microsoft with the next generation, as Microsoft Canada’s Director of Marketing Craig Flannagan explained to GamesIndustry International that even conservative estimates of the Xbox One’s lifespan sit at the decade mark.

“Xbox One is going to start ahead, in terms of the experience we can deliver. And because we’re built for the future, we’re going to stay ahead. I think there is not a better experience you can buy this holiday, and there will not be a time this generation where there’s a better experience you can buy than Xbox One… And it’s probably going to be a pretty long generation. We’re probably here for a while because we’re built for the future. This is a console that will last you, conservatively a decade, if I had to put a bet down today.”

The key to the Xbox One’s success in Microsoft’s mind, is of course cloud computing, which is why they believe that despite lower hardware specs the Xbox One is ahead of the PlayStation 4, an advantage which they expect will only increase as time marches forward and cloud computing becomes both more prevalent and more accessible. Whether it will last them a decade has yet to be seen, but given you can still buy FIFA 14 on the PlayStation 2, I wouldn’t be particularly surprised.

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So if my Xbox One died say 6 years out I’d be entitled to a refund still? In Australia we’re entitled to refunds for as long as one would expect the product to last (regardless of warranty terms), and considering the manufacturer is specifically saying a “conservative” decade would that not mean we’d expect to get a significant amount of life out of it?

 

I am not a lawyer, but according to the ACCC, you may well have a good argument.

My guess is in many cases they would get out of it by claiming above-average use, or mistreatment. e.g., ‘The dust build up was excessive’, or ‘The device was not adequately ventilated’ etc.

 

Realistically, it’ll be so heavily outdated at 5 years that either a hardware update will be required or new version of the console will be mandatory to play major AAA titles.
Cloud computing won’t work here anyway, not until we get Fiber, but we’ll get that post Xbone’s lifetime.

rapid101,

I’d be very interested to see if that holds up in court. I think you could be right in saying we’d be entitled to a good 8-9 years out of it.

 

They probably have better lawyers than anyone who’d take the case, and they’d argue the service will last 10 years, not the individual console.

:P

 

makena,

I agree, but:

This is a console that will last you, conservatively a decade, if I had to put a bet down today.

is pretty strong wording.

 

considering the hardware is mid to low end before they’re released pc exclusives will really put xbox/ps4 to shame in another few years

 

No; unless I’m mistaken, they’re claiming that the ‘technology’ will last 10 years, not the individual units. Whether true or otherwise, they simply expect that they will be able to make games for the xbox one as a platform for the next ten years, as opposed to an xbox one purchased on release lasting for 10 years.

rapid101:
So if my Xbox One died say 6 years out I’d be entitled to a refund still? In Australia we’re entitled to refunds for as long as one would expect the product to last (regardless of warranty terms), and considering the manufacturer is specifically saying a “conservative” decade would that not mean we’d expect to get a significant amount of life out of it?

 

yay now pc gaming will be held back for another 10 fracken years.

 

What a joke.

What they are really saying is that the incremental advance of PC power is ramping up at a rate that means this will be the last traditional console release.

In 10 years the 18 month doubling of computing power will render static console hardware obsolete before they can even finish the design phase.
Just look at the difference between PC and console [360/ps3] graphics now and imagine the differences when computers have 5 orders of magnitude increase in computing power in 8 years over the already mediocre XB1/PS4 specs.

Cloud computing is a pipe-dream since even direct optic fibre links can’t overcome physical distance that causes ping times we see in Australia.
having a cloud computing ping on top of the ping between players means that for most games its not viable.

 

Red Ring of Death baby.

Occurred pretty much to the day it went out of warranty >_<

Hopefully the new consoles will be devoid of catastrophic hardware failures so early in their life.

 

the current version of firmware on the Xbone is horrible… step 1 microsoft needs to make a firmware update for it that greatly improves performance… so they can make games in 1080P… If they can’t pull that off they’re in real trouble, I see no reason why they couldn’t but I still find their current issues troubling…

whup: I am not a lawyer, but according to the ACCC, you may well have a good argument.

No he wouldn’t the context of the discussion is in terms of a console generation’s life span, not how long each individual hardware unit will “last”

 
GeneralHerpes.

matttyb,

It’s why I’m moving to consoles this gen, PC gaming is dead. All it has is MMO’s and RTS games.

Also blame dev’s, not consoles.

 

generalherpes,

No. Stop it. Don’t say that. We’re still alive.
But seriously PC gaming isn’t dying any time soon, every dev that says that just eats their own words sooner or later and crawls back to the PC gaming scene. We have all the genres, you just must not be looking. At all. Like covering your eyes and shouting LALALALALA.

 
 

spooler:
the current version of firmware on the Xbone is horrible… step 1 microsoft needs to make a firmware update for it that greatly improves performance… so they can make games in 1080P… If they can’t pull that off they’re in real trouble, I see no reason why they couldn’t but I still find their current issues troubling…

No he wouldn’t the context of the discussion is in terms of a console generation’s life span, not how long each individual hardware unit will “last”

His wording very clearly says it is a console that will last you ten years. If you threaten to take them to small claims when your Xbox RRODs after a couple of years (and have a quote like that to back you up), you stand at least some chance of getting your xbox repaired.

I’ve had a very similar issue in the past with Apple. A MacBook Pro died nearly a year out of warranty (with no Apple Care, extended warranty etc). Long story short, it’s reasonable to expect a MacBook Pro to last more than two years, so they ended up repairing it for me at no cost. Quotes like the above will help you when it comes time to define what a realistic lifetime for the product will be.

Having said that, I couldn’t stand in front of a magistrate and claim I truly expected my new Xbox to last ten years.

 

trb:
Cloud computing is a pipe-dream since even direct optic fibre links can’t overcome physical distance that causes ping times we see in Australia.
having a cloud computing ping on top of the ping between players means that for most games its not viable.

Look, I can’t even believe that these twits are making such a huge bet on “the cloud”. I already cringe every time someone utters that magical phrase, it’s just not something you should build something like a 10 year lifespan console on.

Microsoft has gotten this kind of gamble wrong before, when they’ve tried to predict where tech is going. It goes even worse when they try to steer tech in that direction, as far as I know. I’m one of those weird people who prefer my data and my cpu cycles to be kept local.

 

lol god, its built for the future? hardware and technology is outdated within monthes of its release (depending i guess).

10 years is a very very long time considering how quick technology is advancing, and who knows whats install for us over the next few years.

There are games i want on both consoles, so i’ll end up buying em anyway. But ill always have my pc, that i love more :D

 

I like how people were fighting over who had the better specs PS4 or Xbox one.

Both are capped at 60FPS. Specs don’t matter.

 

lemonater47:
I like how people were fighting over who had the better specs PS4 or Xbox one.

Both are capped at 60FPS. Specs don’t matter.

hardware doesn’t you’re right but the Xbone is massively under performing at the moment due to the shitty firmware… Also the PS4 drops in performance @ 1080P if too much is onscreen…

Realistically for alot of games neither console is going to be running 1080 @60 for some time yet for alot of games… Though at the moment the PS4 is the only one that realistically could (the Xbone runs upscaled 720-> 1080).

 

matttyb:
yay now pc gaming will be held back for another 10 fracken years.

Came in to post this. :(

 
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