In what would be an unprecedented move, it appears Microsoft may be planning to release the next Xbox game console all the way in 2015, a full 10 years after the release of the Xbox 360.
While a 10 year life span for a console is pretty usual, this is usually when the current generation co-exists with the next generation, like the PS1 and PS2, or PS2 and PS3. Even now, while the Xbox 360 is at its height of popularity, its hardware is aging, which can only limit the quality and performance of games in the near future, and widen the gap between console and desktop gaming.
On the other hand, gaming has taken a turn towards the fun rather than immersive, meaning that consoles such as the Wii which does not even feature HD video, is still competitive.
There is however already rumours that the next Nintendo console is expected t be announced at E3 this year, and one would hate for Microsoft to miss a generation on consoles, like they have in tablets and phones.
The hints of the 2015 date comes from a Web portfolio of Ben Peterson, talking about collaboration with Microsoft’s IEB Design group investigating future user experiences and hardware for 2015. Microsoft has also been hiring hardware designers for a next generation console recently, but 4 years to release is a bit long.
Read more about the leak at ZDNet here.