|The latest (and last)|
model of the Xbox 360.
So Xbox 360, I salute you. You may now officially be history, but you'll always have a home in my entertainment system. (Unless you red ring on me. Then there's gonna be trouble.)
Destined to replace the Xbox 360 on store shelves are turbocharged versions of the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The Xbox 1.1 is still a rumor, but it seems likely to happen now that the high-performance Playstation 4, codenamed Neo, has been confirmed (and grumbled about) by developers. They'll be expected to make games that work with the classic PS4 while offering enhancements on the Neo, a frustrating juggling act that will bring added cost and stress to game production. (And lord knows there's plenty of the latter.)
On the plus side, this should make the Nintendo NX a more tempting proposition to publishers. Before, it was put in the awkward position of being a next generation game console released years before its competitors, but now, it'll be just one of several new systems, without the added burden of cross-platform development. It's unlikely the NX will support features like 4K resolution and virtual reality, but unless you've got tons of money in your bank account and a Jumbotron in your living room, who the hell cares?