Xbox 360 still has an awful lot of untapped potential says 343 Industries boss
The man charged with looking after the Halo series as it looks to the future, 343 Industries boss Frank O'Connor reckons that calling this the end of the console cycle is selling the Xbox 360 short.
Using the obvious example of the impressive visuals that they are creating on the machine for Halo 4, O'Connor believes that what developers are doing now with the Xbox 360 demonstrates that the machine still has a lot of power and flexibility concealed in its black case.
"[...]I would actually strongly contest the fact that the Xbox 360 is at the end of its life cycle," O'Connor explained, "this has already been one of the longest generations and there's a really good reason for it, which is that current consoles are incredibly flexible and still really powerful. The reason that Halo 4 looks good is that that machine has an awful lot of untapped power still and it's going to continue to."
He added, "I would say that I expect this generation will last a lot more years. Now you've got your hardcore fans who are going to look at that statement and say 'but I want new hardware.' We know new hardware is going to come, it always does, but I think the utility of the older consoles is going to last longer than ever before."