While a replacement console won't be introduced at this Spring's E3 show, a Microsoft exec hints that the Xbox 360 is "sort of in the twilight" of its existence. Also today - Walmart and Hollywood launch a new video business.
Game Point: Microsoft Games Studio Art Director Brian Moore made the revealing comment at the Washington Technology Industry Association meet up last week, when asked about the future of the game console as an integral part of the gaming experience. Moore quickly added that Xbox's sight, sound and motion activated Kinect peripheral is just in its "very first version." Future interations will exploit Microsoft research into "finger articulation" and facial feature tracking and offer a more "in-depth" animation system. "Science fiction becomes science fact at some point," Moore added.
Clearly, the game biz is looking for a new buzz. NPD Group reports U.S. video game retail sales were off 25 percent in March from a year earlier, when the Nintendo 3DS system was introduced. Nintendo will be using this June's E3 to launch its next generation Wii-U system deploying a super fancy, screen-based controller and faster processor.
Mario and Zelda fans better start saving, as a Canadian media group (Forget the Box) has reported the wholesale manufacturing costs for a Wii-U system will top $180, even before packaging,marketing and retail markup costs are added. As such, the system will likely retail for about $300.