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Xbox 360 and PS3 support to continue until 2017 despite Xbox One and PS4 unveilings

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The imminent Xbox One and PS4 arrivals does not spell the end for current-generation consoles, with EA confirming it will continue to support both the Xbox 360 and PS3 until at least 2017.

With an Xbox One release date and PS4 launch both having been confirmed for later this year, publisher EA has reassured gamers that it is not planning to turn its back on current-generation consoles anytime soon, committing to supporting the likes of the Xbox 360 for a further four years.

Speaking with Gamespot, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed that “EA will continue to publish games for current-generation consoles through at least 2017,” a decision that is sure to appease owners of current-generation hardware.

Formally unveiled earlier this week, the Xbox One follows the PS4 into the realms of reality, with Microsoft’s 360 follow-on to hit retailers ahead of the lucrative pre-Christmas shopping rush. Brining next-gen gaming graphics to the mix, both consoles have been built around 64bit PC architecture, and will heap much focus onto the more mainstream entertainment and multimedia aspects of the market.

Set to line up bundled with a second-generation Kinect peripheral, that will add more intuitive voice and gesture based controls to the console, the Xbox One is already looking poised to feature a strong game line up at launch.

With Call of Duty: Ghosts confirmed to hit next-gen consoles this year, Battlefield 4, FIFA 14 and Forza 5 have all also been confirmed for Microsoft’s PS4 rival.

Despite much focus being targeted on to the next-gen consoles, a selection of core AAA titles are still looking to favour current machinery, with the likes of GTA 5 and Gran Turismo 6 both confirmed for launch on existing but not upcoming consoles.

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ScrewBot

May 26, 2013, 11:39 am

That's not surprising for Sony - they supported the PS1 after the PS2 was released and the PS2 after the PS3 was released. But it is surprising for Microsoft. When the 360 was released, Microsoft lost all interest in supporting the Xbox 1. It was instantly extinct, dead as a dodo. That's the first Xbox 1 I'm talking about - not the third Xbox a.k.a. the second Xbox One. (I wonder if they'll call the next Xbox the Xbox One too?)

2K10 Desperados

May 26, 2013, 12:02 pm

Until 2017? Does this mean that EA won't be taking advantage of the new hardware or what?

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May 26, 2013, 3:27 pm

No it will, they are making a downgraded version for xbox 360,

Andrew Mulligan

June 27, 2013, 3:18 pm

The original Xbox also had a lot less going for it than the Xbox 360 though, more reason to keep this gens stuff going.

gamrr

January 10, 2014, 1:32 pm

the last ps2 game (fifa 14) came out for the ps2, about 2 months before the ps4 was released. I would hope with the deeper integration with the ps store on ps3, that they will support it until at least ps5 comes out.

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