Kinect to expand Xbox 360’s lifespan by five years

Although there have been some vague estimates and wild guesses on the price of Kinect and its games, the giant won’t budge, even though some already know. But what’s more important is that Kinect bundled with the recently announced slimmer Xbox 360 will expand the platform’s lifespan another five years; at least that’s according to to Microsoft’s¬†European executive Chris Lewis. And that no matter what the price of the peripheral will end up being.

“I think 2010 will be a very big year for us, it is in many ways for us mid-lifecycle,”¬†said Lewis. “What you’ve seen is with this new sleek design and Kinect for Xbox 360 we’ve got at least another five years of this generation where we continue to offer great experiences for people.”

Needless to say, Lewis is confident about the new tech the company will be putting on the market this November. Combined with the slimmer “whisper quiet” Xbox 360, it would certainly seem that we’re not getting the next generation of consoles for several years to come.

Lewis also added that the pricing for Kinect will be announced at a later date, closer to its launch date, at Gamescom possibly. And if senior VP of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick is to be believed, then we’re “going to really like the price“. So we’re not sweating it… yet.