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XBox 360 Gamers Focused on the Now

The Xbox 360 is a platform that has had an uncanny draw to hardcore gamers over the past years. Despite many attempts by Xbox to attract family gamers with Kungfu Panda bundles and a huge line of kid friendly games for the Kinect, the Xbox is still recognized as a hardcore gamers paradise. If you are an Xbox 360 owner, and you are privy to hardcore titles, now is the worst time for your wallet possible. With the recent release of Gears of War 3 keeping thumbs warm for Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, its really easy to lose track of that bank account. For those looking for a break from the norm on a highly anticipated Kinect title, Forza Motorsports 4 may also prove to be a sleeper title after its release that may bring some momentum for the Kinect and force many players finally wipe that dust off their expensive Xbox peripheral. While I did just mention many titles that are sequels of several sequels, many players have the desire for something completely original but still maintains that hardcore style that we all love with Rage. The point I’m trying to make is that many dedicated Xbox players are going to be shelling out a lot of cash for these new titles that all bring different great new ideals and game play opportunities to the table. Now is one of the greatest times to be a hardcore gamer.

Now is also the best time to be a next generation Xbox designer. With the announcement of the Wii U at E3 earlier this year, many players took notice. All the buzz brought about by the next generation Nintendo forced Microsoft and Sony into somewhat of a panic, and in their unanticipated haste, pointed out that their next generation inventory is still under development and they are focused on bringing a quality product to the table. Gamers rushed to message boards and cited that their favorite hardware developers are well behind where they should be and while some were well reserved and content with what they had, most gamers were dissatisfied that Nintendo was first on the board this time around. In recent months when these new waves of great titles were being announced and release dates were being set, the words Xbox 540 are rarely spoken. This is great news for hardware developers as fans are now expressing satisfaction in the current generation in both hardware capabilities and software availability and anticipation. Microsoft should take notice: the next generation should maintain all the great features of current Xbox technology with just an upgrade all around. Improved graphics, interface, navigability, but maintain that authoritative Xbox mentality with its aggressive style and lean build. Microsoft should not waste time in their research and designs, but should not take haste to the point that quality is compromised. We the gamers, are all content in our own little worlds expanding our software titles day by day. Just be sure that since we are taking the time to buy several great titles at the end of this year, that you make your future hardware compatible with antiquated software.