Microsoft kills off Xbox 360 after more than a decade –

The news comes ahead of Microsoft’s quarterly results announcement. Analysts predict the company will have been hit by weak demand for computers, but are encouraged by the strength of its other hardware.

The company has been locked in a losing battle with Sony’s PlayStation 4 for years, which has sold around 35.9 million units. Sony is reported to be working on a more powerful version of the PS4 code named NEO, which could be intended to bolster its virtual reality games content with the release of its PlayStation VR platform in October.

Xbox owners could soon be able to wage online war against PlayStation rivals once Microsoft opens up its system to support cross-platform play.

Currently gamers can only play against others on the same gaming system, but Rocket League will be among the first games to go cross-platform through Xbox Live, Microsoft has confirmed.

The move is a first in the competitive gaming world – a step towards greater collaboration, given that many first-time console buyers choose the platform their friends use in order to play against them.

Both firms will be making announcements at this year’s E3 video games symposium in June.


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