With the PlayStation 4 releasing imminent, excitement about the future of next-generation gaming is clearly in the air. While the Xbox One doesn’t officially release until November 22, 2013, that doesn’t stop it from making news today. Craig Flannagan is the director of marketing for Xbox Canada, and he recently had some very good news for Xbox fans.

Xbox One Could Last 10 Years

Just How Long Will The Xbox  One Last?

Here’s a direct quote from Flannigan as he was speaking to GamesIndustry about the superiority of the Xbox One:

“Xbox One is going to start ahead, in terms of the experience we can deliver. And because we’re built for the future, we’re going to stay ahead. I think there is not a better experience you can buy this holiday, and there will not be a time this generation where there’s a better experience you can buy than Xbox One…And it’s probably going to be a pretty long generation. We’re probably here for a while because we’re built for the future. This is a console that will last you, conservatively a decade, if I had to put a bet down today.”

Wow – a console that won’t simply just last for a decade, but one that will still be relevant as well! If the Xbox One delivers on both of these fronts, it will be a game changer indeed. (Pun intended)

However, starting out, the Xbox One may be a little bit behind. This is due to the fact that it is simply unusable out of the box without a day one update. For various reasons it won’t be able to launch any applications or play any games without first being connected to the internet for the required update. Once the update is completed, however, Sony may need to watch their backs.

The initial price of the Xbox One ($499.99) might not seem so high compared to the longevity of the console. What are your thoughts? Will you be getting a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One?

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SOURCE: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/08/xbox-one-to-last-conservatively-a-decade-says-microsoft