Amid Xbox One Concerns Microsoft Aims to Keep Selling Xbox 360
Microsoft has said that it is hoping to sell another 25 million Xbox 360 consoles and aiming to hit the 100 million mark within five years.
They believe that half of the sales will come from replacements but that the other half will be new buyers despite the upcoming release of the new Xbox One. There is speculation that Microsoft will lower the cost of the 360 to $99.
In the meantime concerns have been raised that the Xbox One with its constant connection to Kinect 2.0 will constitute a breach of privacy. Civil Liberties Australia director Tim Vines has said that the console is almost a surveillance device.
Vines said, “People should have the ability to turn off the camera or microphone, even if it limits the functionality of the machine.
Of course, if Microsoft doesn’t allow that (control), then people should vote with their wallets and skip the next Xbox.”
He went on to say that under some Australian laws it meets the definition of a surveillance device so Microsoft “need to be upfront and tell customers whether anyone else can intercept their information or remotely access their device.”