Remember a few weeks ago when the internet was buzzing about what the next Xbox would be like, whether or not it was coming in 2012, and if it would really have such a stupid name as Xbox Next, or heaven forbid, the Xbox 720? Well, apparently all of those were wrong, but at least we know that the new system will launch in 2013 and be designed by Emma Williams.
Oh, wait, that part's new information? Right, yes. According to CNET, Don Coyner has been replaced by Emma Willaims as the head designer working on the Xbox and associated system networks and have begun putting together a console for release in 2013. Coyner worked on the team from its inception in 1999, when Microsoft first began putting together their home console. His design philosophy has been summarized as akin to Apple, where each product appears to have been designed by a single person and work together efficiently as a result.
Williams, on the other hand, joined the company in 2003 and was most notably responsible for how you Xbox 360 dashboard works right now. Of course, that doesn't mean a whole lot to the average gamer, a group often as oblivious to the workings of the companies making their entertainment as I am to who exactly drank the last of the orange juice and used all the toilet paper without replacing the roll. (I swear it wasn't me, guys.)
While a change in leadership won't affect sales as much, the news that a replacement system is on the way in 2013 will certainly force the Xbox 360 into the last stage of a console's lifecycle. Having already outlived the typical five year span of a system, though, I'm sure the 360 will retire peacefully, watching the birds outside its retirement home window, and wondering why the grandkids don't come to visit more often.