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MS: "No intention of abandoning core"

Is working on Xbox Live improvements.

Microsoft has reiterated that it has no plans to ditch the core audience that helped propel Xbox 360 to 50 million worldwide sales, despite the amazing success of Kinect, which sold eight million units during its first 60 days and still doesn't work in my house.

"Obviously we're very excited by the success of Kinect," US PR bod David Dennis told IGN at CES this week. "But we have no intention of abandoning the Xbox 360 audience that bought in originally. We're very aware of the key role the enthusiastic core audience played in making the Xbox 360 what it is, and we'll continue to support and develop [games] like Halo and Gears of War."

Unsurprisingly, Dennis also said that there are some core-focused games in development yet to be announced.

On a related note, we're also told to expect more improvements to Xbox Live in future. Apparently Microsoft has mainly invested in behind-the-scenes upgrades this past year to help accommodate the releases of Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops, but it remains keen to add features Live users want.

One such feature is the option to have more than 100 friends on your friends list. As Dennis noted, it "only affects a certain percentage of users, but clearly it's very important to them".