The Xbox 360 may be five years old this November (has it been that long?), but Microsoft expects this to be a "very big year," calling 2010 the "mid-lifecycle" of the console. In an interview, Microsoft executive Chris Lewis told that the platform at least another five years of life.

With the redesigned Xbox 360 and new Kinect motion controller, the company says it will enjoy ongoing momentum and continue offering great experiences for people. "We continue to attach more games than competitive platforms and we have the healthiest ecosystem with 25 million people connected through Xbox Live."

The chat also cleared up concerns about whether Microsoft would abandon the hardcore market with the release of Kinect, instead favoring casual gamers. Lewis said that the company will remain committed to its hardcore audience, but it wants to enter the casual market and it will do so without alienating its core customers.

You can read the full interview here, although you'll have to register (it's free).