Update: Microsoft Finally Admits to Xbox 720

| 7 Aug 2012 20:47
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An employee mentions the next Xbox as part of the "new wave" of Microsoft products.

It's been over six years since the current console generation started, and the start of the next round is looming. Although Nintendo has been the only company to unveil its next gaming platform, it's only a matter of time before Sony and Microsoft officially throw their hats into the ring. Now, shortly after a forum user leaked details about the development kit of Microsoft's "Durango," we have the first unofficial-official confirmation of the console from the company itself. Speaking to The Verge, Windows Live General Manager Brian Hall mentioned "the new Xbox" in a list of upcoming Microsoft products.

While this may not be the most shocking revelation, it is the first time a Microsoft employee has mentioned the Durango, or Xbox 720, on record. Hall did not confirm any details about the Xbox 720, though he did imply that the console may be hitting shelves by the end of the year. Specifically, he grouped the Xbox in with other products set to launch before 2013; speaking about the updated Outlook.com, Hall said that Microsoft is releasing it to coincide with "the new wave of products," including Windows 8, Office 15, the next generation of Windows Phones, and the aforementioned Xbox.

Until Microsoft officially-officially confirms its next home console, gamers and the internet at large will have to content themselves with various rumors and leaked documentation. The biggest source of information, which is also the oldest and most questionable, is a set of design documents from 2010 that sets the price and release window at $299 in 2013, with cloud gaming, backwards compatibility, and an upgraded Kinect system included. A patent filed by Jeffrey Andrews, a Microsoft chief hardware architect, indicates that the console may be scalable or even somehow customizable by the user. Most recently, the "Durango" development kit posted last week suggests that the system will be 64-bit, with between 4 and 6GB of RAM, and more than four cores in its CPU.

Considering the sheer amount of leaked information, plus this semi-official confirmation by a Microsoft employee, the company itself may have a hard time making the official announcement particularly exciting to the jaded gaming public. I suggest lasers.

Source: The Verge via IGN

Update: Microsoft has clarified its earlier statements, explaining that the "new Xbox" mentioned was in reference to the Xbox Live update scheduled for later this year, not confirmation of a next generation console. Here is Microsoft's official response in full:

"The comments to The Verge were not understood in their intended context. When Brian mentioned a 'new wave of products,' he was referring to the full lineup of products coming later this year from Microsoft, including Windows 8, Office, Windows Phone and of course our fall Xbox update which will bring a host of new consumer experiences like Xbox Music, Videos, Games on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass."

We apologize for contributing to any confusion regarding this matter through previous coverage.

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As long as its backwards compatible im happy.

Vrex360:
Okay has anyone else mentioned this yet?

Real Steel predicted this!

In the final scene there are all these billboard ads and one of them was for the 'Xbox 720'. If this is what they end up calling it then this means Real Steel might go down in history as the first movie to accurately predict it's own product placements.

I was too distracted by that obnoxious kid who is the most obnixious kid in a movie in the history of obnoxious movie children.

Okay has anyone else mentioned this yet?

Real Steel predicted this!

In the final scene there are all these billboard ads and one of them was for the 'Xbox 720'. If this is what they end up calling it then this means Real Steel might go down in history as the first movie to accurately predict it's own product placements.

Xbox 360 - xbox720

Yep, they are just going around in circles over there. Time to start guessing the color of this one's ring.

stuff all the features you want in it, Microsoft. but the biggest thing I'm waiting to hear is how they'll handle games from the current gen to the next! downloadable games/games on demand, backwards compatibility, profile migration/Achievements... oh and money :/ more money on hardware means less money on games (which isn't always cause to be happy)

guess I've never been one for specs when there's fun to be had somewhere

There's no way they'd launch the 720 this year, considering they remained completely silent on the next generation at E3.

I'm guessing probably Q4 2013. They'd be insane to wait any longer than that, with the Wii U already having a year head start.

Druyn:

What? That's not what I said!

Sorry, still adjusting to the new layout - your post was under the one I wanted, so I first accidentally quoted you, and apparently didn't remove it all.

Kargathia:

Druyn:

Naw, you're not thinking it through... they're offering a game console (or at least, we assume it will still play games... hard to say with all the other shit they're shoehorning in) that can also be used as a DVR so you can 'time-shift' (legalese for 'record and watch later') tv shows.

Doesn't sound like something they'd really be interested in... except for when those HDDs inside the start getting full-as-fuck (and people who own DVRs will tell you that doesn't take anywhere near as long as people think it will) and people want bigger and bigger HDDs... which microsoft will be more than willing to sell them at a grossly inflated premium.

Which is a beneficial side-effect, but hardly the single most important reason to include tv functionality.

What? That's not what I said!

Is homophobic really the right term? I think that anyone making the comments most likely do not care or hate the gays, and a connection between hate and fear has never really worked as an explanation to anyone older than 10 years old...

We need to come up with a different term... like... homogenic... or homosatarian.

"Always on, green device" If it's always on, it's not really a "green" device is it? I wish companies would stop making things that don't have an off button.

kitsuta:
We apologize for contributing to any confusion regarding this matter through previous coverage.

You might want to change the title, then.

we always knew they would make a new console, how is this news?

thebobmaster:
It seems odd that a brand new system that is supposedly releasing in the next 4 months hasn't even been confirmed by Microsoft, doesn't it? Especially with the WiiU having been confirmed for over a year.

And this is why skepticism is always preferable to immediately believing every rumour you hear.

I fucking called it, I knew it wasn't true.

Well, at least Microsoft are getting a taste of what VALVe has to put up with at every turn for HL(2:EP)3...

CriticKitten:
So why would Microsoft screw themselves with bad design architecture, knowing that video games are extremely data-intensive programs that place a high load onto their processor on a rather consistent basis?

It's almost certainly because most of those assets/resources are going to be put toward emulating a RISC environment on CISC based hardware for the simple reason that emulating across instruction set architecture types is VERY resource intensive.

I knew it wasn't the next Xbox. You don't announce a console just months before you release it. That's part of what killed the Dreamcast. You need at least a year in advance to garner enlugh developer suport.

kitsuta:

indicates that the console may be scalable or even somehow customizable by the user.

Anyone wants to bet it'll end up like the PS3? The advertised promises that were broken?

Itsthatguy:

BiH-Kira:
And the official name will probably be xbox 360 triangle

I was thinking something more along of the lines of XBox 360 TRI

And for those who dont get it

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Can this be the true view of the M$ gaming team.... seems legit.

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