Microsoft confirms new Xbox

While discussing new Outlook email service, Microsoft general manager Brian Hall namedrops "new Xbox" but does not share more.

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After significant speculation spread over the span of years, Microsoft has finally spoken on-record about its next Xbox. During an interview with The Verge focused on Microsoft's new Outlook email service (embedded below), general manager Brian Hall name-dropped a "new Xbox."

There will be a new Xbox, but when will it arrive?

“We’ve had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about 16 years, we obviously have Exchange, and Outlook, that people use at work. We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those and put them together and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we could have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office with the new Windows phone and the new Xbox,” Hall said.

Hall did not share further details on the next Xbox. Windows 8 will launch on October 26 alongside Microsoft's new Surface tablet line.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft issued a statement to GameSpot on the matter.

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships," reads a line from the statement. "We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention.”

The analyst consensus is that the next Xbox, as well as the PlayStation 4, will be on store shelves for holiday 2013. A recent 56-page document supposedly originating from Microsoft said the next Xbox would launch in 2013 at $299 bundled with the second iteration of Kinect, among other updates. As for the PS4, PlayStation executive Andrew House said in June that Sony's new console would not be shown until a "significant leap" over the PlayStation 3 could be demonstrated.

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adamomars
adamomars

I want more... my compulsion to overdue everything unto the gritty depresing end its not satisfied. Give my more of everything. I need more.

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

Oh, this is the one that's gonna make your friends pay to watch you play the games right? No thanks..

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

Look folks it is time. Time for new consoles, time for new IPs, time for the console life cycle to advance.  

There will still be plenty of content on the old systems, both digital and retail. But at least there will be the next generation of consoles coming to life. All the possibilities, all the chance for failure, chance for profit, chance for success, it will at least be there. 

 

All the arguments for and against a new system have been said before,: both in the history of consoles and the change of anything throughout history. 

For some people we would still be driving Model T cars, using windows 95, watching three networks, and still be under British rule here in the USA. 

 

Me and most others are ready for the new, (I may not be able to afford a new console day one) but just reading and seeing the buzz, the excitement, and watching developers take wild risks on new IPs will be just as enjoyable. Yes we may get some Dreamcasts (burn bright hot then fizzle), Wii's (great then sour over time) but we also may get a PS one or a super nintendo or xbox 360. 

 

I do not care who wins or loses as long as I get to be part of the fight. And I will double down on the games, GAMES, GAMES, GAMES!! Yes awesome games still do come in the late cycle of consoles lives- but really, you know its the next generation that spawns winners and failures. Either way the gamer wins.  

Gadeos
Gadeos

I don't need new consoles, rather new IP, new gaming experiences. As of today, xbox and ps3 are still doing a great job with awesome grade-A titles. There's yet too much that can be done before launching a new next-gen.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I agree with wescraven.  I'm not ready for new consoles either.  I'd prefer to wait.  If new stuff came out in late 2014 or even in 2015, I'd be happy rather than sad.

wescraven
wescraven

 I am not ready for a new console just yet. Hope they take their time and work out the bugs instead of rushing it out to beat sony to the market. Do it right this time please. I am still trying to catch up on games from last generation. Personally I could wait another year or two before we come out with new stuff.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

this story makes no sense ,  so ill make some sense of it --

1 there is no new xbox confirmed yet   , ,they are talking about some sort of dashboard update ,, 2 good luck with that

tgwolf
tgwolf

I would hope that this new one would really have some remarkable games, and by that I mean something that would at least make me consider buying it.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

I play games a lot less than I used to, not enough to warrent a day one purchase of any console (which is a universal no-no anyway), but if kinect is mandatory with a lot of games then playstations going to be my first console next gen.

cbb1018
cbb1018

even though i havent seen anything other than this article about it im probably not going to get it...at least not right away....ive wasted thousands of dollars on video games over the years and now that im 2 years away from going to college i need to worry about that more than this

elgoyo
elgoyo

300 dlls bundle??  yeah right. could we see the new all improved  3 squares of death?

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

Lols.

"Following the publication of this story, Microsoft issued a statement to GameSpot on the matter.

“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships,""

 

Translation. We're not actually talking about a new xbox yet. But aren't you stoked about the new dashboard? And you don't need a new console yet. There's kinect games!

isshiah
isshiah

my 360 has lasted nearly 4 years but i might need to buy a new one soon. hopefully this rumour isn't entirely true, because there is no way i'm buying the next xbox so soon after buying a second 360. unless my current one isn't breaking down then go ahead and release it if you wish.

KAINITEX
KAINITEX

Good to see Sony is not just spitting out slightly improved console and is waiting for genuine advancements,New Xbox and second iteration of Kinect for $299 sound suspicious. 

tommynj
tommynj

More than likely a more powerful console but yet they will continue to push Kinect, services  and XBLA titles that use hardly any power. What is the point of making a more powerful console if you aren't going to use it. Doesn't make any sense.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Kinect 2 HD inbound, in bundle form day one = 720.

dnguyen3
dnguyen3

When Sony says significant, gosh darn it, it better be significant, not like some machine that now has video chat

Dragokai
Dragokai

If this is true then i want GTA 5 for the 720. let them wait a couple more months make bretter graphics or something, or fix the little bugs. It would really suck if GTA come's out a couple of months before the 720 and we will have to wait 3-4 years for a new one.....

DaClatso
DaClatso

Xbox 720 coming with a controller or they just wanna promote this stupid piece of crap Kinect

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

This doesn't sound like any sort of confirmation to me. It's possible that he's talking about the next Xbox console, but he could easily be talking about some sort of update or service for the Xbox 360, such as a new dashboard update. Remember, the redesigned one they gave us in 2008 was called the "New Xbox Experience".

 

Could also be talking about something like a new 360 hardware SKU, such as the $99 subscription bs, or the Windows 8 Xbox Live service, which might let us play 360 games on PC or something

Frosty192
Frosty192

Ummm he didn't really CONFIRM anything... why is this story posted?

 

wexorian
wexorian

ooo Sh.tbox 720 is coming like we did not know that :)

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

In my opinion, Microsoft should focus on finding good developers on developing new IPs for hardcore video gamers on the Xbox 360 than creating the next Xbox. The Xbox 360 still has enough lifecycle to keep going. It would be even great if they got Rare to develop Killer Instinct 3 instead of those stupid Kinect video games on the Xbox 360.

leimonides
leimonides

Explain to me how this qualifies as a confirmation. Damn, talk about the "fail" of the basic education system in the area of proper English comprehension and reading. It's not like It's a suprise another xbox will eventually be built and sold......

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

By the way Gsmespot referancing the next xbox is not the same as Confirming it

handsomegamer
handsomegamer

''xbox 720''.... LOL! worst name ever :P better call it ''new xbox''

Soul_Vanish
Soul_Vanish

RUMOR! EVERYTHING is going to be digital! I use Steam. I have quite a few games from sales. But I don't own those games. I'll never own those games. I have a license to play those games, nothing more, nothing less. A license that can be revoked. Not to mention the requirement of an Internet connection, something I am not always privy to. No, I don't think I like this digital future. At all.

isshiah
isshiah

 @DaClatso not releasing a controller would be like designing a car without a steering wheel. it's too important...

blackace
blackace

 @DaClatso I'm pretty sure it will come with a controller. The Kinect 2 games should be a step above what is on the original Kinect, since it will be updated hardware.

 

Fred Sanford: "One man's crap is a another man's treasure."

AtariOno
AtariOno

 @elcorobert If the specs are accurate, it's further proof that I need to update my pc.  Can't get caught by a console now, can I..  :)

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Spartan_418 dont think win8 allows a vanilla 360 game to run on a random spec PC. Even if it did get it to work, it will have tons of problems, from graphical artifacts to framerate issues without any official support from the developers 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @handsomegamer Where have they ever said it is going to be called 720? thats just a name people randomly gave it. they have not named it yet 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @y3ivan They haven't confirmed any platforms yet, as far as I'm aware. Everyone's assuming it'll be on 360 and PS3 but that might change.

elcorobert
elcorobert

 @AtariOno Yep! I also agree with @AtariOno. Every leak should be analyzed carefully. Nevertheless, 6x-power update seems reasonable to me and, personally, I'm tired of PC/console competition. I just want one single processor at home. It would be great to install some kind of Linux on that new Xbox and use it for everything and for free ;)

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @y3ivan Of course not on a random spec PC, no. I could envision something like a set of minimum hardware requirements which allow 360 games to run, though. A machine that had those could have an official "Certified for Xbox 360" sticker on it.

 

Given that the 360 hardware is 7 years old, including equivalent or compatible hardware in a gaming PC wouldn't be prohibitively expensive.

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Spartan_418 Its still not possible for a direct port for x360 even with XNA certified and a Dx API. I m talking about emulators like those released for PS2. Even Dark souls had a hard time porting to PC due to developers putting very little effort in porting. You got to know that data handling for consoles and PC is very different. Even x360 has 2 GPUs (different frequency) and most of the developers will just abandon the coding for the A-GPU and replace it with regular Dx API for filter effects and Antilising.

 

However, i might be guessing that Win8 will have a digital marketplace (GFWL) where developers will able to publish console ports. Ya, not exactly what ppl wanted either.