Xbox 360 successor due in 2015?

Industrial design contractor's online portfolio indicates work done on "future user experiences and hardware" for Microsoft's Xbox division. [UPDATE]: Ben Peterson says his portfolio was a fake.

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Source: The online portfolio of industrial designer Ben Peterson, first spotted by ZDNet.

What we heard: In console generations past, five years has been the approximate time frame companies have kept to for releasing their new hardware. However, this generation has been anything but ordinary, and it appears as if Microsoft is only just now getting serious about a successor to its current-generation system.

Over the weekend, ZDNet (which, like GameSpot, is owned by CBS Interactive) uncovered an image within Peterson's design portfolio that indicates Microsoft is targeting a new Xbox-related hardware launch for 2015.

Clip art or concept images for Microsoft's new console? You be the judge.

The image in question is titled "Microsoft Xbox," and it bears the following description: "Confidential / Collaboration with Microsoft’s [Interactive Entertainment Business] Design group investigating future user experiences and hardware for 2015. *Work samples only permissible in person.* (March 2011)."

The image itself appears to be a zoomed-in look at a piece of concept art for the aforementioned "future user experiences and hardware." It resembles a number of other teaser images on Peterson's website, one of which is for Pranav Mistry's gestural recognition technology Sixth Sense.

According to Peterson, he worked on "A foreign travel companion device in collaboration with Pranav Mistry's SixthSense gestural recognition technology" in March 2010. However, this listing was apparently news to Mistry, who told GameSpot that he did not know Peterson and "he did not work on Sixth Sense."

Operating under the assumption that Peterson's portfolio is valid, it remains to be seen whether his alleged design work is for an all-new Xbox console or a new peripheral in the same vein as the Xbox 360's lifespan-extending motion-sensor add-on Kinect. However, considering the Xbox 360 will be 10 years old in 2015 and thatit only took Microsoft two years to take Kinect from its early design and prototype phase to global launch, the former seems more likely.

Microsoft has also indicated via job listings that it is staffing up for its next-generation console. Earlier this month, several job postings on LinkedIn indicated that Microsoft is forming a team "responsible for defining and delivering next generation console architectures from conception through implementation." One of these positions, Wireless DV Engineer, will play "a key role in the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms."

The official story: Neither Microsoft nor Ben Peterson had responded to GameSpot's request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus, for now. Mistry's flat-out denial that Peterson "collaborated" on his piece of technology raises eyebrows about what other misunderstandings or errors may be included on the site.

UPDATE: Ben Peterson, the industrial designer whose online portfolio started rumours of a an Xbox 360 successor, told Eurogamer the whole thing was a hoax. "I'm a student designer, it's not real," he told the publication.

Discussion

608 comments
gbrading
gbrading moderator

I predict the next gen will be coming in the next three years. Not this year, because Move and Kinect need time to integrate.

ferretshob
ferretshob

I honestly think that the new xbox will be out by 2014 because the existing consoles to me are already outdated and are getting boring.

dg3215
dg3215

HAHA it looks like well nothing and thank you gamespot you wasted my time, put the update first next time.. Thanks

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

I think sony will line thier release of a PS4 with thier new TV tech which is 3D w/o glasses. sometime in 2014-2016 so this seems to make some sense but who wants to wait another day!!!

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

There is no-way that any company is waiting until 2015 for thier next console. The 360 tech, and the Wii and PS3 tech, is all from Winter 2004 so 2015 is WAY to far off. Personally, I think it would be killer if a new XBOX or Playstation came out this Winter. I just wonder if tech has advanced enough over the last 6 years, it doesn't seem like it.

killer690
killer690

@urfaceisanapkin yeah I am gonna play my xbox 360, even if you had argued XD But I also think the xbox 360 is way past its limits, and I can see the system holding up for a bit longer, maybe the graphics won't get any better, but games might, sometimes graphics are way overrated, I enjoy playing my Wii and it's not the graphic wonder that the ps3 or xbox are, and Killzone 2/3, Gran Turismo, look awesome, but that's it, nothing terribly new really.

Contelis
Contelis

so i pretty much wasted my time reading that?...maybe the updates should be at the top.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

i cant even tell what im looking at from that picture

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

@SonOfSparda018 That is ignorant to say. PCs offer better MMOs, RTS, FPS, and (certain types of) RPG (like DA/Elder Scrolls). PCs offer (potentially) better graphics, online, mods, and controls. The only true advantage to consoles is that unless the developer messed up every single game will work. Consoles have better selection now but that is the developers fault. Not the PC as a platform.

SonOfSparda018
SonOfSparda018

@rickoflancaster pcs are dead already. they have nothing special to offer to gamers.

Guardsman485297
Guardsman485297

What if they were upgradeable, like the gamecube was supposed to be. PCs for casuals.lolz.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Nuk1euz Yep,I agree. I am one of those 38yr old gamers, who works in a office. I love gaming and won't stop until either my thumbs don't work, or I'm blind. If I go blind I will just have my kids play them for me as I tell them where to go, sorta like play by play commentary.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

2015 as long as it ain't any earlier, this gen still has some life in it

xmootoo95
xmootoo95

@xxxarlow It doesn't matter if it's a success or failure. The thing is a piece of sh!t.

ecurl143
ecurl143

A new Xbox would be incredible but I want the build quality of my PS3. 2 RROD in 2 years on my XBOX360 and my third one has started to play up in the last week :( Love the game support my 360 has but the hardware itself is a piece of junk. My PS3 though is made of cast iron and is hands down the most reliable piece of electronic equipment I've ever owned - it get's an absolute hammering and is rock solid.

xxxarlow
xxxarlow

@vlam "How has Kinect failed? It sold over 10 million units in three months. There's no point in commenting on success or failure, unless you explain exactly how you're analyzing these aspects. Your subjective opinion is hardly a measure of whether a consumer product is a success or failure." There's no point in trying to intelligently attack someone's subjective opinion, when you're response highlights the posters comments. The Kinect has sold 10 miliion units and only has around 10 games and hardly any in development. "Any company can stick high spec components in to a console and sell it.....it's the games makers that are holding back the market. We want high resolution games, but there isnt the skill out there to make all the high resolution detail for the games. A life like game needs an army of designers creating thousands of life like objects. Kinect has (slightly) failed due to a lack of games from develpers. Wii has succeeded by utilising the large amount of low skilled developers." There is no need for new hardware when developers aren't capable of supplying quality games.......my dusty Kinect springs to mind :))

TheLordHimself
TheLordHimself

2015 sounds like a good year to move on to the next generation. I'm still being totally impressed by the graphics of current games, and the longer we wait for a new console the more advanced the technology will be by then and the more mindblowing the eventual capabilities will be.

daniel_droid
daniel_droid

new xbox!? gosh im excited but scared because im still enjoying mine although im just worried to buy the controllers that is my worst nightmare of all time because they are like $60 each!!!

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@squall_83 Not trying to add fuel to a fire here, but I actually worked customer service for Microsoft games division. When the 360 was released we had more phone calls addressing the RROD in one month then over 9 monthes of phone calls. The fail rate was so high that's why they gave everybody a 3 year warranty on it. Not 1 year. 6 months. 3 years!!! Yes their are fail rates, the average for ANY electronic product is 11.9 last I checked. Sony fell RIGHT in line with that number. So just what is the magical number of 360 fail rates? Only the big wigs at MS know. That figure will never be released, but I have to go by what I see. And what I saw 2 months after 360 came out was a LOT of houses with a shiny white BRICK. Every time I went to a friends house for lets say a party or something, they had a 360 but it NEVER worked. Lastly, even my supervisor told me to wait and buy the 360 once whatever's wrong gets figured out so I waited 1 year after the problems surfaced and warranties were released. I am now on my third 360 and still on my very first PS3. I love both systems, don't think this is a fanboy rant. I am ONLY addressing to you what I personally experienced.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

All this modern technology... sometimes it's good to reflect on past generations to keep things from getting too overwhelming, like say, the NES.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

2015 sounds like a good gap between generations, I hope they, Sony and Nintendo go that way.

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

of course it's not real, it looks like it's just part of a picture lol or just a bunch of lines. I can't wait for a new Xbox to be released.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I'd be surprised if they waited that long. By 2015 it will be eqivulant to the wii.

rickoflancaster
rickoflancaster

360s are already way behind PCs in terms of performance and graphics. That is after the first 5 years, after another 5 elapses, or even the 2/3 some are saying, PCs will surely start to become more attractive to gamers

wyan_
wyan_

Glad it's a hoax. We need to wait a little longer for motion sensing control to mature, but 2015 would be way too long to wait for the next generation. I can wait until November 2012, which will be more than long enough.

Hunterjuggz
Hunterjuggz

I think I'll agree with those who are happy enough with the current console, I'm still getting more than enough out of it and as much as I enjoy seeing the world of gaming/consoles expand, it'll sadden me to see a cease of games for the 'ol warhorse. (360) :(

thingta42
thingta42

2015 no sooner then that please.

SpencerPenfold
SpencerPenfold

2015 seriously!, I wana a new console now, I suppose it'll be a huge jump in technology though considering it's a 10 year gap, CAN'T WAIT!

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

Would be nice to have a new console.

CJ45_
CJ45_

Too long. The Xbox 360 was outdated in 2008 for christ's sake.

OleanderX
OleanderX

As long as it is reliable or more reliable then the current slim model of the Xbox. I could not be happier with it but I also want backwards capability and my Xbox Live achievements to cross over. I love my PS3 but I'm getting way more entertainment out of my Xbox right now.

Nuk1euz
Nuk1euz

I stand by my 2020 comment, i dont care how much i get a thumbs down. One day video games will look like movies, have 3D, motion sensing, and played wirelessly 24/7 on holograms or whatever, and then there will be no room for improvement because YOU want to hurry up and bring out a new generation every 10 years.

Nuk1euz
Nuk1euz

@bobbo888 Hey thats your opinion. Im 26 and i play many games. I own a restaurant and i know people that work in office jobs and other high positions, 30-40-50 year olds that play video games. If you dont want to play games when you are 30 thats your problem, not mine LOL I'll be buying games until i die lol

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

it seems legit....but i can swear that image is of the PS3....or Kinect?

Vambran
Vambran

4 more years? im going to need more harddrive space then.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

lol a hoax im glad, i mean i dont want another console yet, but 2015 would be well to long to wait

Defy_The_Fallen
Defy_The_Fallen

I dont see how thats a design? either way its about time the rumours started! :D

mtait01
mtait01

10 year life span for the 360 then? Good going

Shadow_zone
Shadow_zone

Its about time rumours of the next generation started! the current one is getting a bit long in the tooth now.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@LindBergh2007, Yeah as the use of 'Flash Cards' provide much greater security (e.g. cant simply be copied) i wouldnt be suprised if MS take serious consideration on using them. Regarding CPU types, i really would'nt like to hazard a guess on which CPU 'Types' MS eventually decide upon, although i doubt they will base the system on any 'Current generation' CPU types as there will be more updated chipsets available by 2015. I love technology, and am really intruiged to see what they eventually pull out of the hat.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

thenephariouson. They are debating between a Power i7 Lynnfield or Bloomfield. As for the media, well flash media is becoming cheaper so it might use its own flash memory ROM card instead of Blu-Ray. Both Nintendo's GALAXY and SEGA's NEPTUNE/Neptunia are rumored to use flash memory ROM.

RichEdmonds
RichEdmonds

Another generation so soon? I'm still content with the current level of hardware available, which is featured in both the 360 and PS3 consoles. I'm not really fussed as to when the console is predicted to be hitting stores. I'd rather wait another ten years, play what games I currently own, see what new IPs developers bring out and possibly lose another three years of my life in an attractive MMO. As for where I stand with what the new console will feature, I'm with thenepariouson. I think he hit the nail bang on the head.

ash2197
ash2197

I know that its a huge hassle to release a new console and right now the conditions aren't good. BUT the consoles (all consoles) are officially outdated. The xbox and ps3 cant even use the newest update to UE3. (Xbox does support tesselation)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Regardless of cosmetics, I reckon it will be powered by Intel and not IBM, i also reckon they will skip the 'BluRay' format in favour of other technologies e.g. QuadHD. I would also take a gamble that although Kinect will be compatible (as confirmed by MS), there will be an updated version that will connect via Ethernet, this will allow a much greater amount of data throughput allowing a much greater amount of accuracy and less latency. In addition, i reckon it will come with a variety of HD capacity drive options (e.g. 1TB), and that external drive support (exceeding the current measly 16Gb) will also be supported. Whatever MS finally pull out of their hat, im more than happy to wait, although i will be keeping an open mind and a watchfull eye on the competition, and 'as always' will select the platform that appeals to me the most based on features and games and not the Manufacturer.