'New version' of Xbox due in next 18 months

Job listing at Microsoft suggests company will roll out next iteration of Xbox console by February 2014 at the latest.

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A "new version" of the Xbox will be on store shelves sometime during the next 18 months, according to a new job advertisement at Microsoft.

Microsoft will launch a new Xbox in the next 18 months, if the job ad proves accurate.
Microsoft will launch a new Xbox in the next 18 months, if the job ad proves accurate.

"Over the next eighteen months, Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office, and Xbox, along with completely new offerings like Microsoft Surface," reads a line from the requisition.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, a Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "Microsoft is always looking for talented people to innovate now and in the future. We don't have any further comment on this or any other job posting."

Earlier this week, Microsoft shot down speculation that it had confirmed a new Xbox, saying comments from Microsoft general manager Brian Hall were misunderstood. In an interview last week with The Verge, Hall name-dropped "new Xbox," but Microsoft said he was actually speaking about this fall's new Xbox Live update.

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 the Kinect, among other updates.

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