Microsoft denies they ever mentioned a new Xbox

Two days ago we got a little excited because we thought we'd just heard - for the first time ever, amazingly - a Microsoft representative publicly mention that a new Xbox console is in development.

“We’ve had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about 16 years, we obviously have Exchange, and Outlook, that people use at work," said Brian Hall, a manager at Microsoft on a podcast at The Verge. "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.”

To us, that sounds pretty clear. However, Microsoft disagreed today, saying to IGN, "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 know there's a new Xbox console coming in some form as surely as we know that when a tree falls in the forest it still makes a sound even if nobody is around to hear it. We're just not quite sure why Microsoft is so reticent to acknowledge even the mere plan for its existence at some point in the future. 


  • AuthorityFigure - August 10, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    If they deny mentioning it, then I deny hearing their correction.
  • aberkromby - August 8, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    Yeah, Microsoft is right, and we're all completely wrong. There is no new Xbox. It doesn't exist and never will. Microsoft has decided to end it's money-laundering presence in the video game industry for no reason whatsoever. In the meantime, stand by for a HUGE surprise from Microsoft at E3 2013. You're gonna shit yourselves when you hear about the new conso- I mean... stuff.
  • Jacko415 - August 9, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    You used money laundering in the wrong context... havent you ever seen Office Space?
  • stewedyeti - August 11, 2012 11:48 p.m.

    "Money-laundering"? You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
  • jackthemenace - August 8, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    Let's face it, everybody knows Microsoft are, at some point, going to be releasing another console. Y'know, unless Windows 8 is SO shite that it actually bankrupts the company entirely. Which, frankly, I can see happening.
  • Gamer_Geek - August 8, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    Microsoft wouldn't release a new console, I'm sure these developers: Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and PC all release their consoles or new designs at the same time to create some form of competition within the market. Also, after the large development of Windows 8 and Office 2013, surely wouldn't Microsoft want to break-even and make a profit, before heavily investing into a new major development?
  • jackthemenace - August 8, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    I sincerely hope that was a feeble attempt at trying to 'troll'. For a start, you've listed 'PC' as a console-developing company. Secondly the part about the four 'companies' releasing new consoles/designs at the same time- you seem to have forgotten completely about the WiiU.
  • Andrew Groen - August 8, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    Haha Not to worry. It's a troll. Dude's name is Gamer_Geek and features a picture of the most famous geek cliche in the world. Do not engage! Repeat. Do not engage!
  • Gamer_Geek - August 29, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    I'm sorry I don't analyse the grammar within my sentences, and I believe you forgot that WiiU is owned by Nintendo.
  • shawksta - August 8, 2012 1:06 p.m.

    I don't get Microsoft, im guessing they want to leave the impression that they are focusing on the 360 still because some people will just lose interest in it till they make next gen. Doesn't Matter, just Microsoft making hilarious mistakes :P
  • madman725 - August 8, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Technically the definition of sound is sound waves traveling through the air and being interpreted by someone's brain. With that, a tree falling in the forest does not make a sound when no one is around to hear it. Based on that logic, it looks like there will never be a new Xbox :D
  • Andrew Groen - August 8, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    I just got served. I'm leaving it in the article, because it's beautiful though.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - August 8, 2012 8:40 p.m.

    Don't apologize, Andrew. He's wrong. Sound is mechanical vibrations transmitted through an elastic medium, traveling in air at a speed of approximately 1087 feet (331 meters) per second at sea level. It doesn't matter if ears are there to hear it or not. If you're speaking to a deaf person, your vocal cords are still making sound even though that person can't hear you.
  • MasterBhater - August 8, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    Yeah, that lie would've worked, Microsoft, if he had said "the new Xbox...UPDATE!" (Insert trollface here). I ain't buyin' it, MS, and I don't think anyone is.

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