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Next-gen Xbox finally confirmed by Microsoft

After years of build up, a Microsoft representative finally spilled the beans on Microsoft's upcoming new gaming console. Speaking to The Verge on a recent podcast, Microsoft general manager Brian Hall mentioned "the new Xbox" when discussing Microsoft Outlook.

“We’ve had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about 16 years, we obviously have Exchange, and Outlook, that people use at work," he said. "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.”

No further details were discussed, however we felt compelled to write a news post about this simply because we're so exasperated by all the secrecy. Frankly, we're assuming most people who read this will be more surprised that Microsoft hadn't announced it yet. The industry at-large has long since moved past the days of wondering whether Microsoft would release a follow-up to the Xbox 360. 

Just a few months ago, a huge document released which purportedly leaked Microsoft's plans for a next generation Xbox console and Kinect camera, which Microsoft reportedly tried to get some websites to take down. 

Analysts have said that we can expect the lid to be pulled off the Xbox One sometime in 2012. We're just not quite sure when that will be. Most analysts we've heard from now agree that the console itself will launch in 2013.

7 comments

  • Jaces - August 7, 2012 3:05 a.m.

    2 things, how much is it going to be and is it going to be more for the casual gamer/media oriented? The way they've been going it's looking like that's the direction they're going in with a few flagship titles like Halo and Gears. Honestly haven't touched my 360 in years, they're going to have to do better than two exclusives before I by the next gen sadly.
  • ThatGamerDude - August 6, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    I just hope it doesn't have Windows 8 on it... otherwise interesting read.
  • Fuzunga - August 6, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    I'm definitely buying a Wii U, but I don't think I'll buy another Xbox until Halo 5 comes out because, honestly, wtf else would I play on it?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - August 6, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    I honestly don't see the need for a new console. I'm with my 360 and the games I have for it. A lot of people don't even have the money to buy an expensive new console, so the new Xbox has to have some major upgrades.
  • jamie5lpm - August 6, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    Looking forward to this, 5years and 2 Xbox360s (by choice not RROD :) ), Defiantly time for a new one. Hopefully get Watch Dogs as a release game!
  • onetimebuster - August 6, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    Im afraid to know whats coming.
  • TheHalfanese - August 6, 2012 3 p.m.

    And so it begins.

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