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Microsoft has confirmed that a next-generation Xbox is in development, revealing that the decision to revamp its Hotmail/Outlook service last week was so that it could release it "in time for the new wave of products" due to launch soon, including "the new Xbox".

"We've had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about sixteen years," said Brian Hall, general manager for Windows, speaking to The Verge.

"We obviously have Exchange and Outlook that people use at work.

"We just decided it was time to do something new and to 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."

Microsoft has yet to announce its plans for its next-generation Xbox, despite it being known that numerous studios are developing for next-generation hardware.

Earlier this year, a document alleging to outline Microsoft's plans for its next-generation Xbox leaked onto the internet. The document included plans to launch revised Kinect hardware and a new VR technology.

The document also suggested that the next Xbox would eventually transition into a cloud-only platform, where future titles would be streamed directly to the consumer via the cloud.

Windows 8 launches this October.

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Wido's Avatar


Like I say many, many times before... Don't believe this crap, add it to 'speculation' sure, but await proper confirmation!

EDIT: Only just noticed the date of publication...
Posted 07:51 on 19 October 2012
MJTH's Avatar


Originally Posted by Microsoft has responce to Hall's comments
“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.”

Turns out it was a missunderstanding all along.... Or at least that is what they want us to think. :shifty:
Posted 20:50 on 07 August 2012
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Isn't this what we have all been waiting for a definite new microsoft console is coming its pretty obvious the rumours of cloud based gaming been its only way of distribution or false as it just wouldn't work yet a more steady graduation into it is a nessesity it may have begun with onlive but it's not quite there yet and either is our Internet so a disc drive is still going to be there for sure. I just hope you can carry over our current gamer tags and achivements. Hopefully more details at Gamescom next week.
Posted 13:47 on 07 August 2012
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rbevanx@ Endless

Yeah it sounds like from what I have read that the new Xbox will have a disc based system but will push to cloud gaming.
So they feel that the infrastucture will be there by that date but I just can't see that happening personally.
Onlive has a future as it is impresive but it's clearly not ready, the delay in responce times for the games I have played on there as well as not being in HD is not good enough. One of the main servers is right next to me as well in Newport I think.
Posted 11:50 on 07 August 2012
Woffls's Avatar


They know we all know, so why should they bother formally announcing it? All that's going to do is get investors unsettled about following a marketing plan, which will have taken years to devise. When there's an announcement, it will be for investors and the public, because everyone in between already knows and will be over it by then!

Btw the new Outlook site is great, and so is the new Office Outlook client. Grab an email addy while they're fresh(ish)
Posted 11:36 on 07 August 2012
TheHindude's Avatar


*slaps forehead* what is wrong with Microsoft!?
Posted 22:34 on 06 August 2012
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Endless@ MJTH

I suppose they didn't really confirm anything other than at some point there will be another one. Which to be fair, is a forgone conclusion. No-one thought for a second that MS or Sony are just gonna duck out of the hardware market when MS is just into its stride and Sony about caught up from it's initial gamble.
Posted 22:28 on 06 August 2012
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We knew it was coming, all we want now is details! Fairly bad PR, to leak something in a formal annoucement for another service, though. Would of expect better from Microsoft, but mistakes happen.
Posted 20:52 on 06 August 2012
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Endless@ rbevanx

OnLive is a nice idea that works in principal, but it needs a 100 levels of polish, a massively upgraded architecture, much more investment from publishers to get more games on it and for the world's internet infrastructure to miraculously quadruple overnight ;) Any new cloud-based system needs the same.

And if you remember from the leaked documents a cloud-based version wasn't listed until something like 2015. In Short, it's a long way off.
Posted 19:57 on 06 August 2012
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Should I be surprised by this?

I'm hoping it's not a cloud only system, won't bother getting it if thats the case from my time with Onlive.
Posted 17:30 on 06 August 2012
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