Microsoft retracts staffer's 'new Xbox' comment
New features, old console, apparently
Microsoft has dismissed comment made by one of its executives this week, insisting references to a "new Xbox" were taken out of context.
The Redmond firm has a strict 'tight lips sink no ships' policy covering its future gaming system, so it was a surprise when Windows general manager Brian Hall flagged it up during an interview with 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,” he said.
Microsoft this morning said Hall was merely highlighting soon-to-be-released add-ons for the current Xbox and not, ahem, any possible future model.
“When Brian mentioned a ‘new wave of products', he was referring to the full line-up 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,” it said.
It certainly remains extremely unlikely that the so-called 'Xbox 720' will see the light of day this year, but the company is undoubtedly working on the machine and is said to have got within a gnat's todger of revealing the console at E3 this June, only to have last-minute doubts.
Microsoft recently flexed its legal muscles to force the removal of supposed next-gen Xbox documents after they leaked online. ®
Get it out the door already. The xBox is old now and I want some better graphics to catch up with what you can get on a 10 year old PC please...
Protip : Buy a PS3
Re: investment ?
"It is _NOT_ an 'investment', it is merely the cost of a complete waste of time."
Absolutely not. Gaming is no more a waste of time than any other hobby. Incidentally, I wonder what you do with your time that you consider so worthwhile? I would also be interested to see you elaborate on why you feel it is a waste of time.
What *IS* a waste of time, is reading an article about something you feel is a waste of time, and then wasting even more time denouncing it on the message boards.
I stand by the use of the word "investment": I have spent money on the system expecting a return in the form of entertainment in the years following the purchase. However, I will humour you and rephrase my original comment in the hope that you can happily go back under your bridge: I want the most use and support of my purchase, which I am still happy with, before it gets replaced by the newer model.
I think they should do away with the product name xbox altogether - it's an absolute disgusting name I mean seriously it sounds like "ex's box" eeewwww!
If the next one were to be called YBox then folks would wonder...