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Microsoft retracts staffer's 'new Xbox' comment

New features, old console, apparently

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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. ®

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