Captain Obvious: Microsoft is working on the next Xbox

For the first time, Microsoft has openly acknowledged that the next-generation Xbox console is in development, referencing it alongside a list of upcoming Microsoft products. Microsoft's general manager of Windows Live, Brian Hall, was interviewed by The Verge in regards to Outlook.com and had this to say:

We’ve had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about 16 years. We obviously have Exchange, and Outlook, that people use at work. 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.

Naturally a lot of other news sites quickly picked up on this, but we have to call Captain Obvious in to remind everyone that it was pretty obvious Microsoft is working on a new console, considering the Xbox 360 is almost seven years old and a new console generation is dawning. The console is allegedly known by the codename "Durango", but we've also seen "Xbox 720" mentioned - both of which are unlikely to be the final name.

Microsoft is unlikely to unveil any new details about the console until next year, when it is speculated the console may even be released. Details on the next Xbox vary widely, so we suggest you check out our past coverage for everything leaked so far.

Via: IGN
Source: The Verge | Image courtesy of The Wicked Pink | Thanks for the tip in the forums!

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Saw this on IGN yesterday, almost posted it on BPN then I read the article and found it extremely uninformative and un-newsworthy...oh look! Neowin front page

Umm.... I think Brian Hall was talking more about the new Xbox dashboard update coming this fall (with SmartGlass, IE for Xbox and all).

Given the lifecycles of consoles, I think MS should drop the numerical naming scheme and consider just words similar to that of mobile OSs: XBOX Durango, XBOX Mango, etc. Or if they use numbers, please not XBOX 720. Perhaps XBOX Gen3

P1ckles said,
Given the lifecycles of consoles, I think MS should drop the numerical naming scheme and consider just words similar to that of mobile OSs: XBOX Durango, XBOX Mango, etc. Or if they use numbers, please not XBOX 720. Perhaps XBOX Gen3

It's very important when they use numbers to not use a number that is lower than the competition. The dumb consumer public views this as "not as good as..." insert competitor with higher number.

Honestly, I always liked Sega's and Nintendo's naming conventions. I'm not a fan of the numbers. Unfortunately for Microsoft, this is where they generally fall on their face, so maybe numbers are for the best after all. LOL

tomwarren said,
Brian was referring to the new Xbox update that it launching soon. Not a new Xbox console.

Totally agree with Tom.
I also think he was referring to the Autumn XBOX update

MikeHellstone said,

Totally agree with Tom.
I also think he was referring to the Autumn XBOX update

That's rightm the one that coming with IE and the updated apps list, not an entirely new console. However they are obviously building a new XBOX but it won't come round for a while and we will know a fare way off from its release date because partners need to grab the SDKs and start developing for the presumably different platform (could just be a hardware upgrade).

tomwarren said,
Brian was referring to the new Xbox update that it launching soon. Not a new Xbox console.

wow, Tom has a account here on Neowin! I didn't know!

tomwarren said,
Brian was referring to the new Xbox update that it launching soon. Not a new Xbox console.

Yep, yep, yep...it is fun to see the roumer mill jump into action though.

If it's so obvious, why bother creating an article? The journalism here is just getting worse and worse. Plus the front page is bloated with these stupid In Software
/rant

You are right, we should probably just shut down the entire site, call it a day and dump (more) water on the server...and yet you felt compelled to read the headline, click it, scroll to the bottom, write out a comment, hit submit.

tsupersonic said,
If it's so obvious, why bother creating an article? The journalism here is just getting worse and worse. Plus the front page is bloated with these stupid In Software
/rant

There is this neat site called Google that lets you search the internet for results based on your query. Maybe if you ask it nicely it can show you a new website to use, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

LOC said,
I swear, if they name it Xbox 8 I'm gonna hurl.

Quite unlikely given the lifespan of Xbox is much longer than of a Windows release.

bviktor said,

Quite unlikely given the lifespan of Xbox is much longer than of a Windows release.

Not at all, rumors are that it might be called XBOX "Infinity" or "8" (infinity symbol). So it's entirely possible

bviktor said,

Quite unlikely given the lifespan of Xbox is much longer than of a Windows release.

They could step it with software updates as they do now, and jump product releases to be inline with whatever the Windows flavor is at the time. Honestly, it sounds like this is the path they're on. I'll be curious to see what they do.