Has Microsoft increased security around Xbox buildings?

We have been getting leaks about Microsoft's plans for its next Xbox game console for some time. Everything from a detailed internal "Xbox 720" roadmap to people actually selling what they claim are next generation XBOX SDK hardware on eBay have found their way to the Internet.

Now a new rumor claims that Microsoft may be trying to prevent further leaks ahead of a planned full announcement. Geekwire.com reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft has put in new security measures at some of its Xbox-based building in Redmond, Washington.

Specifically, the report claims that four buildings on the Redmond campus that are a part of the Xbox and Interactive Entertainment Business sections will soon have open access only to employees in those divisions as well as vendors that work directly with those divisions. Other Microsoft employees and vendors that are not a part of those divisions, but still need to enter the buildings for business reasons, will have to register as visitors, either online or at the buildings, and be escorted by an employee of that division.

The report claims that the new security procedures is something of a first at Microsoft and will be fully implemented by the end of October. There's lots of speculation that Microsoft could launch the "next Xbox" sometime in the fall of 2013.

Source: Geekwire.com
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Isn't this too little too late? anyway, they can't stop the leaks. Just need to bribe the right people and they'll spill the beans regardless of how tight the security is. Just look at Apple's "legendary secrecy" even that is failing to stop leaks these days...

what is the big deal? unless they are coming up with some awesome virtual reality immersive console i assume both platforms will be as good as the other one. i just wich pc platform wasnt being so neglected.

lamebo said,
what is the big deal? unless they are coming up with some awesome virtual reality immersive console i assume both platforms will be as good as the other one. i just wich pc platform wasnt being so neglected.

Maybe your not far off Kinect being build in, 3d TV's being on the rise. But we'll see

blah.. Sony is already going to be a year behind or more when they finally make the PS4, so it will end up having slightly better hardware simply because of that fact. I seriously doubt MS is the least bit worried about competitors getting a look at their hardware early.

with a product like a gaming console specs matter very much and letting your competitors(Sony) have a peak at it could mean potential doom.. Its only smart that they will guard it from any leaks

kinpin said,
with a product like a gaming console specs matter very much and letting your competitors(Sony) have a peak at it could mean potential doom.. Its only smart that they will guard it from any leaks

Potential doom? How so? The PS3 is allot more powerfull (raw power that is) then the 360. Didnt spoil anything for the 360. Which is currently the console holding down progress. PS3 can still go on and rival PC games in graphics.

They shouldn't have to deal with employees or visitors stealing and leaking information. They took steps that had to be taken. Hopefully this will prevent any more loses. To bad for those that have to deal with additional security.

tytytucke said,
They shouldn't have to deal with employees or visitors stealing and leaking information. They took steps that had to be taken. Hopefully this will prevent any more loses. To bad for those that have to deal with additional security.

I'm surprised it's the first time they've done it, though.

They didn't beef up security for Xbox 1 or Xbox 360?

TomJones said,

I'm surprised it's the first time they've done it, though.

They didn't beef up security for Xbox 1 or Xbox 360?


Because their position in the console market has never before been such a threat to other parties as Sony or Nintendo. Besides, leaking information is the new hype of 2012.