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12-02-12, 05:41 AM
Late this week, sources told Bloomberg that Microsoft would release (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-29/microsoft-said-to-plan-next-xbox-console-for-2013-holiday-season.html) a new Xbox toward the end of 2013. Microsoft's Xbox 360 debuted in 2005, and the hardware is getting a bit long in the tooth after over 7 years.

"People familiar with the company's plans," told Bloomberg that Microsoft "hasn‚??t decided whether to unveil the new Xbox at an industry event such as the E3 show in June, or a separate event devoted solely to the machine."

This new information gives an extra measure of credibility to what was merely a rumor last June (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/06/leaked-document-points-to-299-xbox-720-for-2013/), when a 56 page document that appeared to come from internal Microsoft slides leaked on to Scribd, revealing a road map for the new Xbox (referred to as the Xbox 720). The described console included ‚??an improved Kinect, a head-mounted 'glasses' display, and a major investment in cloud gaming,‚?? Ars wrote in June. Of course, Bloomberg's recent story only divulged¬*when Microsoft is planning to release the new Xbox, but the sources didn't give any details on what it would be called or what features it would include.


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