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August 9, 2012

Microsoft advert suggests next Xbox console may arrive before 2014

Ok, being Mahoosive Gaming Geeks and hearing this news left us a tad excited to say the least.

It all kicked off when a job advert for a senior position at Microsoft’s entertainment division hinted that the next-gen Xbox console will see release before 2014.

The listing, which advertises for a Central Marketing Group Director contains the information that “over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox, along with completely new offerings like Microsoft Surface”.

It’s the clearest indication thus far that the computing giant’s next gaming console, which analysts are calling the Xbox 720, will be launched before 2014, eh..yaldi.

The job advert also echoes comments made by general manager of Windows Live, Brian Hall, who said in an interview with The Verge that: “we’ve operated Hotmail for about 16 years, we obviously have Exchange and Outlook that people use at work, and 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 have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office, with the New Windows Phone and the new Xbox.” Official Xbox 360 Magazine’s Editor,Jon Hicks says that while Microsoft has emphatically avoided any comment on the future of the brand, the software market is gearing up for big news next year.

Another exciting part of this story is that an eye-opening 56-page document which outlines Microsoft’s next-generation console master-plan had been “leaked” and is apparently “not a fake”.

The Xbox 720 document reveals a number of key technologies and advances, including dual-Kinect sensors, “groundbreaking Kinect Glasses”, and a unified media hub that records TV as games are being played.

“All the major games, including Microsoft’s own Xbox 360 exclusive titles, have been announced for the first half of 2013,” says Hicks, “which leaves the way clear for a new console to be debuted at E3 in June.”

By Jonny Polea

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Source: CVG

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.