To believe, or not to believe: that is the question.
Earlier this month, a Microsoft executive set tongues wagging when he let slip a mention of a 'new Xbox'. Still, it seems Microsoft is eager to nip things in the bud, as the company has said Windows Live General Manager Brian Hall was actually talking about new Xbox software.
Microsoft has long been rumored to be working on a brand new Xbox console, but the company is reluctant to talk about plans relating to the next generation. When pressed on the issue, Microsoft will sometimes point to Kinect and say it thinks the current generation still has a lot of life left in it. However, during a podcast with The Verge, Brian Hall, General Manager of Windows Live, spoke about Microsoft's decision to go forward with Outlook.com and accidentally mentioned the new Xbox as one of the motivations for the new webmail client.
"We've operated Hotmail for about 16 years," he told The Verge. "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."
Microsoft this week rushed to 'clarify' Hall's comments, insisting that he was talking about software.
"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," CVG quotes Redmond as saying.
The as-yet-unconfirmed Xbox 720 is thought to be making its debut at E3 2013, in June of next year. However, the release is not expected until late 2013 or early 2014.