Hot off the heels of last week's leak of the development kits for the new Xbox, codenamed "Durango," a Microsoft employee has spoken openly about the new Xbox during an interview about the new Outlook.com, and several websites have been reporting on this.
Brain Hall, general manager of WLIVE, had the following to say:
We have had Hotmail and have operated Hotmail for the last 16 years. ... We just decided it was time to do the best with each of those, including Hotmail, and bring them to the wave of new systems we are currently designing. We want Windows 8 and Hotmail on all devices, the new Windows Phone and the new Xbox.
While it has been widely predicted that the new Xbox has been in development for the last year, this is the first time that Microsoft have openly discussed the new console. Developers have announced that the beginning of the next generation consoles will be in 2013, so odds are high that Microsoft will beat Sony to the punch again and announce that their new console will be launching in 2013. Focus on Gamescom and TGS will now be a lot higher, and it is almost certain that gamers will hear something about the "Durango" or "Xbox 720" at one of those conferences.
Will you be interested in the new Xbox? When will Microsoft finally reveal their next generation console?