The speculation surrounding the hugely anticipated Xbox 720 is rife at the moment, with the launch date of the next-gen console the topic on everyone’s lips.
Official launch date is anyone’s guess at the moment, but as time goes by we are getting more and more titbits of information.
The latest rumour has put the launch date for the 720 before 2014, and on the face of it is a fairly convincing estimate. But is it true or false?
Microsoft job listing
The rumour comes courtesy of a job listing by Microsoft, which hinted that the next-gen console would be available in 18 months.
The listing stated:
“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,”
This would make the device available in late 2013 or early 2014 at the latest. With Nintendo kicking off the next-gen console race later this year, a 2013 release for the 720 would make sense.
Microsoft exec Xbox 720 hint
Mention of a “new Xbox” was also made by Microsoft’s Brian Hall in an interview with tech publication The Verge, with the Windows Live boss listing the next-gen console alongside a series of upcoming products.
“We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those [Exchange and Outlook] 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,”
However, Microsoft PR attempted to quash the rumours by arguing that Hall was simply referring to software update for the Xbox 360.
Xbox 720 2013 release: true or false?
Apart from the odd slip-up here and there, Microsoft is keeping its cards very close to its chest on the next-gen Xbox.
But actions speak louder than words, and commentators have pointed out that all the big upcoming titles have been announced for early 2013 – paving the way for a console launch at E3 2013.
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