Getting excited for the next Xbox video game console from Microsoft? Or are you happy that neither Microsoft nor Sony have introduced new and expensive systems that will turn the hardware you own into pricey paperweights?
Personally, I’d be quite comfortable extending my relationship with the 360 and PS3 another five years, but it appears that both Microsoft and Sony are getting ready to unveil next-gen consoles in the upcoming 12-24 months.
Recently, a Microsoft representative revealed that a new Xbox is probably not far off. In addition, he indicated that its interface might be based on the touchscreen style seen in the company’s soon-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system.
The rep in question is Brian Hall, Microsoft’s Windows Live general manager. In an interview with Verge, Hall discussed the newly-unveiled Hotmail, which uses many of the interface features found in Windows 8.
Here’s the quote (keep in mind Hall is initially referring to Hotmail, soon to be known as Outlook.com):
“We just decided it was time to do something new…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.”
Now, it’s important that we don’t jump to conclusions here. First of all, Hall doesn’t actually say that the new Xbox is about to be released, nor does he state that it will be based on the Windows 8 OS. But he does make reference to a “new” Xbox, and discusses it in the same breath as several other programs — including Office and Hotmail — that have received Windows 8-style facelifts in recent months.
One thing’s for sure: the quote will get more people talking about next-gen consoles. It’s already widely rumored that the next Xbox will be revealed by Microsoft at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
In the meantime, Windows 8 is set to launch this October.