Lately we’ve been speculating a lot lately about the release of the next Xbox video game console. It’s been an incredible seven years since the release of the Xbox 360, and if a recent Microsoft job posting is any indication, it appears that we’ll finally get a new Xbox by the spring of 2014.
Speculation about a new Xbox was advanced last week after Microsoft executive Brian Hall mentioned a “new Xbox” in the same breath as new versions of several other Microsoft products, including Windows, Hotmail, and the Office business software suite.
However, Microsoft quickly covered for Hall, insisting that he was referring to an upcoming system update of Xbox Live and not a whole new Xbox console. Given that Microsoft rarely comments on speculation, it was somewhat out of the ordinary for the company to cover for Hall.
But now there’s new evidence to suggest a new Xbox is, in fact, coming soon.
A job listing at Microsoft suggests that the system could be making its way into American retail outlets in the next eighteen months or so.
“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,” the listing reads.
First reporting on the job ad was Gamespot.com. Shortly after it ran the story, Microsoft told the site that it “is always looking for talented people to innovate now and in the future. We don’t have any further comment on this or any other job posting.”
It would appear, then, that Microsoft is back to its policy of not commenting on rumors involving future products.
Nevertheless, the job ad will almost certainly advance speculation that Microsoft is planning to release a new Xbox. And it’s about time: with the Xbox 360 now more than eighty months old (making it far, far older than the first Xbox when it was succeeded in November 2005), it would be no great surprise to see an Xbox 720 on display at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).