The Xbox 360 has been around for a really long time—it'll be seven years old in November—and with a life span like that, people have constantly speculated that its successor had to be near. Well, now we have confirmation.
Two events have happened in the past week that point to the new Xbox coming out in the next year or so. First, a few days ago, Microsoft Live general manager Brian Hall ensured that he would be persona non grata at Microsoft for a while by accidently telling IGN that the new Xbox was coming soon. (It was previously confidential information.)
"We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those- 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."
Then, ComputerWorld found a Microsoft job listing which said the Xbox 720 would be coming out within the next 18 months. The company soon realized its error and took the listing down, but not before the magazine saved it for posterity:
"Over the next 18 months, Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products, including Windows (Client, Server, Phone, and Azure), Office, and Xbox."
Microsoft unfortunately hasn't been leaky about what features the Xbox will have. That's up to baseless speculation—something you guys might be good at. What are you looking for in the new video game console?