updated 09:00 am EDT, Mon March 21, 2011
Microsoft Xbox hardware rumored for 2015
Microsoft might not have genuinely new Xbox hardware for another four years, according to discoveries. A profile for designer Ben Peterson mentions work for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business that would be "investigating future user experiences and hardware for 2015." A teaser shot shows a brief glimpse of what's supposedly being worked on, although it doesn't provide any clear indication of what would be made.
The project is secretive, and samples would only be available in person, Peterson said. If a real project, Peterson likely wouldn't have any liberty to discuss his work at all due to secrecy, which he acknowledges by referring to it as "confidential."
It's unknown if the console is an entirely new Xbox or a peripheral. Microsoft has always hinted that the Xbox 360 would have a long development cycle but has never said when it would expect a revamp. The 2015 date would keep the Xbox 360 on the market for a full decade, making it one of the longest-serving consoles to represent the current generation.
Sony often has kept its own consoles for a decade, but only after having introduced its replacement five years later. The PS3 may get a longer life cycle as well, but a 2015 time frame could leave Sony an opportunity to ship first. [via ZDNet]