And so we formally enter the next installment in the ongoing console wars saga. No, it wasn’t a particularly closed secret that Microsoft has been working on the successor to the Xbox 360 for a while now - but this is the first time the company has officially acknowledged its existence. They have finally announced the next Xbox, the second home console to enter the fray (with the Wii U being the first, of course).
So where do we go from here? Will this new Xbox be far more powerful than its predecessor? Will Sony now jump in the game with their next system? How will Nintendo react to this news? This is all developing as we speak, er…as I write, so information is still coming in. Expect further updates as we get more information.
For now, here’s the full quote from Windows Live manager Brian Hall:
“We did this- we’ve had Hotmail for- and operated Hotmail for about 16 years. We obviously have Exchange, and Outlook that people use at work. 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.”
I won’t lie - that last comment about the “new Xbox” almost sounds a bit more like an accidental slip than a formal announcement - but a reveal is a reveal, regardless if it was intended or not.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited at the prospects of another bout of console fighting, or tired with this ongoing war of one-ups-manship? Comment away!