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Microsoft plays down Xbox 720 leak: ‘Never been a better time to own an Xbox 360′

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We’re sure many of you were caught up in the intrigue of last week’s document leak revealing supposed features and specifications for Microsoft’s next home console, colloquially referred to as the ‘Xbox 720.’

Without cold hard evidence, it’s always difficult to parse the fact from the fiction from the rumours from the speculation, and it does, at some point, become futile discussing reports surrounding technology and announcements that we’ll only see materialise many months and years from now.

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So it was with Microsoft’s ‘leaked’ documents. Dated August 2010, the detailed report of a so-called ‘Xbox 720’ included information on features ranging from Kinect 2, SmartGlass, support for Blu-ray media, cloud-based services and even out-of-the-box support for 3D gaming and glasses.

We’ll defer to The Verge’s report on the documents, which you can find over here, to get you up to speed on the matter (if you wish).

While console manufacturers need to plan well in advance with regards to the technology and features of their next devices, August 2010 is quite a long time ago and any information in the supposedly official document might very well be out of date at this point, but the content still makes for interesting reading (if you can find it – Microsoft is asking hosts to remove it).

What’s very interesting, however, is Microsoft’s recent statement to Eurogamer regarding the document and its contents, which neither confirms nor denies their authenticity but rather plays up the importance of Xbox 360.

Here’s the statement in full:

“We understand there is great interest and anticipation for what comes next for Xbox and we are lucky to have customers who are so passionate about the platform.

“Today, there has never been a better time to own an Xbox 360 console. We have found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and we’ve re-invented the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships.

“We are continually thinking about the future of the platform and when we have something to share, we will.”

Do you believe the contents of the ‘leaked’ Xbox 720 documents were authentic? Perhaps out-of-date or still relevant?

Do you find any real value in discussing reports of technology that we won’t see for another year or two, or is it all in good fun?


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