Rumor: Microsoft Starts Work on New Xbox Model for 2015

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Stephen Chapman over at ZDNet did some sleuthing today and found a "morsel" noted on software/gadget engineer Ben Peterson's portfolio page. It's a teaser for a brand-new Microsoft project having to do with the Xbox 360. And with a completion date of 2015, Chapman surmises that it's likely for the next-generation Xbox console.

Peterson is the same mad scientist responsible for things like the Eye See U Book monocle and the Tea 4 Two electric kettle.

Here's the latest project he's working on.

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Microsoft Xbox: Confidential / Collaboration with Microsoft's IEB Design group investigating future user experiences and hardware for 2015. *Work samples only permissible in person.* (March 2011)

We can glean from the noted March 2011 date above that this is a completely new project just getting underway. As for the black devices we see, obviously he did not want to disclose more than a huge tease. The top half looks like a stand of some sort with something attached to the top if it while the bottom half looks like a zoomed-in section of a Kinect-shaped device, but that's merely guess work on my behalf, of course.

The press team at Microsoft didn't immediately respond to questions seeking confirmation of the rumor. But with a 2015 completion date, one can only hope that a new Xbox console will be available, considering the Xbox 360 will be 10 years old by then.

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