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Microsoft begins manufacturing the next Xbox?

Microsoft begins manufacturing the next Xbox?

Fri 04 May 2012 9:18pm GMT / 5:18pm EDT / 2:18pm PDT
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Flextronics may have begun manufacturing of Microsoft's next console

According to an IGN source, Microsoft has begun the assembly of its next-generation Xbox at the Austin, Texas-based branch of Flextronics. Flextronics currently manufactures the Xbox 360, and previously did the same for the original Xbox. Previous rumors have pegged the next Xbox's code-name as Durango.

Flextronics has also reportedly created an internal testing group to deal with the hardware, software, and marketing aspects of the project. It's likely that the first hardware made will be development kits, meaning consumers still won't be seeing Durango for quite a while.

"Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumors or speculation," said Microsoft in a statement to IGN. Flextronics responded to IGN with no comment.

And so, we add another next Xbox rumor to the pile.

11 Comments

Martyn Brown
Managing Director

137 33 0.2
Whoever did that that concept image clearly had 5 shredded wheat for breakfast. And doesn't work for ikea.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,209 2,048 0.9
I can't believe IGN would assume this is anything but the manufacturing of the dev kits.

Hang on, it's IGN...I suppose I can believe it.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Mats Holm
Technical Process Analyst

49 29 0.6
My money is on devkits, but at least it is a step closer to knowing what sort of hardware we are getting.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Dominic Jakube
Student

92 13 0.1
As if they would manufacture consumer model consoles in the good ol' USA, they would cost a fortune.Even the original Xbox was made in Mexico amoung others.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

542 528 1.0
if that's really what the next xbox will look like, i will have 5 and hang them around the house. simple for the awesome cool sci-fi look they have!

Posted:A year ago

#5

Richard Gardner
Artist

122 30 0.2
I would have to agree with it being dev kits also, I think things are stacking up great for the next generation. A lot of developers are jumping onto development early and in comparison to Nintendo I think we should expect to see a lot more core content from Sony and Microsoft.

I assume Microsoft will compete with the Wii U this christmas with the rumoured subscription model. If this is successful it wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft retail the 720 at a very low price, but include a monthly subscription and include services like Netflix etc... The model used to sell high end smart phones and tablets could really help early adoption rates and drive the success of the next generation.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Craig Page
Programmer

380 216 0.6
Ooooh, shiny, and precious!! I would drown a hobbit or two for one of those...

Posted:A year ago

#7

Rick Underhill
Level Artist

5 1 0.2
lol

Posted:A year ago

#8
Nah, that pic is just an up close shot of a ring for a chav.

Posted:A year ago

#9

James Butterworth
IT Hardware & Software

24 1 0.0
That concept pic looks like something out of Aliens vs Predator, like an alien cocoon! At least it doesn't look like a casket lid like the PS3 :)

Posted:A year ago

#10

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,992 900 0.5
It's devkits, I bet. Also, that concept image made me laugh like hell, as it looks like a belt buckle for Sinestro... or a fancy Jell-o dessert recipe (hee hee)...

Posted:A year ago

#11

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