Microsoft begins manufacturing the next Xbox?

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.

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Martyn Brown Managing Director, Insight For Hire5 years ago
Whoever did that that concept image clearly had 5 shredded wheat for breakfast. And doesn't work for ikea.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.5 years ago
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.
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Mats Holm Technical Writer, Electronic Arts5 years ago
My money is on devkits, but at least it is a step closer to knowing what sort of hardware we are getting.
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Dominic Jakube Student 5 years ago
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.
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Richard Gardner Artist, Crytek5 years ago
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.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises5 years ago
Ooooh, shiny, and precious!! I would drown a hobbit or two for one of those...
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Rick Underhill Level Artist, EA DICE5 years ago
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D5 years ago
Nah, that pic is just an up close shot of a ring for a chav.
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James Butterworth IT Hardware & Software 5 years ago
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 :)
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
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)...
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