Xbox NeXt rumor debunked by Microsoft0 Comments
Our hats go off to the folks out there constantly trawling resumes on LinkedIn and other sources in order to uncover video game information earlier than anyone else. It seems that this has just happened again, though the news didn't last long. Recently, everyone has been talking about the potential of a new Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which are thought to be more of a current generation upgrade rather than a fully new system. For some, it appeared this was confirmed by a Microsoft employee's resume.
The employee in question is a visual design lead who first joined the company in 2008. At that point, they worked exclusively with the Xbox 360. Since 2012, however, they have increased their focus to work on the following projects: "Xbox One, Xbox NeXt, Xbox SmartGlass, and Xbox 360." Wait, Xbox NeXt?
The name "Xbox NeXt" is not particularly new, and in fact has been mentioned even before the Xbox One launched. Rather than a codename for a specific device, it's just a way for Microsoft to refer to a next console (whatever form it takes). Some have questioned if this is potentially an Xbox One-point-five. The LinkedIn profile wasn't saying one way or another.
Microsoft quickly responded by explaining that Xbox NeXt was actually "an old internal team name" for the Xbox One, as some had pointed out. Hopes were then dashed, but here's something to think about: bascially from the moment a console manufacturer launches their newest machine, they're already starting development on what's next. Microsoft are most definitely working on something new, just as Sony and Nintendo are, whatever those may be.