After the somewhat ‘amazing’ leak detailing the next Xbox console, Microsoft has finally come out and spoken in reference to the now infamous 56-page document. You may be surprised to hear that we didn’t get the usual response from Microsoft either.
Some of you may have been expecting Microsoft to come out and say that ‘We don’t comment on rumor and speculation’, since that is common tradition for the company in previous trends. Instead though, a spokesperson has given a more detailed statement to Eurogamer, deciding to leave us with the key following words:
”We are continually thinking about the future of the platform and when we have something to share, we will.”
The spokesperson also felt the need to say that ‘now is a better time than ever to own an Xbox 360’, which to us is another piece of damning evidence that this document was real. If you think about it, Microsoft couldn’t come out and own up to the document right away, as it would mean that nobody buys the Xbox 360 anymore in favor of waiting for next-gen.
That’s why they have come out and said that about the Xbox 360, as they don’t want to harm their 360 hardware sales until they finally do announce next-gen. Then of course you have to remind yourselves of the key fact that the leaked document was dated back to 2010 and references the Xbox SmartGlass technology, which was just announced officially at this year’s E3.
We would love to know how high level Xbox execs are feeling now, knowing too well that the majority of their next-gen features and specifications have been blown wide open. It also gives Sony a sneaky look at their rival’s console, allowing them to make any hardware or software upgrades as they see fit.
With the Wii U already public knowledge and now this massive document on the Xbox 720, you may even say that Sony now has the upper hand since nobody still knows anything regarding the PlayStation 4. You can just imagine Kaz Hirai reading that document, licking his lips on how to go on the counter-attack to provide similar features for their console.
What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s comments firstly – is that a blatant attempt to rescue lost sales of the Xbox 360? Would you also agree that Sony now has the upper hand in the next gen specs battle?