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Xbox 720: “new Xbox” is “coming out with Windows 8″

Monday, 6 August 2012 16:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox 720 is “coming out with Windows 8,” according to what could be a slip-up by Microsoft general manager Brian Hall.

Hall was discussing the launch of Outlook.com in an interview with The Verge when he mentioned the “new Xbox” in relation to Windows 8.

Here’s the full quote:

“We’ve had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about 16 years, we obviously have Exchange, and Outlook, that people use at work. We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those and put them together and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we could have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office with the new Windows phone and the new Xbox.”

You can hear Hall say the words in the recorded interview below, from 1 minute 17 seconds:

Thanks, Wegotlife.

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33 Comments

  1. Doomsayer

    So why exactly is that suprising again ?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Andrew@WeGotLife.com

    Hi Dave. I just wanted to say a big thank-you for crediting my little blog at the end of your article. Not many of the bigger sites do this. Cheers! :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. G1GAHURTZ

    It all depends on how you semantically define the word “with”.

    To me it looks like he’s saying that these products will launch at the same time, rather than the new windows phone and the new Xbox will have windows 8.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @2 not a problem Andrew, without the source news can’t happen :)

    @1 because Microsoft is at least acknowledging the console’s exisitence again, instead of another ‘no comment’ dodge.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    Yes. The more I read it, the more I realise that this is exactly what he’s saying.

    Windows 8, Office 2013, the new Windows phone and the new Xbox are all part of Microsoft’s “new wave of products”.

    Nowhere does he suggest that the ’720′ will launch with Windows 8.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. BlockheadBrown

    This is being misconstrued. The next Xbox is being referenced as a new product, which it, the new phone and other products mentioned will be. That doesn’t mean “Windows 8 is IN the next Xbox”. Will Metro styling proliferate across their new products? I definitely believe so. All he’s doing here is associating “new Xbox” with new products, which happens to include Windows 8.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Lewis247

    He clearly states that its this outlook service that will be incorporated into the next wave of products: Windows phone, 8, next xbox.

    No where does that interchange to, windows 8 incorporated into the next xbox.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. HeavyD-Love

    All i gotta say is….if this “new Xbox” is $299 like they are suggesting….I can’t wait for day 1 purchase.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    Next XBox comes with Email client is pretty big news by itself – not coming with Windows 8 too is probably a good thing.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve edited it slightly. He said the “new Xbox” is a product “coming out with Windows 8″. I’ll leave it at that.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Cobra951

    @8, provided all SP games can be played offline with no caveats, I will probably join you.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    Sorry for the confusion guys, we actually did have a chat about what the guy was on about, glad we could reach a consensus with your input :)

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheBlackHole

    Erm…

    “the new wave of products that we could have coming out with Windows 8″

    COULD have, not WILL, not DOES… COULD.

    Not even a hint of a done deal. More speculation.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    Lets be completely honest here… no matter how you want to spin it, the title is still blatantly misleading, attempting to say something that simply wasn’t said for the sake of tabloidism.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. majicship

    I don’t want a computer in my living room. That’s where I keep my games console.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. vormison

    And only another year of this, folks.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight

    Makes sense Windows 8 is scalable, made to work with tablets,smart phones and PCs. SO why not a console?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Meta_Dragon

    @17

    Because windows 8 is complete trash and yet Microsoft seems to think it’s actually a good OS.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @18 Under the hood, when it comes to running the actual machine, it’s a perfectly fine OS, and its just as reliable (if not more so) than Windows 7.

    The only problem with Windows 8 is the god awful homogenisation of the interface, thanks to Microsoft’s laziness.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Talkar

    ^It also increases performance in gaming, my fps went from 103 to 117-121 in StarCraft 2 ;)

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Maximum Payne

    @20 Really , that good ?
    When was last time you re install that windows on which you get 103 frames ?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 Windows 8 uses memory more efficiently than Windows 7, is less CPU intensive than Windows 7, and does a better job of offloading unnecessary processes than Windows 7.

    It stands to basic reason that things would run faster.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    @19, there has yet to be a version of Windows that didn’t suffer from “Windows stank” eventually. Periodic reinstalling of any Windows OS is still advised to maintain performance – that makes it not an ideal candidate for pretty much anything.

    If xbox 3 ships with a version of Windows 8 you can practically guarantee it’ll be a cut back locked down version, so I wouldn’t pee my pants just yet unless you’re a big fan of the shite Microsoft likes to call software.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Ireland Michael

    @23 “there has yet to be a version of Windows that didn’t suffer from “Windows stank” eventually.”

    I’m not really sure what you point it. Even with fresh installs, Windows 8 is faster and less process intensive than Windows 7. Performance is not one of Windows 8′s problems. Shitty design is.

    “If xbox 3 ships with a version of Windows 8…”

    Why are people still assuming that the Xbox 3 is going to have Windows 8 when it’s already been clarified that the remark was taken out of context?

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Old MacDonald

    There were people who kept going on about how much better Vista would be too.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    @25 I’m not really sure what you point is. Windows Vista was a resource hog right from the get-go, compared to Windows XP. Every version of Windows since has required lower specs, which in an industry that is constantly changing the golden carrot of better hardware is honestly refreshing, and smart design too.

    People are simply looking for an excuse to blindly hate Windows 8. Its fine to have problems with it. Just make sure those complaints are pointed in the right directions.

    Personally, I *do* think Windows 8 is a disaster, but I’m not going to levy criticism where there frankly isn’t any to be made.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. lexph3re

    I like windows 8. I got a free(my tuition pays for it) copy of it from MS’s official site. Installed it on CPU’s at school and tickered with it for a while. The only thing I don’t like is it’s clearly a touched based GUI and with the Surface it’ll run extremely smooth. But, on desktops/laptops if they don’t have touch screens it’ll be annoying.

    Only *disaster* I see is how easily it’ll be to gain access to people desktops through their phones/tablets if you have the skills. The communication between them are too seamless.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. gameflow

    Interesting. I believe Microsoft is trying to establish the new Xbox as the “living room personal computer”. We’ve seen at the E3 how they push the whole multi-media/streaming tv concept and heading for a wider audience. I assume that they dont see the Xbox as a “classic” gaming console any more. Personaly I think we will also notice this direction when it comes down to tech specs for the 720…

    #28 3 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    @24, “Windows Stank” if a term attributed to the tendency for machines running Windows to drop in performance over time in a manner in which neither Linux nor Mac OS seem to, it has nothing to do with the performance of a fresh install.

    Hence the idea of utilising Windows on a machine I expect to have a lifetime of potentially 5-10 years is not appealing.

    If MS have finally eliminated Stank in Windows 8, then fantastic, but seen as Windows 8 doesn’t look like a massive step away from 7 I kinda doubt it.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Gadzooks!

    #28

    Thats a rediculous thing to say. Xbox is only now catching up to the non-gaming media capabilities of PS3, so do you consider that a media-focussed ‘also does games’ machine too? Lets not forget that without non-gaming bluray playback the PS3 would not have survived it’s first year on the market.

    Its called evolution. Technology changes and ALL consoles and handhelds are incorporating extra media functions. What you call a ‘classic console’ is simply an outdated idea.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. DrDamn

    People are still missing quite a lot of implications here. I think from the quote and audio a direct link from Windows 8 to Next Xbox is tenuous, but there is a clear indication an email client of some sort will be included.

    That’s a natural progression. MS and Sony have always been aiming for a multi-function set-top box. Games were a way in but extending out to media, social networking and communications were goals too. What’s potentially interesting is that if communications in terms of messaging/email is extended and standardised then how are you going to use these tools with a standard controller?

    @28
    “Living room personal computer” isn’t the aim. It’s still going to be focused on consuming rather than creating. With a PC you might write a document, program, produce. With a set-top box you are playing, watching, sharing, communicating.

    The overall implication of a more fully fledged email type client also suggests some more interesting possibilities. The current XBox messaging system is quite basic. I think we’ll see screen and video capture becoming standard features of the OS in the next xbox and PS4. Linking in to social media and a more comprehensive messaging/email system allows you to share your gaming experiences more.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Da Man

    Please do keep Windows out of this, one of the reasons I have an Xbox is because I don’t want to be using that thing.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    @32 Windows isn’t part of it.

    #33 3 years ago

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  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

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  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

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  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

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  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

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  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

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  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

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  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

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  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

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  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

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  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

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  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

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