Microsoft ups office security to ‘unprecedented levels’ to stop Xbox 720 leaks

Tuesday, 2nd October 2012 11:39 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox 720 leaks are a big concern for Microsoft, so the company is reportedly increasing security at its key Redmond office.

CVG reports on a Geekwire claim that Microsoft will boost its security measures to “an unprecedented level”, in a bid to plug any potential leaks.

The report also states that Microsoft employees at Redmond have been notified of the new measures, which include physical security checks, limited employee access to offices and more. Business visitors are allegedly being asked to -pre-register their trip to the studio online and be escorted by an employee at all times.

When Xbox 720 will launch is still up for debate, but something is definitely happening at Microsoft HQ. More as we get it.



  1. KAP

    Its not security they need to worry about, its loose lips that’s the problem.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    I think that’s both. The security part comes down to leaked pictures and stuff like that which can be helped with via tighter security.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Malmer

    Also, raising the security will make employees more tight-lipped aswell just because they are more aware.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hunam

    Land of the free eh?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. hitnrun

    This ought to help productivity. Maybe they can blame the policy for their system being horrible, rather than their determination to make it horrible.


    For reals. What the hell is the likelihood that a physical object is going to be smuggled out of Redmond, and what would it matter if it did? Until they’re actually in production, there’s nothing to steal that would matter. 99.4% of the Internet wouldn’t know the X720′s GPU from their ethernet card.

    Sure, someone could post a picture of an integrated circuit on Kotaku and explain that it’s the GPU…but really, who cares? The almost universal majority of interested people would want to see what it looks like. Everything else is just words. Plus someone’s probably going to post an integrated circuit on Kotaku and claim it’s part of the Xbox anyway.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Goffee

    All this stuff will be fabbed and built in China (with Germany and some US plants chipping in), so it is there that the leaks are likely to come from… just as happens with Apple’s products. To prevent these leaks, Microsoft needs to announce the news NOW (name, case design, rough specs and so on, with an estimated release date) – then get on with the job of launching it – Holding out for an E3 reveal (or whenever) is a forlorn hope that won’t keep watertight, no matter how hard MS tries.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. CPC_RedDawn

    Visually I do not think the console will look any different it self. As I think they more or less got it right with the design of the consoles chassis. I do believe though that the console should come with AT LEAST 500GB as the lowest entry model and then hopefully a 1TB version too. With XBLA, and PSN, becoming more and more relevant. Internet speeds have gotten a lot faster too. We will need the space. Also if its meant to be the “media hub” of the living room as they keep saying. Then I want to be able to put my music, movies, and games all on there too. With the measily 250GB or 320GB HDD’s this just is not enough. Also games in themselves are getting much much bigger too. Unless they are going to finally include some form of cloud saving function into Xbox Live, much like PSN has done. But I would like this on a bigger scale. Like you pay for what you get, in other words the more memory you want in the “cloud” the more money you pay a year. Which you can save your games, music, and movie too and access when ever you want to.

    Right now, I could care less about the power of the machine or the PS3 as I have a beastly PC for graphics all I want is a nice media hub for my living room with some casual games to play when nothing is on TV :)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Noodlemanny

    @ CPC_RedDawn
    You do get cloud storage on Xbox Gold but its only like 512MB.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    Lol, security leak guaranteed just before WiiU launch ;-)

    #9 2 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    Smells like PR to me. Leading up to the WiiU launch MS wants as many headlines as possible containing the word xb720. And I agree with OM, lots of times “leaks” are done on purpose by the company in question.

    #10 2 years ago

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