Rumour: Microsoft Has Begun Building Successor To The Xbox 360

We've been hearing bits and pieces about Microsoft's alleged Xbox successor, codenamed Durango, since March of last year. Now we have another scrap to add — it's been reported that a company working for Microsoft has already started assembling the hardware for its next-generation console.

According to IGN, a source has informed it that a company called Flextronics, based in Texas in the US, has "started building the hardware" after conducting "comprehensive marketing, software and hardware tests". It notes that Flextronics is also responsible for constructing the first and current Xbox.

IGN speculates the units might just be development kits, rather than retail units, though the point is not clarified.

When IGN queried MS about the rumour, the company's PR took the opportunity to fluff on about Kinect, but otherwise provided that standard no comment, while Flextronics simply ignored the outlet. Microsoft's made it clear that it will not debut a new console at E3, so a guess that they're dev units could be accurate.

As always, rumour, grain, salt. Truth or not, we won't have definite news on Durango until MS is ready to start its marketing push.

Is Microsoft Already Manufacturing The Next Xbox? [IGN]


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    I, for one, can't wait. Bring on the next gen!

    CVG had a piece from OXM that listed the new specs... it sounds pretty God damned meaty.

    I really hope it's meaty. Would be so good. Bring it on.

      I love meat.

    Better start saving my pennies, I guess.

    Does anyone know anything about backwards compatibility with current 360 games?

      They are releasing the ability to play past gen games early. I think they are calling it the xbox 360

        Entirely unhelpful.

          How is it unhelpful? You are asking if they are giving you the ability to play 360 games. You have had that ability since 2005

            I was simply asking whether or not MS intended to include backwards capability in their new console. Not an entirely unreasonable question.

            Your response had nothing to do with that question, hence, it was unhelpful.

              You expressed concern about being able to play x360 games. I put those concerns at ease.

              I merely find it interesting, that while people are chomping at the bit for new tech, they are also concerned about past gen tech also. Frankly I find it counterproductive that so much effort and concern is put into something which will give you the ability to do something you can already do.

              I don't mean to come across condescending either. It is merely an odd observation I keep picking up as console generations move forward.

                Because backward compatibility in consoles has been so hit-and-miss, arguably more miss, I was wondering whether or not MS was even going to bother with it this time. I agree that some people express way too much concern over BC, but I'm not one. I hadn't heard any news about BC, so I thought I'd ask other gamers, on a gaming website, whether or not MS had discussed it.

                It inclusion or exclusion isn't a deal breaker with me. Simply a curiosity, really. :-)

                  Yeh ok, fair enough ;-)

                  I'll take my troll hat off now :p

                  I just wanna be able to bring all my existing XBLA games across! I'll be happy with that

                  According to the rumors, Jelly Arrow, it most probably won't be backwards compatible on the hardware side, but until anythings official we can all only speculate. By the by your question ain't stupid in the slightest as it definetly saves space in our Home entertainment systems not having multiple consoles crammed in together. Though a good idea, and something I will be doing, is when the 720 is released and my Profile has been transferred. Will take the 360 offline and do a full hardware mod, for the ultimate emulation box, for MAME, Sega, Nintendo etc.

                  According to the rumors, Jelly Arrow, it most probably won’t be backwards compatible on the hardware side, but until anythings official we can all only speculate. By the by your question ain’t stupid in the slightest as it definetly saves space in our Home entertainment systems not having multiple consoles crammed in together. Though a good idea, and something I will be doing, is when the 720 is released and my Profile has been transferred. Will take the 360 offline and do a full hardware mod, for the ultimate emulation box, for MAME, Sega, Nintendo etc

              How would we know if it is backwards compatible? we don't even know if this thing is being made yet.

      I think the big question here though, is will it play PS2 games. By which I mean will it run Windows 8 which can run PCSX2. If it does and Sony gives no support in the PS4. Trollololol!

        ^ Meant to be a reply to Jelly

    It's definitely time. It is becoming more and more obvious that game developers are having to make sacrifices to continue to push the overall appearance of games.

    I just pray that they don't include some sort of kinect device for the console. Like hell I am going to buy something I won't use. If they do that, I'm gonna go PS4.

      What if PS4 comes with some sort of Move device built-in?

        Then I'm throwing my hands up in the air and gettin a Wii U.

      What the industry needs is a standard aka DVD or blu-ray.

    Time to start saving, launch day console prices.

    Oh boy I can't wait for 2009 level tech this time around.
    Heck, it doesn't even look like the WiiU, Orbis and 720 will have dx11 support.

      Well, directX a graphics API which is owned and maintained by microsoft..... why would sony and nintendo use microsoft's software in their consoles? [and why would MS let them?]
      They use other graphics APIs, like openGL or another proprietary library developed for their hardware. You can't make comparisons with PC graphics libraries. Yes the hardware and features of the graphics processors are the same, but the API's to drive them are different.

    This just must be dev kits, the chance of a comsumer model Xbox not having "made in China" on it is astronomical as would the price of a console made in the good ol' USA.The original Xbox was made in Mexico/Poland/China.

      This is the same crowd that made the DevKits for xbox one and 360... so I'd say that's a safe bet.

      Flextronics is the second largest electronics manufacturer in the world, they built all of Microsoft's hardware so far. The factories making the systems might be in China (and other places too, IIRC many of the original PAL Xboxes were assembled in Hungary) but that doesn't mean they're designed there.

    I love how this ext gel console will still be behind current PC standards

    Sometimes I just hate people.

    next gen consoles are long overdue. wont be seeing them till late 2013 at the earliest though :(

    hopefully they can bring some new titles to the scene though

    This generations low end PC hardware tomorrow! :D

    Would love a "surprise" christmas 2012 launch, though that seems pretty unlikely as developers will definetly need another year of development time for launch titles, even though alot of them would already be well into development on next-gen titles (using estimated hardware setups until they get the official dev-kits)

    Who cares gaming is all but dead to me these days

      Come on champ, chin up, don't be like that

    Still have piles of 360 games to play, so take allllllllll the time in the world to release it right MS!

    I hope they keep the same controller. It's the best thing about the 360 imo.

      The reason I hate Playstations is because of that horrible cramped controller.

    Well it's been long enough and the 360 has served super well for long enough, I remember waiting for the midnight release, playing oblivion until 5am then calling in sick the next day.
    But let's just hope they are not in such a rush out the gate they stick cheap parts that melt, red rings anyone? Twice for me but they did repair it and return it within two weeks and replaced my Xbox the second time.

    Anyway I can wait

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