There are rumours online that Microsoft has been working closely with game developers Blizzard on a replacement for the Xbox360
The reports posted originate from GDC 09 where Blizzard’s Rob Pardo confirmed that the company had been in discussion with Microsoft about the next iteration of the Xbox system.
Despite the fact that Microsoft has never officially confirmed that it is working on a replacement for the 360 there has been widespread speculation as early as two years ago.
Pardo refused to be drawn on specifics of what they have been discussing but reports over at Slashgear picked up on comments made regarding the poor implementation of RTS on games consoles which led them to theorise that Blizzard are working closely on controller feedback for the Redmond-based gaming giant.
Whilst it’s clearly exciting times for gamers there are some concerns from developers that gaming isn’t going to be the priority as Microsoft may focus on making the 720 (or whatever they call it) the media hub of the home, in much the same way as Sony have with the Playstation 3.
“I get the impression they’re focusing on owning the living room, one device that lets you watch movies, television and play games and music and all that stuff. They’re so focused on that that I’m not even sure they’re thinking about the games that are going to come out. Which is kind of crazy” said Warren Spector of Junior Point Studios.
Whatever the focus of the device may be, we’re hoping that Microsoft don’t do the hot potato trick again as soon as it’s launched and drop all support for the existing 360 as it did with the original Xbox.
We’ll bring you any breaking news on this as we get it.