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Xbox in Light of the Living Room's Future

From Nat Brown, one of the founding members of the Xbox team:

My gripe is that, as usual, Microsoft has jumped its own shark and is out stomping through the weeds planning and talking about far-flung future strategies in interactive television and original programming partnerships with big dying media companies when their core product, their home town is on fire, their soldiers, their developers, are tired and deserting, and their supply-lines are broken.

Nat says that Microsoft is doing what it needs to survive the impending iOS & Android onslaught of the living room. He says that the Xbox is touting a success it attained only because of its competitors "stumbling failures" and then goes on to blast the failings of the xBox 360's (sic) interface.

There is truth in his words but you can't judge Microsoft's future Xbox strategies purely from their Xbox 360 offerings.

Surely Microsoft is aware of their future competitors in this instance and they are adjusting their strategies as needed. I guess we will find out soon enough.

Via Daring Fireball

Are These Plans For The Future Xbox?

Joystiq is reporting that a document has been found on Scribd (now removed) detailing the plans for the next-gen Xbox through 2015. They seem to think that the document was created sometime in 2010, the same year in which the Xbox 360 Slim was released.

Details covered in the PDF include: Blu-Ray, 3D ouput, XTV compatiblility, multiple 1080p in and out, stereo Kinect V2 (depicted as two units mounted on either side of your TV), AR glasses that can be used outside the home as well as in-game, the ability to play your new Xbox console games on any device, Windows 8 foundation, clip-art and poorly rendered people having seizures.

And while all of this seems entirely plausible and even matches up with several rumors, the mystery document also claims that the target price for all of this is a mere $299. To me, this is the most outlandish part of the entire document. For reference, the Xbox 360 launched in two flavors, the highest of which was priced at $399. Perhaps $299 is the price of a cheaper configuration once again.

Note: Covington & Burling LLP have removed the original leaked document from Scribd. The law firm has worked with Microsoft in the past.