Electronic Arts has denied it has next-generation Xbox consoles.
Rumors of a new Xbox console kicked off on Friday when gaming site Develop claimed that an unnamed Electronic Arts studio had taken delivery of a new Xbox console. It’s claimed that the new hardware was sent to EA last month and is packaged and stored inside a PC shell. EA developers are allegedly getting to grips with the hardware to create first-generation software says Develop.
Microsoft has declined to comment on the story but EA spokespeople claim the story is false. “This story is a total fabrication – 100 percent not true,” said EA corporate spokesman Jeff Brown. Develop still maintains that an announcement about the future console will be made, in some form, at E3.
Microsoft has previously posted several job listings to hire staff for the next-generation Xbox. The software giant is currently in the early stages of pre-production for the next-generation Xbox. The company advertised for a hardware verification engineer in March. The role is part of the development and verification of the Xbox and future platforms. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 gaming console dominated U.S. charts in 2010. Microsoft revealed at CES in January that the company has sold over 50 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide since launch. Microsoft also has 30 million active Xbox LIVE members and has sold 8 million Kinect sensors in just 60 days on the market.