Early in the day yesterday, news started spreading around the Web that a supposed designer working with Microsoft was assigned the project of the next Xbox. This designer, [NAME REDACTED ON 5/19/11], physically posted the news on his personal portfolio; the description in the post targeted the release of the next Xbox for 2015.
For a quick refresher, here’s exactly what Peterson had listed on his portfolio:
Confidential / Collaboration with Microsoft’s IEB design group investigating future user experiences and hardware for 2015. *Work samples only permissible in person.* (March 2011)
[NAME REDACTED ON 5/19/11] spoke with Eurogamer about the listing on his site, “I’m a student designer, it’s not real.” And it’s as simple as that. The posting was woefully inaccurate, potentially an outright lie and the source for a nice, discussion starting rumor.
[NAME REDACTED ON 5/19/11] has already pulled the information and fake portfolio entry off of his site.
Before you run off expecting Microsoft to deliver a new Xbox sooner than 2015, I feel I need to remind you that the console’s expected lifespan is still 10 years. Where is this coming from? During E3 in 2009, Microsoft specifically said that they expect their console to last through 2015. Here’s what Microsoft Executive Shane Kim said back then:
“We firmly believe that the Xbox 360 has a life cycle through 2015 (10 years after the launch).”
Until that impression changes, fake student designers or not, don’t expect to hear word out of Microsoft concerning a new console any time soon. You’ll be seeing a whole lot more from the Kinect before MS turns to showing off new hardware.
UPDATE 5/19/11: At the request of the original artist, we have removed his name and the images.