Microsoft Finally Admits There Will Be A Next Xbox

After dodging many, many questions about the Xbox 360's successor, Microsoft has finally confirmed what we've all known for years: there will be another Xbox.

Windows Live general manager Brian Hall mentioned the new console to The Verge in a podcast last week.

"We did this- we've had Hotmail for- and operated Hotmail for about 16 years. We obviously have Exchange, and Outlook that people use at work," Hall said. "We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those- put them together and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office, with the new Windows Phone and the new Xbox."

We've heard quite a bit about Microsoft's next console, which is code-named Durango. Kotaku's sources have told us that it will ship with an integrated Kinect sensor, a Blu-Ray drive, and some sort of anti-used game technology.

Earlier this year, Microsoft tried to get multiple outlets to take down a 56-page document that purportedly outlined some of its plans for the future, including sketches and details for the Xbox 360's successor.

The Vergecast 041 - August 2, 2012 [The Verge via IGN]