Update: EA Calls Reports Of New Xbox Hardware "100 Percent Not True"
In response to the Develop story that claims EA is in possession of new Xbox hardware, the publisher didn't mince words. "This story is a total fabrication – 100 percent not true," said EA vice president of communications Jeff Brown.
A Develop Magazine source says Electronic Arts is already working with the next Xbox console, and speculates that Microsoft could steal Nintendo's next-gen console thunder with a surprise announcement at E3.
The source claims that EA has had the new hardware for over a month, and that it's a crude build that's being stored in a PC shell. The speed that Microsoft got this console up and running is rather shocking considering that the company just started hiring new engineers for the project this past March.
While the report is light on hardware specification details, it does say the system will have enhanced support for Kinect. The source believes Microsoft plans to launch the console by the end of next year.
Develop reached out Microsoft and EA, but both declined to comment.