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Microsoft hints at new Xbox launch within the next 18 months

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Microsoft hints at a new Xbox within the next 18 months as evidence mounts for a 2013 release.

Halo 4 Xbox 360
Halo 4 Xbox 360

At this point in time, it's a pretty sure bet that Microsoft won't be introducing any new Xbox hardware this year. After unveiling some software improvements at E3, the company is widely expected to launch a new dashboard update in October. However, Microsoft's next Xbox may arrive within the next 18 months, according to a recent job posting. "Over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox," reads the job posting.

Microsoft hasn't officially announced that it's planning a new Xbox console, but the company was forced to issue a clarification this week after a Microsoft manager suggested that a "new Xbox" was part of a new wave of product updates arriving soon. Instead, Microsoft says the manager was referring to the upcoming dashboard update. A recent "Xbox 720" document leak revealed some old plans for a $299 console with Kinect 2 and a lot of references to a next-generation Xbox in 2013.

We reached out to Microsoft for comment and a spokesperson says the company is "continually thinking about the future of the platform and when we have something to share, we will."

Update: Microsoft has removed the job posting.