This generation has given us at least one certainty, and that is Microsoft’s success in the console market will breed a third iteration of the Xbox console. Accoring to sources at IGN, production of the next generation hardware has already begun. An Austin Texas based branch of Flextronics is rumored to be producing the console, in what could be units sent to developers known as “dev-kits”. Flextronics was the same company that assembled the Xbox 360, as well as the manufacturer of the original Xbox.
It’s a sure sign of the inevitable, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll see the next generation Xbox anytime soon. Microsoft has adamantly denied any reveal in 2012 of the next generation hardware, but the rumor mill has seen system specifications that point to an ultra high-end, low priced console that will arrive in 2013-14.
IGN’s source intel has not been confirmed nor denied by Flextronics, but it’s probably safe to assume even if the finer details aren’t correct, they’ve got to be in the ballpark if the timelines are correct for next-gen.