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Microsoft comments on "leaked" Xbox 720 strategy document

"We are continually thinking about the future of the platform."

Many of you might have read about a purported internal Microsoft strategy document that apparently "leaked" earlier this week, outlining its plans for the next Xbox system.

The 56-page-long screed, dated August 2010, presciently mentioned Xbox SmartGlass, as well as Blu-ray support, 3D glasses, a focus on cloud-based gaming and a newly-improved Kinect system.

Some news outlets ran the story, while others cried "fake!" claiming it didn't fit with Microsoft's traditional internal communications style and that some of the technical details within were borderline preposterous.

Head on over to The Verge's report and you can attempt to make your own mind up.

We held back and reached out to Microsoft for comment on the document's veracity a few days ago. Finally, a response has come through. A spokesperson for the platform holder wouldn't confirm or deny whether the document is legitimate but did offer us the following statement:

"We understand there is great interest and anticipation for what comes next for Xbox and we are lucky to have customers who are so passionate about the platform.

"Today, there has never been a better time to own an Xbox 360 console. We have found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and we've re-invented the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships.

"We are continually thinking about the future of the platform and when we have something to share, we will."

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