The mighty ship Microsoft has sprung a leak. The “IEB Roadmap” document details Microsoft’s plan for the Xbox until 2015 and were briefly available to the public, originally through website Scribd. Microsoft’s lawyers, Covington & Birling LLP, were quickly sent in to sniff out and take down any remaining copies. All sites that were hosting the file have now received the take down notice, and have complied.
The IEB Roadmap builds an interesting picture of the Xbox Next, the name Microsoft will use for the next console. Putting the Next Xbox at the center of our entertainment needs Microsoft hopes to make the console more than just the king of big screen TV gaming. With a multitude of input devices, PVR functions, media serving and highly integrated network functions the X-Box Next is being billed as the one box to rule them all, in the living room.
The age of the document is being question at the moment, with it being up to 2 years old. It mentions the use of a PowerPC chip for backwards compatibility, something that has been removed from the specifications. This does also help to confirm that the Xbox Next will be using an X86 processor, likely supplied by AMD.