Purported details surrounding Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox video game and home entertainment console emerged earlier this week when a 56-page document leaked onto the Web. The supposed internal document pointed to a $299 price point for Microsoft’s “Xbox 720,” and it also outlined specs for the unit, including Blu-ray support and true 1080p output, as well as a new Kinect 2 motion and voice-based controller. The authenticity of the leaked file was questionable, however Microsoft’s actions in the days that followed suggest that it is indeed the real deal.
Microsoft has reportedly sent take-down notices to a number of websites that were hosting the document. Covington & Burling, a law firm representing Microsoft, had the document pulled from file-hosting service Scribd on Monday, and notices have also been sent to other sites hosting the document, including popular cloud sync service Dropbox and Czech Republic-based tech blog Ihned.cz, which received the following note.
Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.
1. Identification of copyrighted works:
2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):
Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox console is expected to launch ahead of the holidays next year, and it will likely be unveiled at the E3 2013 conference according to multiple reports.