Microsoft acquires rights to Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org
| by Shunal Doke |
Rumours of the next iteration of the Xbox are running wild with news of Microsoft receiving rights for www.xbox8.us and www.xbox8.org yesterday. The URLs simply lead to the page that was set up before Microsoft received the rights. Speculation began when Fusible reported that Microsoft received the rights for the domains from a Chinese cybersquatter through the National Arbritation Forum which handles International domain disputes. Microsoft has also received rights to the URLs XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, XboxLiveTV.com, and XboxCompanion.com. Interestingly, Microsoft has yet to go after the guy who owns Xbox8.com.
Microsoft has been mostly quiet on the topic of the URLs. When asked by Kotaku, a spokesperson replied "Microsoft often acquires various domain names as part of its ongoing business strategy, but beyond that we have no comment."
The next Xbox? (Mock Image)
Speculation about the next generation of consoles is running wild owing to the amount of time this generation has lasted; this has been the longest console cycle ever, lasting seven years so far. Microsoft has stated with the release of the Xbox 360 S that they believe that the Xbox 360 is still in the middle of its life-cycle and expect it to last into at least 2015. On the other end, Sony has yet to divulge any information about its next console, which would compete with the rumored Xbox 8 and the Nintendo Wii U, which is the only console that has been announced for the next generation.
Microsoft must be enjoying the free publicity they’re getting thanks to the rumour mills, for a console that hasn’t even been announced yet.
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