Microsoft representative denies new Xbox 360 in '09

2009-redesign Despite rumor upon rumor of a slimmed down Xbox 360 appearing some time next year, Microsoft has now come out and said the following, according to Ubergizmo

“While we don’t normally comment on rumours like this, we can tell you that we have no plans to release a new console in 2009.”

The rumors surfaced out of Taiwan that Microsoft will be releasing a console called the Xbox 540 (360 plus one-half turn of 180 degrees) in fall of next year. That seems like a pretty stupid name, so these rumors might actually be false after all. Why not just call it the Xbox 720 or the New Xbox or Crystal Xbox or the XXbox 360X+5?