Microsoft’s next Xbox console is already in the manufacturing stages, according to a report.
Sources have told IGN that assembly of the new system is under way in Texas at electronics company Flextronics, which builds the current Xbox 360.
The firm had allegedly created a testing group specifically focused on marketing software and hardware tests for the new console, and after it completed this, began work on manufacturing.
It is thought however that the new hardware could instead be development kits, rather than consoles ready for sale.
“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend its lifecycle like introducing the world to controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships,” read a statement from Microsoft on the matter.
“We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention. Beyond that we do not comment on rumours or speculation.”
Whilst yet to be officially unveiled, reports have suggested that the next Xbox may be set for a 2013 launch.
There has also been speculation that the console is working under the codename Durango, and was shown to studios such as Crytek at a developers conference in London in February.