Ahead of the eagerly awaited Xbox 720 release date, Microsoft has revealed it is to increase security measures at its Redmond based headquarters in a bid to stop further Xbox 720 leaks ruining the surprise of the PS4 rival’s launch.
Having previously adopted an open access policy, allowing any and all staff to roam the Settle HQ and its many buildings at will, latest reports courtesy of GeekWire have suggested Microsoft is to introduce physical security measures at four Xbox and Interactive Entertainment Business buildings, restricting access to just key personnel.
The latest move, which comes months after a selection of claimed Xbox 720 features and documents were leaked online, will see the PlayStation rival put more onus on keeping its Xbox 720 launch plans secret as it reportedly enters the final stages of development.
With an autumn 2013 Xbox 720 release date widely expected to follow an E3 2013 unveiling, the raft of upcoming launch rumours were further bolstered earlier this week when, speaking exclusively with Trusted Reviews, Stainless Games COO, Matt Edmunds, stated that “next year is probably the right time for the new consoles.”
Having alerted staff to the upcoming security measures, Microsoft has revealed that starting early next month, Microsoft Studio A will be closed to all but essential personnel, with Microsoft Studios B, C and D to follow suit later the same month.
Despite a flurry of Xbox 720 rumours having done the rounds, little is currently known about the Xbox 360 follow-on and Nintendo Wii U rival. Whilst it was previously reportedly that Microsoft would ditch the current physical, disk-based game format to focus solely on digital titles for its next-gen gamer, it is not believed this will be put into practice, with limited global internet access and widespread broadband speeds set to halt to radical redesign to future iterations.
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