HARDWARE DESIGNER Microsoft could be playing a cautious game with its developer community and trying to keep a tight lid on the design of its upcoming Xbox 720.
The Xbox 720 rumour mill is spinning so fast that we have concerns for its hamster. Microsoft isn't commenting, and most of what we don't really know so far is based on rumour and conjecture.
The latest whispered suggestion is that controllers for the Xbox 720 console are striped and not dissimilar in design to present ones.
The latter does not surprise us. If Microsoft did release a console controller that wanders away from the present conventions - it might cover it with pins for example - we would be surprised, but there is some mystery about the stripes.
Microsoft said in a statement that it "does not comment on rumour and speculation" when we asked.
Gaming website Kotaku says that four unrelated industry insiders have told it that the hardware and controller are covered with stripes. It is not able to compare the stripes, however, so we don't know if they are zebra, for example, or tiger stripes.
It speculates that the stripes are all different, so that Microsoft can tell who is responsible if anyone leaks an image of one to the media. This is speculation, of course, and Microsoft has already told us that it does not comment on that.
Kotaku also claims to have the scoop on the controller, and almost had us reeling with the news that it will be controller-like, but perhaps a little better. µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home