E3 2012: Microsoft wants public attention on the Xbox 360 'SmartGlass' update ©AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

(Relaxnews) – A Microsoft job posting has given yet further creedence to the expectancy that a new Xbox will arrive by the end of 2013, specifying an eighteen month timeframe for various products including another Xbox branded console.

“Over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox” read the advertisment, since removed from the Microsoft website’s careers section.

Earlier in the week, attention was drawn to an interview with a general manager at the company, who said that “the new Xbox” was part of a new product line-up including Windows 8, Office, and Windows Phone.

Microsoft then clarified his statement, saying that the reference was to a fall update for the current Xbox.

Despite the lack of official acknowledgement, a codename for the next Xbox has long been identified as “Durango,” and an announcment (if not retail launch) is still expected in 2013.

Still, with the important and lucrative holiday season approaching, Microsoft cannot afford to divert attention from its current Xbox 360, Kinect motion sensor, and suite of movie and music apps until the new year.

Nintendo launches its Wii U later in 2012, date and price to be determined, while a PlayStation 4 announcement from Sony is anticipated during 2013.

For a helpfully preserved screenshot of the job ad, please see thesixthaxis.com/2012/08/09/microsoft-new-xbox-in-next-18-months/