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Xbox Leak: Microsoft Blamed by FTC for Devastatingly Embarrassing Breach

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused Microsoft of being responsible for a massive leak that has exposed sensitive information about unannounced hardware and games for the Xbox. Leaked emails have unveiled previously unknown details about the secretive video game industry, shedding light on behind-the-scenes deals that shape Microsoft's first-party machine. This leak is being considered one of the most damaging in Xbox history, as it reveals Microsoft's plans for a mid-generation Xbox refresh in 2024, a next-generation hybrid Xbox in 2028, and Bethesda's release schedule. One leaked email even indicates Phil Spencer's desire to acquire Nintendo. Additionally, information about a potential one-hand Xbox controller and a next-gen version of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2 has been revealed.

The leaks came to light as attachments to a court document in the ongoing FTC lawsuit against Microsoft over the company's acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $69 billion. Initially, the PDF document appeared heavily redacted, but when opened with Adobe Reader, several attachments were discovered that contained Xbox's gaming plans and confidential emails between executives.

The FTC, in a tweet, denied any responsibility for the leak and accused Microsoft of causing the problem themselves. Douglas Farrar, director of the FTC's office of public affairs, stated, “Microsoft was responsible for the error in uploading these documents to the court.” Microsoft has not yet responded to IGN's request for comment. The District Court has since removed the leaked documents from its directory, most likely at the request of Microsoft.

This leak is a significant embarrassment for Microsoft and could potentially damage their marketing plans and business relationships. It underscores the importance of proper handling and security of sensitive information in the gaming industry.

– Source: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
– Source: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

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