Xbox 2 To Be Smaller And SleekerMicrosoft has previously insisted that it will beat Sonys next console out the door with Xbox 2, 2005 seen as the likeliest year of release. However, according to Maruyama-san Xbox 2 "wont be [out] next year". But his suggestion of 2006 for Japan release is in line with expectations. Talking further about Xbox 2, Maruyama-san confirmed that Microsoft fully intends to address the size issue of the original console: "We promise that well make the new console smaller," he stated on the record. Backs can already be heard sighing with relief.