Discussing the recently launched Outlook email service during a radio interview, Microsoft's Brian Hall let slip that the new Xbox would support the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
"We've had Hotmail and operated Hotmail for about 16 years, we obviously have Exchange, and Outlook, that people use at work," explained Hall.
"We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those, put them together, and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we could have coming out. With Windows 8, with the new version of Office, with the New Windows phone and the new Xbox."
Windows 8 will launch worldwide on October 26, and will be optimised for traditional computing equipment and new touchscreen devices, via its Metro user interface.
The new Xbox, meanwhile, is yet to be officially announced by the company, although a series of leaked documents appear to have revealed its features.
It is claimed that the Xbox 720 will feature Kinect 2.0, 3D technology and the long-rumoured Xbox TV.
Watch a trailer for Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface tablet below: