Photos of the development kit for Microsoft’s next Xbox have surfaced.

The images were posted on the AssemblerGames Forums by user DaE, who offered the kit up for sale for $10,000 as a prank.

Eurogamer managed to contact DaE – who claimed to be on an absinthe binge at the time – and also spoke to “multiple developers working on next-gen projects” to confirm the legitimacy of the pictures.

The shots depict a dashboard similar to that of the current Xbox 360 test kit launcher, and appear to feature a programs called "D3D11Game1" and "NuiView", the latter of which is related to Kinect functionality.

The dashboard features the name “Durango”, the long-rumoured codename for the next Xbox.

According to DaE, the dev kits were dispatched to studios in February and feature Intel CPUs, an NVIDIA brand graphics card, 8GB of memory, and 64-bit architecture.

It’s worth noting that dev kits often have double the RAM of their console brethren in order to accommodate debug tools.

It's also worth noting that and also none of these specs are anything close to verified.

"We do not comment on rumours or speculation," a Microsoft representative told Gameplanet this morning.