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The new Xbox will be revealed on 21st May

by Mark Tyson on 25 April 2013, 09:47

Tags: Xbox

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Microsoft has named a date for its next generation Xbox unveiling. The new console will be unveiled at its Redmond, Washington campus on Tuesday, 21st May, which is less than a month away. We reported over a fortnight ago that 21st May would likely be the time of the launch event after Paul Thurrott, a well respected Microsoft focused tech journalist, named this date during a YouTube webcast. Microsoft has given the event a Twitter hashtag, #XboxReveal.

Event will be streamed live

As well as the press invites, an example of which you can see above, Microsoft’s Major Nelson posted a countdown timer and wrote the following: “On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox LIVE and Xbox.com.” The Major continued “On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games. We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.”

If there are no official images, videos or renders leaked out, then 21st May will be the first time we see the next generation Xbox. Which might be simply named, Xbox... Hopefully Microsoft will show us more than just the controller. However less than three weeks later we have the E3 show where we expect to see a lot more of both the next generation Xbox and the Sony PlayStation 4.

Looks aren’t everything

How the new Xbox will look, or what it will be named, isn’t a high priority for Xbox fans right now as more important usability questions have reared their heads. Just over a month ago we heard murmurings about the next Xbox requiring a constant internet connection to function. Also a Kinect will be required for it to function (but every system will include one) and all games will be required to be installed on the HDD. Doubts about the console’s backwards compatibility have also been raised.

Of all the unknowns and rumours the always on, always connected concept was worrying lots of fans. A couple of weeks after we found out about that “feature” it appeared to be confirmed by the then Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth, who told someone on Twitter “Sorry, I don't get the drama around having an 'always on' console... #dealwithit”. Mr Orth has subsequently resigned.



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6PM GMT? If so then at least I don't have to stay up late like the Sony reveal :mrgreen:

Will be interested to see how MS counter all of the negative talk about the next-box, they need to announce something amazing otherwise a large % of the market are simply going to say "meh"
Rob_B
Will be interested to see how MS counter all of the negative talk about the next-box, they need to announce something amazing otherwise a large % of the market are simply going to say "meh"
I'm not sure that's right.

People who watch these things are people like me, that is, people who've filtered out all the "negative" stuff simply because they're rumours. I do agree they need show good stuff (read: non-Kinect games) as it'll be people like me who'll be there on day-1 snapping this and/or PS4 up.
What! I've not received my invite yet! Looking forward to this, the only problem is it's 6 months before you can buy one!
What I'm looking for from the announcement, (and resulting hardware), is simple, merely:
  • No requirement for always powered on (power drain, and it's not practical in my setup anyway)
  • No requirement for always being online (some people - although not me - have on-demand connections or ones with restricted limits)
  • Some degree of backwards compatibility (don't fancy holding onto my "old" Xbox when/if the new one comes along)
  • More powerful hardware than the current generation (although that's a certainty surely)
davesom555
What! I've not received my invite yet! Looking forward to this, the only problem is it's 6 months before you can buy one!
Seriously, that is the "only problem"? Surely there's the small matter of cost. Some of the rumours (sorry Terbinator!) have said that US$500 is the target price, which is just over £300. Others have said that we'll get the usual treatment of US$1 = £1 in which case the "nextbox" is going to be £500, which isn't affordable.

Like Terbinator, I've not put much stock in rumours, and hence will be eager to see what the final box actually IS.
Well I for one will be buying one. That's for sure :D