Much like I did with the PlayStation 4 rumors, I recently assembled a roundup of rumors regarding the next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console that seem to have some validity (imagined or otherwise) in an article for Digital Trends. From the potential price tag and specs to the still-unknown name for the system, I pulled together all of the predictions that could be proven true when Microsoft finally makes its big announcement.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
The Big Debut
At this point, everything points to an April unveiling for the next-generation Xbox, well ahead of June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo and all of the chaos that goes along with the massive annual convention. This would seem to support an earlier report by industry analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan, whose firm predicted an April (or later) debut for the console – though he left open the possibility of an E3 debut. Either way, it Microsoft plans to have a console out this year, it will need to unveil it before June. Developers working on games for the next Xbox aren’t likely to look to kindly at Microsoft if they can’t discuss what they are working on during the biggest gaming conference in the world, not to mention the potential hit to Microsoft’s stock if they don’t have anything to counter the growing excitement around Sony.
With the PS4 confirmed to hit shelves this holiday season, it’s a good bet that Microsoft will plan to put the next Xbox in direct competition with Sony later this year. In November of last year, a source told Bloomberg to expect a November 2013 release for the new system. That seems a very likely target for the company, as both the Xbox 360 and its predecessor were on shelves in November 2005 and November 2001, respectively.
You can read the rest of the article at DigitalTrends.com.