Ever since Sony’s attempt to wow gamers at their Playstation 4 event back in February, everyone has eagerly awaited Microsoft’s response. The press assumed the next-generation Xbox was to be detailed at E3 in June; however, the wait will be over weeks earlier than expected. Microsoft has confirmed the next-generation Xbox will be revealed on May 21.
Invites were sent to the media on Wednesday morning, which read, “A New Generation Revealed,” and included an invite from Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, to meet them at their head quarters in Redmond.
For those of us not lucky enough to attend in person, a live-stream will be available on xbox.com and Xbox Live. If you happen to live in the U.S or Canada, a stream will also be provided on Spike TV. The big reveal will take place at 10PM local time, which translates to 6PM GMT. You can check xbox.com for the times at your location.
Microsoft’s ‘Major Nelson’, director of programming for Xbox live, has posted the news to his blog, assuring us that we will see their “vision for the Xbox,” and “the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment.” If you’re left wondering what will be left for E3, we’re told; “at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.”
Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott leaked the announcement back on April 5, during a video blog called “What the Tech”, along with a few juicy details of what we can expect Microsoft to unveil. According to Thurrott, the next-generation Xbox is going to be expensive, at $500 for the regular version and $300 for a subscription subsidised model. He also gave credence to the controversial rumour that the console would require being, ‘always online.’ However, It’s worth noting that all these details remain unconfirmed.
Microsoft is the last to show its hand in the race to win the next-generation; however they can afford to wait, the Xbox 360 currently sits high above the competition, outselling the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3 for 2 years running. To complete the picture Microsoft will have to present a strong hand on may 21, one that’ll stay fresh in the minds of gamers worldwide, ready for an eventual release.
What would you would like to see Microsoft reveal? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below, you can also join the conversation on Twitter with, #xboxreveal.
- Xbox 720 event invite suggests first device reveal (slashgear.com)
- Next-Gen Xbox Rumored To Have $500 Standard Model, $300 Subscription Based Model. (nerdsynq.wordpress.com)
- Official: Next Generation of Xbox Reveal on May 21st (analogaddiction.org)