Big surprise, Microsoft has finally admitted that they are indeed working on a new Xbox. The reveal date has been set for May 21, which allegedly was leaked earlier this month on the web as well.
The confirmation comes from Polygon who is one of the first to receive a press invitation from the software giant. The invitation is entitled “A New Generation Revealed” and will take place on Microsoft’s Redmond campus at 10:00 AM PDT.
Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, will be on hand with the Xbox team on the “Xbox campus for a special unveiling.”
With a month to go, this is the time we pack up the rumors into a neat basket.
- The aspect of an ‘always-online’ feature probably be what consumers will be looking forward to the most. Was it all a hoax on Orth’s part, or is Microsoft really gunning to have their new console require an Internet connection to function right?
- Durango is just a codename and the new console will probably be named something different. Previous rumors dubbed the new hardware simply as ‘Xbox’, while on the other hand several domains registered under Microsoft were uncovered that tease names like ‘Xbox Infinity’, ‘Xbox 8’ and ‘Kryptos’. I doubt they’ll call it the Xbox 720.
- In a January investors report on behalf of Baird Equity Research, analyst Colin Sebastian stated that both Microsoft’s and Sony’s consoles would be priced in the range of $350 – $400.
- The new and improved Kinect 2.0 will run rings around everyone, if rumors are to be believed. A previous leak suggested the new motion capture device to feature an upgraded 1080p camera, have a larger field of view, improve low-light object detection, and use USB 3.0, which will reduce latency.
- Hardware specifications wise, the new Xbox may be a bit weaker in comparison to the PlayStation 4.
- The new controller will look exactly the same as that of the current one, with improvement made only to the D-pad and that too can only be noticed “when actually using it.”
- Xbox TV might happen and if so will compete with Apple TV. Its cost is estimated to be around $100.
- Unlike the PlayStation 4, the new Xbox will ship with a Xbox 360 (System on chip); giving it backwards-compatibility. This will be a surprising feature if confirmed.
- A day-one launch lineup of games will most probably include the following:
- A new Call of Duty
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Dance Central 4
- Kinect Sports Season Three
- Ridge Racer 8
- Watch Dogs