Microsoft to reveal future of Xbox on May 21
Get ready, game fans — the Xbox 720 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it) will be revealed on May 21 at 10 a.m. PDT (that’s high noon here in Arkansas). The event will be broadcast on Spike TV, Xbox Live and Xbox.com, according to an email Microsoft sent around today and a special page set up to get everyone all hot and bothered about the announcement. If you want to follow all the fun on Twitter via the easy-to-remember #XboxReveal hashtag (have a look — the comments over there are a hoot as is common with Twitter chatter). Heck, you can even stream it live to your Xbox 360 if you want.
Yes, we’re in the early stages of the next generation of game consoles. Nintendo released it’s Wii U on Nov. 18 in North America and Sony hosted a press conference about the upcoming Playstation 4 in February (see a recap of the media event here and Sony’s “teaser site” about the new console here).
As for the new Xbox, well we’ll just have to see what happens. There some confusion over what it will even be called — the folks over at Forbes.com have speculated at length that the new machine might just be called the Xbox (rather like the odd move Apple made with what was supposed to be the iPad 3) or append either 720, Durango or Infinity to the now familiar monicker. Now, calling the new machine just the Xbox would get a bit confusing, wouldn’t it? There was the Xbox that competed against the Playstation 2 and that would be different from the Xbox that’s going to compete against the PS4 and both are different from the Xbox 360 which competes against the PS3 and succeeded the Xbox but will be succeeded by the Xbox. See? Confusing.
We’ve got this article that lists a good number of rumors about what the new Xbox might be in hopes of coming up with some specifics about the upcoming console (spoiler alert — no definitive conclusions are reached, but you probably expected that). Some of the more controversial rumors surround the new console include one that suggests the Xbox will be online all the time and another stating that owners won’t be able to use used discs. The latter rumor suggests that being able to dump off horrible games or save a few bucks on used ones will be pointless as each game will be “tied” to the original purchaser through an activation code.
Whether the “no used games” rumor — or anything else — is true is all pretty much speculation at this point. We’ll learn more on May 21. Meanwhile, have fun with that #XBoxReveal hashtag on Twitter.
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