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More Next-Gen Xbox Rumours: May Reveal, November Release

Jonathan Lester
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More Next-Gen Xbox Rumours: May Reveal, November Release

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To fill the void left by Microsoft's deafening next-gen silence, we've got some more rumours to discuss regarding the Xbox 360's successor. Prolific tech blogger Paul Thurrott posits that Microsoft are set to finally announce concrete details next month, and plan to release in time for Christmas.

Details below. Great big pinch of salt at the ready, lads and lasses.

Hosting the latest What The Tech Podcast [transcription courtesy of the fine folks at NeoGAF], Thurrott suggests that we'll have more than a month to wait for the official reveal, flying in the face of a rumoured April 24th press conference, and that the next Xbox will be ready to make Christmas bank.

"Originally, [Microsoft] were going to announce this thing in April 24, now they’re going to announce it May 21. We know there are events occurring this year where we’re going to learn more about Durango.”

"Early November, yeah," Thurrott continued when discussing the potential release date. "E3 is going to occur. BUILD is going to occur in San Francisco in June when they’re going to talk about the developer story because it’s a Windows 8 device. It’s going to have the same, or basically the same, developer tools and developer APIs and all that kind of stuff."

Thurrott also claims that a cut-price SKU, codenamed Yumo, was cancelled, and that Microsoft's major rivals won't actually be Sony and Nintendo.

“The problem Microsoft has has nothing to do with Sony or Nintendo anymore, it’s Roku and AppleTV. The market for hardcore video games, the market of people will always buy the next Gears of War game, the next Halo game, the next Call of Duty game, it’s fairly finite. It’s a decent market, yada yada yada, it’s not the market for tablets, it’s not the market for smartphones.”

There are a few more tidbits on offer, such as an estimated "expensive" $300-$500 price tag and a plea for gamers to stop "freaking out" about the numerous rumours surrounding the as-yet mysterious device. However, since Microsoft are still not willing to discuss even the most basic of details, these rumours are all we have to go on... and they're currently hurting the Xbox brand significantly.

So, May 21st. Let's see what happens - if anything.

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DivideByZero  Apr. 8, 2013 at 16:29

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Reading between the lines, no one gives a f*** anymore.

BetterThanLife  Apr. 8, 2013 at 16:47

**** that noise. My nan was taking to her mate Alf down at bingo who said he knew the mum of a chap who works at a place that deals with the post for a radio station in the same building as a printer who has lunch with a guy who used to work for a woman who once sneezed on Steve Ballmer.

And she said that the new Xbox will be a bottle of gin and some tissues for the tears.

And it'll release next month. Incidentally, you won't be able to open the gin unless you're connected to the internet.

I hope Sony hijack M$'s show.

DrTrouserPlank  Apr. 8, 2013 at 17:04

If these rumours turn out to be true then one has to say that MS have both massively miscalculated the design of their console and have been wrong-footed by Sony.

If (and it's a big if) Sony release at a sensible price (£300.. which I don't think is that likely) then they can completely sink this nextbox before it even gains traction.

With the way console gaming is increasingly controlled and being sold as a service rather than something that you own indefinitely, along with micro-transactions, subscriptions etc, I don't think I'm that interested. All I want to do is play console exclusive games. I've got a PC that does everything else and is a lot easier to use. If the stream of console exclusives dries up, I'll stick to my PC which is two generations ahead of the consoles anyway.

JonLester  Apr. 8, 2013 at 17:11

@/0: Perhaps. Which isn't ideal either. Anger and apathy are both worst case scenarios when you're about to reveal your next-gen console!

@DrTrouserPlank: In the absence of any official denial, these rumours certainly have the ring of truth, making your suggestion about being 'wrong footed' by a cannier rival sound very plausible indeed. After all, why not just issue a simple statement? As we keep saying until we're blue in the face, MS have to nut up and give us something concrete rather than letting uncertainty and cynicism run rampant!

Last edited by JonLester, Apr. 8, 2013 at 17:15
Korma  Apr. 8, 2013 at 17:31

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Reading between the lines, no one gives a f*** anymore.

Sorry, I'm busy on my £350 PC playing Bioshock, XCOM, Bioshock Infinite and Mafia II that I got for £10 less what it would cost to buy the full skins pack for Gears of War. I am using a 360 controller though, so as long as they keep making those they'll have something to fall back on ;)

Last edited by Korma, Apr. 8, 2013 at 17:33

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