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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.