Phew; that's perhaps too big a leak! So, according to Video Gamer, the Next Xbox - or Xbox 720 or whatever the hellMicrosoft decide to call it - is set for an E3 2012 reveal. That's according to Crysis developers, Crytek, who're privy to the latest console plans from Microsoft and even have a potentially jaw-dropping launch title in the works from their UK studio, formerly known as Free Radical. Care to hazard a guess as to what it might be? Here's a tip; the clue's in the title!
So, according to their source, Video Gamer claim Microsoft will unveil the Next Xbox to the masses at E3, twelve months from now. It'll boast much-improved graphical power, with DirectX 11 support a key feature. In contrast, the Xbox 360 is currently limited to DirectX 9, so the Next Xbox is two steps ahead in terms of technology.
But where did Video Gamer get this scoop from? Straight from Crytek, apparently. No strangers to pushing graphical boundaries, Crytek have often been the go-to developer for showcasing the merits of new visual advances, and it appears Microsoft is banking on them as a key partner in marketing the Next Xbox's visual prowess.
And it appears Timesplitters 4 will be their first title on next-generation platforms. Apparently it's being demoed internally as we speak, demonstrating the huge visual leaps forward the team has made. Headed up by Crytek UK, who were once known as Free Radical Design before being plucked from oblivion by the Crytek overseers, they're the original creators of the Timesplitters brand, so we couldn't be happier to hear they're at the helm.
Obviously, with twelve months between us and E3, Microsoft will be tight-lipped right up until the event itself, barring any unfortunate leaks. We'll keep you posted. [Video Gamer]