The news Xbox fans have been anxiously waiting for is coming soon. Microsoft is finally ready to announce details about the next Xbox. The bad news is players will have to wait just a little longer for the reveal — almost a month to be exact. While most people already knew the reveal would take place on May 21, Microsoft decided now was the time to make the official announcement. With this announcement, speculation is now running more wild than ever before.
* Microsoft made its announcement via an email invitation. The reveal will take place on May 21 at 10 a.m. in Redmond, Wash.
* Fans are invited to join in by watching the reveal live on their Xbox or on Spike TV.
* Since the Xbox 360 was so successful, Microsoft decided to wait for their competitors to show off its new systems first. Perhaps Microsoft wanted to see exactly what consumers were hungry for in a new console before releasing its own.
*CNet suspects Microsoft will focus the big reveal on tech specs and what the next Xbox will offer beyond gaming. Since E3 occurs shortly after reveal, any news of major game titles will likely be announced at E3 instead of on May 21.
*One rumor fans aren’t necessarily excited about is the possibility the new Xbox will require an always-on Internet connection. With so many players with limited or no Internet access, the shift could alienate many current fans.
* Another rumor currently circulating is a ban on used games, at least for the Xbox. Considering the popularity of used games in stores such as GameStop, this could be a major mistake for any console.
* If Sony’s PS4 reveal was any indication, fans might learn little to nothing about the Xbox until closer to the actual release date.
* Since Sony’s PS4 release date is set for the 2013 holiday season, Microsoft is likely to do the same.
* According to TechRadar, many of the technical specifications could be similar or even identical to the PS4. Developers would likely welcome some similarities to make cross platform development much easier.
* For fans of Kinect, a second version could be on the way along with the new Xbox.
* Don’t worry if you love the current controller. The Xbox 360 controller is far too popular to be changed too much, if at all.
* Currently, the next-gen Xbox has no name. Many are calling it Xbox 720, though Microsoft has codenamed the console Durango.
To keep up with all the latest details, be sure to watch the reveal and search for #XboxReveal on Twitter.