Well, Nintendo has already released the Wii U, and Sony has revealed some tidbits about its upcoming PlayStation 4, leaving Microsoft playing catch-up. And now they have revealed that the big announcement regarding their new console will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 1:00 pm EST at the Xbox Campus in Redmond, WA.
The presentation of the Xbox 720/NextBox/whatever-they’re-planning-to-call-it will be broadcast live over Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and on Spike TV in the US and Canada. So if you’re inclined to tune in, you’ve got a few options. (Hopefully it won’t be nearly as ponderously long as the Sony one!)
Details on what to expect aren’t particularly forthcoming, but I understand that the Kinect peripheral is still a part of things. (Which is cool with me, because I kind of like it.) We’ll also finally get an answer to the question of whether or not the new Xbox will require a constant online connection or if it will refuse to play used games. (Probably not, unless Microsoft wants to tank harder than Ishtar.) I would also expect to see some really pretty graphics, probably on some kind of new Halo game, as well as an insistence on using your new Xbox as a whole home entertainment system instead of just playing games. (Hopefully they continue to remember that the games have to come first… the other stuff is just gravy.)
We’ll all find out the truth in just under a month, and then a couple weeks after that, Microsoft is promising to reveal even more at E3, including a full lineup of games. Can’t wait to see how they try to top the other two!