Much has been rumored about the next Microsoft console, including the console being always online and murmurings of announcement dates being changed or pushed back. But today, we have finally been given a time and date for the reveal of the next generation console that will contest the already impressive-looking Sony PlayStation 4.
Since the announcement of the PlayStation 4, Microsoft have been very quiet and extremely secretive. Even when there were rumors about the specs and the possibility of an always online nature to the next Xbox, the manufacturer chose to keep its silence. On Lawrence Hryb’s (or Major Nelson as he is commonly referred to) personal website, a countdown was released along with a short statement. In the statement, it is stated that there will be the “new generation of games, TV and entertainment.” This suggests that Microsoft will in fact be broadening their horizons to more than specifically gaming needs. Here is the statement in its entirety:
“On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.
On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19 days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.
We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.”
The page also says that Major Nelson’s Twitter feed will provide updates leading up to the event. Hopefully we will learn more information as the date draws near.
Along with the statement, a website was launched for people who have been invited to the event. The website asks for e-mails of the recipient to confirm their attendance. The website has just the name Xbox and the details underneath, giving no other hints as to what we may be treated to on May 21st.
What are your thoughts? Are you excited for the next Xbox reveal?