Microsoft’s next Xbox will be unveiled within a year, probably at next year’s E3 conference in June 2012, according to a report at VideoGamer.com.
Citing a source at game developer Crytek, the report said Microsoft’s gearing up to release its new console ahead of Sony’s next PlayStation. The timing would also put the new Xbox on the market at roughly the same time Nintendo releases its Wii U.
From the report:
“The Crysis 2 developer says that Microsoft will announce the existence of a new Xbox within the next 12 months, hinting that an E3 2012 reveal is likely. Crytek believes that Microsoft will announce and launch its new machine ahead of rival Sony, though the developer is also investing resources into next-generation PlayStation development.”
This follows a May report that said Microsoft had delivered an early version of the new console – a development box – to Electronic Arts.
Microsoft executives have said they intend to keep selling the Xbox 360 through 2015, and they characterized last year’s arrival of the Kinect as essentially a new platform launch, though that doesn’t rule out a new system being available before then.
Especially if Nintendo’s Wii U starts attracting the hardcore gamers who are responsible for much of the 360’s success.
A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment on “the rumors.”