Microsoft to reveal Xbox 720 next year

Posted on Jun 28 2011 - 11:19am by Thomas Sharp

Microsoft will be unveiling their next-generation gaming console at E3 next year, sources say.

According to the website BGR, “A source with knowledge of Microsoft’s plans within the company’s Entertainment and Devices Division has confirmed with BGR that Microsoft intends to unveil its next-generation Xbox console at E3 2012 next summer. The source is not aware of Microsoft’s launch plans for the new Xbox, which we are told has been in development since 2006. Microsoft has sold nearly 54.4 million Xbox 360 units since the console’s introduction in November 2005. The video game system is currently the ninth most popular gaming console of all time behind Nintendo’s original NES and just ahead of Sony’s PlayStation 3, which has sold 51 million units to date.”

This backs up the rumor of Microsoft revealing a new Xbox in E3 2012. There was also a rumor that Crytek is already developing TimeSplitters 4 for the new console. This rumor was dismissed, saying that the company doesn’t have the development hardware for the new console.

Chris Lewis, Xbox’s EMEA vice president, stated recently that the Xbox 360 is about halfway through its life cycle.

Sony, on the other hand, was reported to reveal the next-generation PlayStation 4 within 18 months, which dispels Sony’s claim that the PlayStation 3 will have a 10-year life span.

Is the world ready for next-generation gaming consoles or do you think there is still plenty of life in the current range?

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