Fans who expect Microsoft to announce its next-generation Xbox console at next year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) might be a little disappointed. A number of sources claim that the company and its industry partners are working towards a 2013 release of a next generation console that will be the successor of the Xbox 360.
According to reports, middleware firms to processor chip manufacturers have been working closely with Microsoft to build a new gaming console that is expected to be unveiled at E3 2013, which might mean that it could be launched before the 2013 holiday season. Instead of an early 2014 release, the data points to a late 2013 Xbox launch.
Tech website Develop has reported that developers are already making games for a new console dubbed as the Xbox Next. The report said that an early 2014 release still remains a possibility.
The site reported that Lionhead is currently working on a project called “Fable Next,” which will be released on the new gaming console. Also, Epic Games’ new Unreal Engine would be available earlier than expected. Rumors also insist that Electronic Arts (EA) studio already has an early console technology in their hands, but the company denied the claim.
A source also told Develop that multiple studios have begun developing games for the Sony PlayStation 4. There was still no indication whether Sony will release the next-generation PlayStation sooner than 2014.
In a previous report, Microsoft stated that the Kinect is what they consider as the Xbox 720, so it is possible that they will make the most out of the software a bit longer.