Is Microsoft already teasing us with a "next Xbox" countdown?

                             

Microsoft has been attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo video game-based trade show, better known as E3, since it started in the mid-1990s. This year's E3 will officially be held on June 11-13 in Los Angeles but typically Microsoft holds a pre-E3 press conference in LA the day before the trade show officially starts.

Today, the Major Nelson website, run by Microsoft's Larry Hryb, did something that it has never done before. It posted a countdown clock that will reach zero when E3 2013 begins. Hryb's only statement on the post was, "And it’s on…"

Already many commentators on the post are speculating that Hryb went ahead and posted the countdown clock so early as a tease that Microsoft has some extra-special planned for E3 2013. Unless all the Internet rumors and leaks prove to be bogus, it's likely that Microsoft could use E3 as the first place to show off the third generation Xbox game console.

Some rumors, including one report in one of the last print issues of Xbox World in November, claimed that the next Xbox would in fact be revealed well before E3 2013. However, we suspect that may not be correct as Microsoft still has a number of major Xbox 360 first and third party games that are due to be released before June, including Gears of War Judgement in March. We don't think Microsoft would risk revealing the next Xbox before all of those games ship to stores.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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With the "xbox" branding used in Windows 8 it might not be a bad shout to talk about a new xbox having Windows 8 integration. Pure speculation though

Time to start saving for the new console, i bet it they do announce it within 6 months it will hit the slelf... along with the next PS

I sure hope they do! 7 years is way to long for this type of hardware! even if MS was planning on releasing a new GOW, they could probably just shift development toward an xbox 720 release

People, i thinks you're getting wrong. My feel are that the Xbox "Durango" will have its own System powered by the Windows NT Kernel. Just like Windows Phone it's a different OS from Windows 8 but have the same kernel.

Two things:

1) I hope the rumors of the supposed AMD processors for next gen consoles do not falter and are not pushed back to 2014.

2) I hope MS does not go to the super cheap way and offer us at least a Radeon 8850 or 760GTX equivalent for gaming. So we can have at least hardware future proof for 5 years.

Jose_49 said,
So we can have at least hardware future proof for 5 years.

Please give me one peice of tech which in todays world would last 5 years?

Consoles seem to be the only thing which seems to maintain a life span of 3 years + these days... The current 360 seems to be holding its own veryh well in a number of areas for being 7 years old..

I wonder if Microsoft and Sony will just boost the specifications in their next consoles (which is really all that's needed), or will they try to go for gimmicks like Nintendo does....

Kinect control of WinRT apps on the Xbox? WinRT apps controlled using Xbox SmartGlass? Something like that.

No reason why Xbox vNext shouldn't run Windows RT, really. Just strip out the desktop. With the modular nature of NT, it shouldn't be difficult and this is definitely the direction they are heading with all their products.

rfirth said,
No reason why Xbox vNext shouldn't run Windows RT, really. Just strip out the desktop. With the modular nature of NT, it shouldn't be difficult and this is definitely the direction they are heading with all their products.

What I would really like the next Xbox to be us basically just a Microsoft-branded PC that's intended to be used as a media center. Game compatibility with Windows 8 would really be unification. But... I doubt that will happen.

Though with Valve trying to bring more developers to Linux, you never know. Microsoft will have to try and hold their grip on the Windows monopoly in PC gaming.

Edited by Chugworth, Jan 2 2013, 9:07pm :

I really want to see a Windows 8 powered Xbox. But I don't think that will happen. Microsoft would need to strip out all of the legacy components that still haunt even Windows RT.

I am no expert, but wouldn't keeping the desktop and compatibility with older devices be a reason for Windows RT not being able to shake off legacy components? This would not be an issue for XBOX, considering that peripheral compatibility and even software compatibility with previous generations of XBOX games is limited and in a "controlled environment." That's all that a stripped down Windows 8 would require for legacy purposes - and would technically be new to the Windows ecosystem anyways.

Plus, rumour has it that the next XBOX will be indeed based off of a stripped-down Windows 8 for coding simplicity across all of MS's products (Windows 8, RT, Phone).

DClark said,
I am no expert, but wouldn't keeping the desktop and compatibility with older devices be a reason for Windows RT not being able to shake off legacy components? This would not be an issue for XBOX, considering that peripheral compatibility and even software compatibility with previous generations of XBOX games is limited and in a "controlled environment." That's all that a stripped down Windows 8 would require for legacy purposes - and would technically be new to the Windows ecosystem anyways.

Plus, rumour has it that the next XBOX will be indeed based off of a stripped-down Windows 8 for coding simplicity across all of MS's products (Windows 8, RT, Phone).

Exactly. the legacy components in Windows RT / Windows 8 are benefits, not limitations... XBox has no reason to need any of this, and as the kernel has been made increasingly modular, XBox shouldn't have any problem using it, nor should much of anything need to be "stripped" from it...

They don't really need to strip out anything, Windows 8 already run on the new mini kernel, all they need to do is to just not add on all the Windows stuff and build the dashboard on top of the kernel. Which is kind of what they've always done.

MrHumpty said,
I'm curious, what legacy components are haunting Windows RT?

The underlying desktop. Since Microsoft doesn't want anything running on it, they should just strip it out of there, and virtualize Office, or port it over to the RT API.

theyarecomingforyou said,
E3 would be the obvious event to announce the successor to the X360, so it's perfectly plausible.

I can imagine the features possible for it, even though I don't think they'll all happen...
DVR through any video input.
Instant streaming from any device that has the Xbox Smartglass.
Able to watch from any popular streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Youtube, etc.
Windows 8 device screen mirroring.
Full Skydrive support.
Skype support.
And of course next gen gaming.

I know it has some of these features already but just the whole idea of it becoming the ultimate media and gaming device... The next Xbox may well replace our Apple TV!