More info points to May 21st next Xbox reveal

We've been hearing a lot of chatter about the next Xbox as of late, specifically surrounding when Microsoft will reveal the console to the public for the first time. Windows expert Paul Thurrott revealed a few weeks ago that the launch event was postponed by a month, from around April 26th to May, before sharing more recently that the new expected date is May 21st, while also speculating the console could cost as much as $500 at launch.

Now The Verge has come out to provide more information about the launch, naturally from unnamed sources. First of all they have heard, separate from Paul Thurrott, that the tentative reveal date of May 21st is accurate; also, the event will apparently be held at a "small venue" and will focus on the very first details of the next-generation console, as well as the plans for Xbox in 2013.

The small event will be a precursor to a full reveal at E3 in early June, which will hopefully bring the wraps fully off the heavily rumored console, including what launch titles we'll be expecting. The Verge also reports that Microsoft has reminded employees to keep all next Xbox discussion confidential, following comments made by Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth that forced Microsoft to issue an apology.

Microsoft has also been the center of a storm relating to rumors of the next Xbox requiring an always-online internet connection while playing games. The company has, understandably, not commented properly on whether the next Xbox will require a persistent internet connection, however we expect these details will be revealed at the aforementioned May event.

Source: The Verge

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They have to announce something before E3 as i think Sony will be there in full force with pricing, release dates etc. Microsoft need to attract some attention because at the moment Sony is looking clear favourite at the moment.

I expect spec wise both consoles to be very similar. It will be interesting to see what else Microsoft do to make it stand out. Kinect 2 won't cut it.

Lingwo said,
They have to announce something before E3 as i think Sony will be there in full force with pricing, release dates etc. Microsoft need to attract some attention because at the moment Sony is looking clear favourite at the moment.

I expect spec wise both consoles to be very similar. It will be interesting to see what else Microsoft do to make it stand out. Kinect 2 won't cut it.

I'm fully expecting a promo a few days, maybe a week, before E3 then a lavish session at E3

I think they're waiting too long to debunk the bad press rumors that have been coming up as of late. They don't need a true reveal, but they could at least officially confirm or deny the hot-button issues.

Sadly, in my mind, the fact that they HAVEN'T debunked them means they're real. And a delay on the first planned reveal doesn't bode well.

no, microsoft just doesn't comment on rumors, especially on products they haven't announced YET. the media is just trying to force its hand in revealing the console sooner than they want to.

They do comment actually, they apologised days ago for their employee's remarks. Also they often deny things publicly. Companies usually deny publicly things as serious as the always-on issue other millions of people will think that it is true and won't buy the console. They may never be exposed to info saying it isn't true as they might not go on gaming websites. This is why companies deny serious issues like this, nipping it in the bud quickly is the best thing.

they commented based on his rude remarks, but they didn't address the next xbox directly...because, according to them, it still doesn't exist. doing so would defeat whatever reveal plans ms has.

torrentthief said,
They do comment actually, they apologised days ago for their employee's remarks. Also they often deny things publicly. Companies usually deny publicly things as serious as the always-on issue other millions of people will think that it is true and won't buy the console. They may never be exposed to info saying it isn't true as they might not go on gaming websites. This is why companies deny serious issues like this, nipping it in the bud quickly is the best thing.

nope you're wrong.