New Xbox console expected at end of 2013, sources say

The Xbox 360 enjoyed some impressive sales figures during the all-important Black Friday week, with 750,000 consoles flying off shelves, along with a 50% increase in the number of Xbox LIVE subscriptions sold, compared with the same period last year. The continuing success of the console is all the more notable when you consider that it's no spring chicken, but whispers of its replacement - often dubbed the 'Xbox 720' - have been circulating for some time now.

Bloomberg is the latest to serve up a dish of hearsay, having spoken with "people familiar with the company's plans" for the next-generation console. According to their sources, Microsoft's roadmap sees the new Xbox scheduled for launch ahead of next year's holiday season. Frankly, that's not too much of a surprise, and certainly lines up with what we've been hearing, but it's always good to hear this stuff coming from more sources.

Given how well the Xbox 360 has been performing in sales - outselling its Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii rivals almost every month for the last two years, and even outselling the brand new Wii U over the last week - it's hard to imagine the new Xbox being anything other than a massive success when it launches next year.

Microsoft's Xbox plans extend beyond just a new console, of course; the company is also expected to begin selling its new non-gaming 'Xbox TV' set-top box, designed around Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment offerings, at the same time.

Both the new Xbox console and Xbox TV are expected to make their first appearance in the middle of next year; some reports suggest that they may debut at E3 in June, but Bloomberg says that Microsoft is still deciding whether or not to hold its own standalone event to announce the two new devices.

And don't forget, if all that wasn't enough, there's also the Xbox Surface 7-inch gaming tablet to look forward to!

Source: Bloomberg | via The Verge

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if they are planning on delivering a small box that puts the xbox UI and entertainment experience on the TV without games then they might as well have OEMs build that DIRECTLY INTO TV'S. people don't want an extra box to connect to their tv!

jasonon said,
if they are planning on delivering a small box that puts the xbox UI and entertainment experience on the TV without games then they might as well have OEMs build that DIRECTLY INTO TV'S. people don't want an extra box to connect to their tv!

People also don't want their tv becoming obsolete quickly.

About when I was expecting it to come out. Looking forward to it. Should be awesome.
I probably won't buy too many more games till then, just got Halo 4 lately and finished it, was incredible, and I'll probably get NFS Most Wanted cuz the demo was amazing, such detail, and I will probably buy Black-ops 2.

The new XBOX better be able to play 360 games. And hope they dont screw with the controller much. They need to improve the setup with Windows Media player tho. Slow as hell and half the time the connection to the PC doesnt work....well, that is if you are on wireless.

techbeck said,
The new XBOX better be able to play 360 games. And hope they dont screw with the controller much. They need to improve the setup with Windows Media player tho. Slow as hell and half the time the connection to the PC doesnt work....well, that is if you are on wireless.

I imagine it won't integrate at all with Windows Media Player or Center since Center isn't included with Windows 8 and not the new interface.

Colin McGregor said,
Who cares what sources say. Until MS says a date I'll keep playing my 360.

Hey man, I'll stay conscious longer playing the "sources say" drinking game than I ever could playing the "some analysts say" drinking game. That one's just *dangerous*.

There better be a Halo 5 by then. I had to bring this up, I'm sorry, the end of Halo 4..omg. It reminded me of Halo 2.

Mr.XXIV said,
There better be a Halo 5 by then. I had to bring this up, I'm sorry, the end of Halo 4..omg. It reminded me of Halo 2.
I don't want the developers to rush it, but I know what you mean.

Mr.XXIV said,
There better be a Halo 5 by then. I had to bring this up, I'm sorry, the end of Halo 4..omg. It reminded me of Halo 2.

Only thing I felt is that the story (not the gameplay) felt quite short, no problem with the ending. The story of reach felt longer because it took several unexpected turns and you visited a lot of locations. Halo 4 I think you really only had 6 main missions meanwhile in Reach you had 8 main missions.

matt4444 said,
I don't want the developers to rush it, but I know what you mean.

Of course, I want the next Halo's to be perfect. Heck, I only have 7 achievements left to finish.

Gaffney said,

Only thing I felt is that the story (not the gameplay) felt quite short, no problem with the ending. The story of reach felt longer because it took several unexpected turns and you visited a lot of locations. Halo 4 I think you really only visited 6 locations; Ship, planet core, planet surface, Didact ship on surface, space station and then inside the Didact ship.

That's nearly true, but I think it's only because they still have to get used to the corresponding stories that the writers set out (along with books). If anything, I hope the next Halo does become even more mysterious as I know that we all were hoping for the Arbiter.