Xbox 720 announcement reportedly occurring in May, not April

There had been a rumor that the next generation Xbox would be announced in late April. But, if you are willing to believe a tweet from Paul Thurrott, he is stating that the announcement has been pushed back a month to May

We don’t have much to go on as we are talking about a rumor of an April launch and Paul indicating that May is the new launch, but for now, it’s likely the best information available.

Paul does have a decent track record when it comes to getting this type of information correct, so it’s wise to believe that this information is accurate. Although, if Microsoft does push it back a month, this puts the announcement close to that of E3, which starts on June 11th.

Sony has already announced, if you want to call it that, the PS4 but did not announce any specs of the console itself and briefly showed a new controller along with tons of game demos over a two-hour period.

While we do not know what the next gen Xbox software enhancements will include, the architecture and specs of the next gen platform were leaked a few months back.

Source: Paul Thurrott

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All i care about is they fix the 1. Overheating issue. 2. The Laser.

I went through 4 brand new Xbox's and one given Xbox from my brother over the course of 7 years which is sick. My PC I'm on now I've had since 2008 and has not once broke down.

Next week I will be announcing my retirement. Assuming I stay healthy and don't get struck by lightning or die in an accident, I'll be retiring in about 35 years. More info to come soon.

Sony didn't announce any specs? That was the only thing they talked about in the first half of the conference.

It's Neowin. Everything in the world exist and evolves around a Microsoft product. But it's quite funny that Neowin don't even acknowledged the specs that was listed on the PowerPoint that clearly blows the Xbox 360/PS3 and the rumored Durango XDK specs out the water.

Totalaero said,
It's Neowin. Everything in the world exist and evolves around a Microsoft product. But it's quite funny that Neowin don't even acknowledged the specs that was listed on the PowerPoint that clearly blows the Xbox 360/PS3 and the rumored Durango XDK specs out the water.

What??? You do know that it was a guy from DICE talking about specs, not Neowin?

Probably a better window for an announcement. Then they have a better ability to leverage the announcement through to E3... I really can't wait to see what the next generation brings.

I'm only looking forward to finding out what the official name of it will be.
I really hope it's not going to be called XBOX 720. That just sounds totally lame.

If that's true then Microsoft might as well just wait for E3 in early June to make the official announcement...seriously, why make a reveal in May when the biggest video game trade show of the year is just a few weeks later when you know you will have an audience ready to go?

ahhell said,
Maybe they want to pull a surprise unveiling like they did with the Surface. Totally catch everyone off guard.

Except everybody knows the Xbox would be announced early this year and be released at the end of this year. The Surface was a big suprise because nobody knew Microsoft was building its own tablet.

I think a seperate event is smart, especially if they dont reveal everything like Sony did. Just reveal the basics, show off some games, Xbox smartglass, Kinect and present some supporting developers. Then have the definitive specs and the console itself be revealed during E3. They will make the headlines twice.

ahhell said,
Maybe they want to pull a surprise unveiling like they did with the Surface. Totally catch everyone off guard.

too bad surface was all hype and smokescreen...

Why will they wan't to compete with a dozen other announcements at E3 when they can have a special event all to themselves ?

eilegz said,

too bad surface was all hype and smokescreen...

What? How so? It's a genuine product with great build quality and an innovative design. Touch cover is also a great addition. What did they claim that was not delivered?

The point of separate events is to share the stage (and press time) with no one. As exciting as the next Xbox might be (and it will be big), it will be competing with game announcements, of which there will be MANY.

Plus, it also hamstrings partners in that they aren't allowed to show off any games exclusive to the next Xbox until Microsoft says something, which is pretty frustrating when the Sony PS4 crowd is just living it up.

Besides, the worst damage, missing GDC, has already been done. Developers, especially those of the indie variety, have already started being wooed by Sony, and it looks like their efforts are bearing fruit. Once you set in stone things like "Sony is all in with indie-devs" or "Microsoft only cares about casual games", it becomes impossible to remove that label.

kinpin said,
Why will they wan't to compete with a dozen other announcements at E3 when they can have a special event all to themselves ?

And not only that, but they can then leverage the announcement going into E3. This is very smart. I don't know why anyone would announce a console so far ahead of E3 like Sony did... All of the excitement will have been gone for MONTHS before E3, whereas it will still be hot for Microsoft.

the surface tablet itself is probably the best tablet on the market, RT is a bit of a let down, the pro are good though. When newer hardware is released later this year with BLUE being on all surface tablets the experience will be grand.

Xbox 360 was announced with two back to back events in 2005. Kinect was revealed with two back to back events in 2010. There is precedent to make a major Xbox reveal with two back to back events.

John Callaham said,
If that's true then Microsoft might as well just wait for E3 in early June to make the official announcement...seriously, why make a reveal in May when the biggest video game trade show of the year is just a few weeks later when you know you will have an audience ready to go?

People seem to be forgetting that MS has it's own second event planned for June, BUILD, they already list the Xbox as part of the things they'll talk about, probably the new APIs it'll share with Windows and WP for arcade games and apps etc. So, you have a big hardware and general software/services event in May all about the Xbox then you show games at E3 with some more details leaving the techie bits for BUILD after.

The delay I bet is probably because of some licensing stuff that needs more time to get worked out.