On Monday at the convention of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in Seattle, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates accidentally confirmed that Microsoft's next-generation console was coming this year. Just days later, MTV has apparently confirmed the month the device, which will almost certainly be called the Xbox 360, will hit the market.
Today, MTV's advance schedule began running a listing for MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed, the special that will see the Xbox 360 shown to the public for the first time. Besides saying how the show will feature "tours of the design labs Interviews with the designers Behind-the-scenes and inside scoop" the listing promises to feature "trailers of the newest games that are due out in November for the new Xbox" (emphasis added).
The listing appears to cement suspicions that the next Xbox will launch on the fourth anniversary of the original Xbox's release in mid-November 2001. However, despite the clear wording of the MTV listing, Microsoft representatives said they could not comment on it for the time being.
In the meantime, gamers have less than one week to wait until Microsoft and MTV show off the Xbox 360. MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed airs next Thursday at 9:30pm Eastern Time and Pacific Time. Microsoft could not confirm Central or Mountain times for the special (presumably 8:30pm and 9:30pm). GameSpot will have more details on the Xbox 360 next week.