Next Xbox SDKs already out, E3 reveal in the works?

Microsoft reportedly sends out early software development kits for the Xbox 360's successor in preparation for unveiling next month; EA calls report "total fabrication."

Source: British game-industry site and magazine Develop.

What we heard: On April 25, Nintendo confirmed speculation that it would release a new hardware platform in 2012. This week, another report surfaced about the successor to another console--the Xbox 360.

Develop cites "a senior, trusted, well-placed source" as saying that a software development kit (SDK) for the new Xbox arrived at an unidentified Electronic Arts studio last month. As is the case with many early SDKs, the unit is housed inside a PC chassis.

Is the next Xbox already out in the wild?

The same source said that Microsoft's new device would launch by the end of 2012 and would likely be revealed at next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Nintendo has already confirmed that its next home console will not only be unveiled at E3, but will also be playable at the event, which runs from June 7-9.

"Why let Nintendo steal the thunder in June [at E3]?" the source told Develop. "It doesn't want to lose momentum. That's why I think Microsoft is rushing to make an announcement at E3."

The official story: Though Microsoft had not commented as of press time, EA vice president of corporate communications Jeff Brown had a few choice words about the report. "This story is a total fabrication--[it's] 100 percent not true," he told GameSpot.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus, according to EA. However, in March, job listings surfaced that leave little doubt that Microsoft has begun work on its next-generation console.

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WafflePrime
WafflePrime

didnt microsoft say the 360 still had like 3 years left in it?

blackace
blackace

@blackace I'm not big on buying the same console twice. How fortunate for Microsoft others are not as sensible. I don't doubt they find it reassure that no matter how many times their merchandise breaks there will always be someone looking to buy another. But that someone just isn't me. *********************************************************** That's why they offered a FREE Replacement warranty. lol!!

Icehearted
Icehearted

@blackace I'm not big on buying the same console twice. How fortunate for Microsoft others are not as sensible. I don't doubt they find it reassure that no matter how many times their merchandise breaks there will always be someone looking to buy another. But that someone just isn't me.

elancion
elancion

cut the fanboy nonsense for a sec. the 360 is by no means more powerful than the ps3. and the 360 is currently lacking any real awe inspiring exclusives. True, i will agree that hardware power does take a back seat because its all about the games. But whose bringing the heat right now as far as unique/exclusive titles go Sony/PS3 thats who Nuff said. OH by the way i own both consoles, now what.

blackace
blackace

@Icehearted said: @paranormalnut @blackace Why tell me this? I agree with you about Sega. It's the Xbox 360 that has a knack for breaking. I'd said earlier that outsourcing to Sega with console design would be a better idea than another made in Mexico cut all corners system, which is what the Xbox 360 is. It's infamous for being the shoddiest console ever made. My Deamcast and my CDX still work without problems, my 360 sounds like a harrier on takeoff and crashes all the time. ************************************************************* Get a Slim. It's pretty quiet and chances of RROD is very slim.

advocatus1983
advocatus1983

If the new Nintendo console is really competitive, Microsoft will launch the new Xbox less than two years after its release... They will not wait 2014...

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I can see it now. Xbox 720 eats child at E3. Microsoft denies incident. Xbox 720 eats family. Microsoft acknowledges flaw and offers 3yr. extended warranty to surviving Xbox 720 owners.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

They really do need to get out another console soon to play catch up with the current generation. I mean, RRoD and hardware failures, dated software leading to multi-disc games (haven't seen that so prevalent since the PSX era) and WiFi adaptors... really, Microsoft? Step into the next gen, already.

bayernfan
bayernfan

Nowadays you can find more games for consoles than for PC, which does not mean more quality. Take into account that the technology behind consoles are actually downgraded hardware versions of PCs. The processing speed, the graphics and even the complexity of procesing gaming info, are most of the time better in PCs than in consoles. And if not, you have many ways to upgrade you computer and there you go.

darkangel494
darkangel494

Would be good to have the new console out but I don't think it is really needed until 2013.

keybladegamer
keybladegamer

What I think was meant is that the team of next-gen Xbox designers will be at E3 to see what nintendo has in store, and make the new Xbox even more powerful than nintendo's new console.

sinister120
sinister120

Just finished hooking up my new 360. They better not replace it any time soon, lol.

MonkeyFodder95
MonkeyFodder95

To be honest, the xbox 360 is like 6, 7 years old and still kicking butt. why new console, it has everything

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

I doubt they are, it would be a mistake to rush into it and find out that the next gen Nintendo console was more powerful. There waiting to see what Nintendo has, then expand from that.

Spacerac
Spacerac

@LoserMike: 3DO had internal memory before the Saturn did. Also so did the SEGA CD and I believe the Turbo CD. It wasn't until the PlayStation was released that CD consoles used memory cards to save games. -------- I didn't know that first thing, I knew the PS was the first with memory cards. Most people would remember Saturn better than 3DO since 3DO was a massive failure. (My brother gave me a Saturn for christmas back when I was 11 in 2001) Still, learn something new every day!

Ashatar
Ashatar

if they do that then i won't buy the xbox 360 i just want it really badly really i hope they don't do this hehe

Ashatar
Ashatar

lol i just hope they don't release a new xbox 360 or i am screwd

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@guitarist1980 The one thing that will keep gamers coming back to Nintendo is their top tier first party titles. Plain and simple. I purchased a Wii after getting my 360, and PS3 first, mainly due to the fact that Nintendo always seems to put out stellar first party games. Not all the time, but most of the time. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a BLAST! I also have enjoyed Zelda Twilight Princess. I don't have many titles for the Wii but you can rest assured that a lot of people will probably get Nintendo's next console,especially if they want to play the next Mario's,Zelda's,Metroids, and Donky Kongs. I know I do. I see where your coming from though, I just think that if you are a gamer in general then you can't miss out on any of Nintendo's offerings.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

If the rumors are true and Nintendo is releasing something competent to the current gen consoles.. whats the point in Nintendo doing that? You would think they would release something at least twice as powerful as current generation consoles. Why would someone buy a new Nintendo if they already have a PS3 or a 360? I did read an article in the Boston Metro that Nintendo is trying to win back the core gaming audience. I guess we shall find out soon.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Darkefka Not making much sense. I read your articles but I can't consume all of that without feeling a bit sick.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@emerin76 to bad. Nintendo is moving on to its new console!

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Ashatar, it will take at least a year to make a new XBox. Probably longer. If they wanted to just make one with the new technology, I'm sure they could do it before July but there isn't much point in making a whole new system if there are no games for it. That takes a couple of years.

plaintomato
plaintomato

Actually, profits on PC exclusives are holding back PCs. Resulting on console-centric development. Meaning consoles are resulting in outdated games. If you call that consoles holding back PCs, so be it. Besides, all we're gonna get are improved graphics and some new fangled controllers. Touch, motion, 3D, its all here already. They need another couple years to work out something legitimately new and impressive to go along with the boosted graphics. Like if Kinect was quick and responsive, that might be something.

emerin76
emerin76

Good hardware and specs do not make good games. Xbox360 plays good games, PS3 plays good games, Wii plays good games. PCs play good deep games. Maniac Mansion on the C-64 was/is a good game. Consoles aren't holding back PCs. Imagination is holding back PCs.

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

Makes sense since MS has practically dropped support for the 360 the last two years other than a few holiday releases.

shinglemill
shinglemill

its always a good idea to move forward. I was already really excited for the new nintendo system and adding a new mircrosoft console makes E3 a lot more interesting! Cant wait for June to see whats going on

jamerncc1701
jamerncc1701

You know what this means? A need for an original IP, yay. Launch titles can be good or bad, resistance was good, so was perfect dark, i hope we see a blow your socks of kind of game, otherwise there is no point.

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

Wow, it feels like yesterday I unboxed my PS3, and the day before that my Wii and my Brother's 360. Times have changed, I'm looking forward to this. Take as long as you need new consoles, try to perfect yourselves and be unique :)

atopp399
atopp399

Maybe I read it here, not sure. Microsoft's big deal this year will be an Xbox with Kinect duct taped to it. They aren't going to risk losing support for Kinect by announcing something this year. They spent way too much money on Kinect both developing and marketing it to push it aside so quickly which is what would happen if they announced a new console unless the current Kinect is going to be a feature of the next Xbox..

LordXerud
LordXerud

I'm not saying that they will or won't announce a new console, but maybe with all the problems Sony has had recently someone at Microsoft has decided to speed up the development phase. They know PS3 users aren't going to trade in for a 360, but if they get jump on Sony with the promise of new hardware to be released in the next 1-2 years, maybe they might capture a chunk of PS3 users. And with regards to EA denying the story, they are hardly going to come out and say anything different. But that's not to say the stories are true. There has been a lot of buzz about new consoles since Nintendo's announcement, so I will be taking everything with a pinch of salt until I hear it straight from the horses mouth.....

LordXerud
LordXerud

@Ashatar Wait until E3...if they are going to announce anything they will do it there. If they say nothing about a new console then buy a 360.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Ashatar That's a good question. Original Xbox game support on the Xbox 360 faded faster than the original Xbox console and it was bare minimum to start with. I have a feeling Microsoft will do better with backwards compatibility with the Xbox 1080, but I'm not keeping my hopes up.

Ashatar
Ashatar

i just hope they don't release the new xbox because i will buy xbox 360 for my birthsday in june so i am really excited i just don't want to buy it and then in few months i see a new one and games that i won't be able to play on my xbox 360.Wait will we be able to pay all games for the old xbox 360 and teh new xbox???

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Yeah, i wouldnt hold your breath for a Formal Announcement any time soon guys.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

It's likely a new SKU that has Kinect built in or something. Or it's Microsoft giving developers early access to prototypes in order to get feedback during their R&D phase. I doubt the Xbox 1080 is being announced this year or next.

kpolicoff
kpolicoff

The 360 has been out for a long while, now, and it's still a kick ass machine. Microsoft did good work with this system, and I look forward to seein what they come out with next! Hopefully, each of the new systems will have integrated Kinect technology.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Quad HD drive, Massive TB HDD, Intel CPU, Monster GPU and complete XBL transparency and they'll have my attention. In all seriousness, one main reason to distribute Dev kits is simply to obtain Developer feedback, and to find out what developers want. Regardless of time scale, im currently very happy with the 360 as it is and in no rush for any such announcement.

VGAplaya92
VGAplaya92

guys what if xbox isn't making a new home console what if they are working on a portable console to compete with the psp and the ds. That would be great because i've been waiting for a portable xbox to play some xbl on the go!!!

SigitP
SigitP

the graphic console is still good, but it must be revolusi now in PC has dx 11,so it will come to console sistem

banderweir
banderweir

@ Tyco People will buy the new Nintendo to play all the new games on it, the same reason people buy any new console, not because they don't currently have a system with those particular "specs"...

watchawant
watchawant

Of course it's working on the next console. The 360 has already hit its limit, and it takes a while to bring a console to market, so of course they have one in the works. I just doubt it will be showing at E3.

Josephxxvvii
Josephxxvvii

Oh, I have no doubt we'll see SOMETHING at the next E3. This is Microsoft's calling card people. The MS PR team is in full support of these rumors. Now, whether or not they're actually going to release a new console anytime soon is not the issue here. Sounds to me like the prediction of 2014 is still pretty accurate. Unless MS drops the ball and rushes a console out just cause, what we're going to be listening to for the next two to three years is PR spin.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

I think it's crazy to say they'll wait until 2014 before releasing the successors to Xbox 360 and even PS3. Though Sony said from the beginning it wants to wait as long as possible, I doubt they'll let MS have another massive headstart. Actually, it'll surprise me if MS doesn't reveal something this E3. I just hope they don't rush the technology this time, in case of potential faults (RROD, anyone?).

earnhardtfan77
earnhardtfan77

if it comes in late 2012 i would be cool with that...looking forward to it

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Consoles are not holding back pc gaming. Most developers of multiplatform games have no loyalty except to money. What's holding back pc games are pc gamers and pirates. If the profit for pc games were equal to or greater than the consoles then more developers will flock towards the pc. The fact is that a game like Call of Duty where millions of sales occur on the consoles while sales on the pc range in the hundred thousand or less and piracy is in the millions gives a clear message to developers to not put any effort into the pc. Then you have a lot of pc gamers playing games on 5-10 year old hardware and not upgrading their OS, then having the gall to expect developers to cater to their outdated machines. When Bioshock came out people were b*tching and moaning that it required a gpu with SM 3.

Kulcan
Kulcan

Consoles are really outdated ( prehistoric hardware ) and the only way to understand is to be a PC player . This is wonderful news .

GEE_WIZZ
GEE_WIZZ

I definitely feel like this gen could stay current until late 2013, but at the same time six years (in Microsoft's case, seven) seems like a pretty average transition to a new generation. I feel like it was November 2005-2006 yesterday, too. So I can understand crying foul, I don't like seeing these signs either. And the HD consoles seem to be premature as far as sales go.