Xbox 720 announcement in May?

Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says Microsoft to reveal future platform next month.

Microsoft will announce the Xbox 720 in May, according to Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian. The news came from a note to investors today about Electronic Arts, with Sebastian saying this announcement will be a catalyst for shares.

No information regarding the exact date or venue of the rumored announcement was divulged.

A previous report suggested Microsoft would announce the new platform during a one-off media event later this month.

A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don't have anything further to share at this time."

Though Microsoft has not officially spoken about the Xbox 720, speculation about the platform has not been lacking. GameStop CEO recently said the console is a "very hot, compelling device," adding that the "world is going to stand up and take notice" when Microsoft finally shares details about the system.

According to past reports, the Xbox 720 may require Kinect and an Internet connection to function, block used games, and feature Siri-like voice recognition, among other features.

Microsoft has previously warned users about Xbox 720 scam sites.

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418 comments
campbell153
campbell153

give a crap much about "Netbox"? nope...

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

I would love to see the industry have this fight with Congress. Games are a form of free speech and we have ratings for a reason. Kids being exposed to violence in video games is a parenting issue. 

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

I agree - I hate it when I see movie trailers that practically give me an entire plot summary, minus a few extraneous details. 

StarSfrife
StarSfrife

Still very skeptical about this game. Sure, the cinematic was great, but I could have said the same about Aion five years ago.

tim1935
tim1935

I think Sony caught MS off-guard and they weren't ready for a new console release.  Now they are scrambling to catch up and show the world what they have.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

first March then April and now May. MS has nothing to show off the audience

shaolinwind
shaolinwind

Such tech tards. 

Consoles > PC for gaming. 

Get over it.

surferosh
surferosh

well.. "the world is going to stand up and take notice"..

something tells me, this will be for entirely wrong reasons.. stop BSing us MS... get over and done with the announcement rather than just teasing us potential buyers.. if this continues, Sony will easily be a couple of steps ahead as they are already generating sufficient interest at this stage even without showing the actual console design !

adro191
adro191

Fuck PS4, Fuck XBOX720... im buying a toaster that can actually toast bread.....

LatinproX
LatinproX

All this fanboy ranting is just envy. I`m gonna get all consoles plus upgrade my gaming PC rig. The hardware is only as good as its software, so I`m not gonna shoot myself in the nu-tsack and miss out on any great game. Everything FTW!!!

akz_chris
akz_chris

always online?xbox 720 has already failed.some people would like to play offline, what about them?,

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Games is what matters. Microsoft needs to worry about that more than their hardware. I already know Sony has me already with so many potential games with all their IPs and there record of constantly releasing new IPs.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

From the things i have been hearing i don't think ms will block used which means i will be able to turn to them for my gaming needs ok i buy new anyway but i don't agree with blocking used. I have noticed how it is the richest of companies  like EA that attack the used market any way so that tells me the attacks on used are greed driven and one thing i never stand by is greed.

Albaficas
Albaficas

dont care,PS4 is where im going

LONG

LIVE

PLAY

barleybosh
barleybosh

I just hope the Xbox 720 dashboard is super fast unlike the 360 dashboard. It always took way too long to do stuff, especially while running a game. Yeah, I know that's asking a lot, but it's really frustrating when trying to change music or type messages etc.

gamergath
gamergath

I hope they don't show the controller like the way Sony did. I am gonna puke if I get to see more controllers.... I want to see the friggin console.

Shinteikun
Shinteikun

somebody is pulling me by my little nose... >.< what's your game MS?

Antherian_being
Antherian_being

I'm surprised by the May announcement date, simply because it's so close to E3.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

All i know is im not gonna get  screwed by being a first adopter..Ill wait for the 2nd wave of systems...remember RROD...dont be surprised if theres a RROD Junior!

Skywilker
Skywilker

What kind of special jerk has to post on here about how much 1 game system is better than the other???  IT IS A GAME!  GET OVER YOURSELF.  You know which one you should play?  The one you have more online friends on, because that makes online gaming more fun, and playing single player games is lame.  Which brings me to my next point...while trifling over the hardware is just dumb because no game studio has enough time in their budget to make a game that truly utilizes the potential of the PS3 over the XBOX, the debate over which game system's online service is better is perfectly viable for non-jerks.

THAT being said...in my experience:

PSN: 

PRO:---FREE

CON:---You get what you pay for...a buncha whiny little kids that can't afford $60 a year (or are too stupid to go to a Microsoft store and get it for $40) because they DO NOTHING BUT PLAY VIDEO GAMES and will whoop your old ass at CoD or whatever game you are playing because they a) have nothing else in their life or b) can Mod without consequence on an "unsupervised" network

XBL: 

PRO:---Syncs on my phone and PC...for some reason my more mature friends all play there (not being a hipster here...really that's just the way it is), reward programs give me FREE SHIT ALL THE DAMN TIME, ummm oh yeah, automatically disables consoles with Mod chips too so it levels the playing field a little bit.

CON:---It's not free

steelmouth
steelmouth

May? but thats so far far away :(

King_Wii
King_Wii

This generation I bought both Xbox 360 and PS3, this time around I will only buy one or the other due to the fact that so many games come out on both :P

Jacen22
Jacen22

Announcement first set in late March, then April, now delayed til May. Sounds like to me the PS4 event blew Microsoft's mind and they were not expecting what Sony bought to the table, now they are all like "we got to get like that" and trying to figure it all out and implement it in their next box.

MadCityTech
MadCityTech

I have to say, that I have nothing else to say.

SolidSteak8
SolidSteak8

The community for Xbox and Playstation are both retarded, but i'd have to say Xbox is worse.

SolidSteak8
SolidSteak8

Yeah, cause the Xbox online community is mature right, lol. Your community is comprised of 9 year olds.

SolidSteak8
SolidSteak8

Xbox fans are a bunch of fps scrubs, the only thing you guys talk about is gears, halo, cod. The only thing you know how to play are fps. Playstation has better games.

MadCityTech
MadCityTech

STOP! You broke lazy jobless bastards. Fuck off to PS4 for Gods sake.

jereme1981
jereme1981

Neither Sony nor MS are blocking used games this is up to the games developer to do so and is already going on. I can understand why the companies that have started doing this are doing it. Look at it this way. 1. You purchase the game the company makes money. 2. You go trade it in and get low balled nice I get $10 for a game I bought  a month ago. 3. Then Gamestop/EB w/e  resells the game for $30-$50 which the developer makes $0. That's the issue here people lol. It also kills rental like gamefly/redbox etc. Also with that being said they could do something smart like lets say you can download and or rent the a full version of a game that auto locks after a certain period of time. that way if you want the game you buy it if you didn't care for it you wouldn't have to buy it. 

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Will Eddie deliver factual news?

Michael Pachter, refusing to read the facts, analyzes tea leaves and says,"Yes, Eddie will deliver news one day... possibly in 2013."

towely62
towely62

really? block used games what the hell does that mean

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

What exactly are the qualifications to be an analyst? I want to know because I can be an analyst too and just say random statements without any evidence whatsoever to point to.

suplax
suplax

" MAY " is the word here. If all those "May" are true i'll be changing to PS4.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

We're all doomed to a future where it's okay for a company to make you pay to use your own internet.

jameson425
jameson425

Microsoft is suppost to have a press conference on April 26th to show off the new Xbox whatever the hell it's called....


SolidSteak8
SolidSteak8

Defiantly getting a PS4, the specs look great and  the social aspect of it. Being able to record and upload your own gameplay or stream it online is something i always wanted to do. Your friends can watch you play a game live or vice versa and take control. Coupled with a better selection of games, yeah i have to go PlayStation.

MALEVOLENT312
MALEVOLENT312

If it doesn't play used games Microsoft is done. The average gamer isn't going to buy an Xbox over the PS4 for what? A few select titles? The thought of swapping a game with a buddy only to find out the new Xbox won't play used games is just communist if you ask me.

deathwish026
deathwish026

the fact this editor still calls it the "xbox 720" and mentions all those fat RUMOURS at the bottom of the page forces me to not take a word of this article seriously... when they officialy anounce it as the xbox 720 THEN you should start calling it that... until then its "next xbox".... besides ime saving my money for the xbox 1440 /facepalm

NIGTHDEATH
NIGTHDEATH

Internet connection to function. Meh.

nurnberg
nurnberg

"analyst Colin Sebastian".  This isn't Pachter, so that might actually be true.

Axile11
Axile11

question why is microsoft being so cheap with specs, all the money they got off xbox live users should produce enough nextboxes for a decade

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

I cant wait for the new consoles and all the total DX11 games that will be produced. I am a bit concerned about the cpu in both consoles though.

unseenDX
unseenDX

I want to play it but it's not really grabbing my attention that much. Something just doesn't feel right........something is missing.

FolkIore
FolkIore

I've been a Xbox user this gen and after seeing the PS4, all I can say is Microsoft better impress me or I'm turning my back on them and going with Sony this time around.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I got a feeling that Microsoft is scrambling to make ends meet for their console after seeing what Sony got and I bet they trying to top the specs also. Hhhmmm... I think they might make a early release NEXT year just by how things look cause they haven't confirmed a damn thing so far.

Xboxforlife123
Xboxforlife123

Makes no sense for Microsoft to do this they can just wait a week for e3 rather than a month before it.

EsteemSVX
EsteemSVX

What I don't understand with these comments, is why people think Microsoft is delaying the event.  I have never seen an official Microsoft representative state "We will be having our next console reveal on this date".  These have all been rumors and speculation, just like the "always on", and "no used games" rumors.  People should just chill out.  MS will reveal the next console when they're ready.  I just hope they don't screw backwards compatibility like Sony "Confirmed" for the PS4.   If that happens... well... you know... something having to do with a fire...