Xbox 720 reveal event May 21

[UPDATE] Microsoft confirms it will "give you a real taste of the future" during event next month.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft confirmed that it will hold a press event on May 21 at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington to "give you a real taste of the future."

"On Tuesday, May 21st, we'll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV, and entertainment," Microsoft said in a statement. "On that day, we'll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada."

"On that day, we'll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future," the statement goes on. "Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we'll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games."

"We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we've been working on."

The original story follows below

A source has told the GameStop-owned Game Informer magazine that Microsoft will announce the Xbox 720 during an "intimate" event at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington on May 21.

This tallies with a claim from Windows blogger Paul Thurrott, who also said Microsoft would reveal the next-generation platform on that date.

Game Informer's source also revealed that the event will be streamed live on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Spike TV in the United States and Canada. Invitations for the event are reportedly going out to press and publishing partners shortly.

A Microsoft representative was not immediately available to comment.

The latest Xbox 720 scuttlebutt suggests the platform will launch this year with Crytek's Kinect game Ryse and a new Forza title, among others. The platform is also rumored to take over a user's TV and set-top box in much the same way that Google TV operates.

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2225 comments
hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

I hope that the permanent internet conection deal is clear in the conference.Yes or no and Microsoft just not avoid it like Nintendo in their Wii U specs pecs saying:Here's the box not worry about anything else.For Nintendo specs didn't matter as the gamers didn't care about the crap console either.

danvar249
danvar249

can i watch the stream on xbox live if i'm not a gold member?

hehe101
hehe101

I wish everyone would shut up complaining about xbox, they haven't even confirmed their console details yet, so please stop saying PS4 is better and wait until 21st

ploomp89
ploomp89

So does anybody know if Xbox being online only is a subscription based console now?

instigator81
instigator81

I said update.  Not replace.  At the very least need a new graphics else you have three year old tech.  My point is PC's don't update automatically.  They age just like consoles.

instigator81
instigator81

I'm not talking about some POS computer with average specs.  Most machines that you buy for $500 bucks don't always have top of line parts.  I am talking about maxed out specs for what is needed to get the most out of the newest games, because that is what PC gamers always brag about.  "Have fun with your 5 year old tech, hahaha"  If you bought your PC five years ago and haven't upgraded it, then your crap is 5 years old too.  Unless you have the new automatically hardware updating computer. 

vicke32
vicke32

>who will win the battle for console supremacy
That's like stating "Who will win between [Slavic nation] and [another Slavic nation]?". The answer is obviously "Wait, this is retarded, who cares, I'm going to go play on my always current-gen PC"

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

always on ...... 

my internet sucks . 512kbs and only 6 GB of traffic in a month .  so this is making my choice so easy , i'll get PS4 :)

but i'll wait until 2015 for price drop ,  my xbox 360 would support me until 2015. as long as they make new games for it .

i really love my XBOX360 and HALO , but i have to say goodbye to them :(

Satoru Saitama
Satoru Saitama

No always online . or I will be Switching to Sony

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

Sony tried branding itself as the do everything machine last round and thought it could charge as much as they wanted. Microsoft is in danger of making its functionality too broad this time. I'm so glad Sony has learned and is staying on message.......GAMES, GAMES, GAMES.


I don't think people realize the only reason Sony "lost" this time and not by much is that it let its message get lost in the US. Sony still has the sales advantage in every other market.

Shahada1976
Shahada1976

It's about time M$! Aw yeah!


P.S. *sighs* Here start the console wars again... I never pick sides. They're all great systems.

sora141guy
sora141guy

Im hoping for awesome new franchises and launch titles on the ps4 (I like ms and all but i perfer sony)

Darknight765
Darknight765

I love how everyone is trying to make prediction about Xbox based off of rumors.  Sony hasn't even shown their system, and MS had a bad tweet and a few rumors and the console race has been decided?!?!  Call me old fashion but I'm going to wait until I see what both companies are working with and then talk shit about them.  That way when I say it will be, well I don't know "true". 

lorider25
lorider25

So it looks like people have got over the whole "always online" thing huh?

Kris Grim Buschmann
Kris Grim Buschmann

With every game lauch and release they should create a program that acts like the steam workshop

zac28
zac28

The main reason I love my Xbox is for the controllers. If they don't fuck that up, have competitive specs, and don't go overboard with all the social/media crap, I'll probably buy another Xbox.

I can't stand the little midget hand control's for the PS.

George Friend
George Friend

hahahahaha fuel corporate greed? are you serious. i just like playing games, but if you wanna fight the man and have fee stuff, buy whatever the hell you want. hahaha

feleas
feleas

My prediction if they're gonna be doing what the rumours say, lol.

05/21/13: MS announces Xbox 720.
05/22/13: MS's Xbox branch goes out of business.

neotheinstein
neotheinstein

we have been buying sony tvs since the last 20 years. I have got two sony 40" leds and a vaio recently but I would say the next-gen xbox would be leaps and bounds ahead of ps4.

erMonezza
erMonezza

One one word comes to mind,


HYPE, hype, hype, hype,...


:)

vsnake48
vsnake48

It doesn't matter which console or system is the best, i loved my xbox and i love my 360.

So come the 21st, show me my new console and let the good times roll! :D

strothers101
strothers101

All I want is to be able to play a plethora of games with decent graphics at a reasonable price, social apps and integration doesn't interest me in the slightest. 

ChariotMan
ChariotMan

Let's See what Mircosoft Brings!

pcty
pcty

What are the predictions about the console specs?

constantterror
constantterror

O.o and I'm supposed to believe that the pos xbox is gonna win cause of an atari person said so well last time I checked atari got beat out by almost every console there is and that's that.Oh and PS4 won't be giving xbox a year head start this time and they have the best devs backing them plus they are all about games not all the bs tv crap and who in their right mind would buy and only online system.Trust me M$ ain't gonna win this time in my opinion they didn't win last time look who caught up and still selling better worldwide Sony.M$ only thought they was winning cause of the year head start but got beat in the end and still can't make an original game how sad.

wyan_
wyan_

I expect Microsoft and Sony to be neck and neck again next gen, which I think is a good thing. I'm looking forward to both systems.

bmart970
bmart970

Cool, finally all these rumors will be ended. (or at least we can hope)

Flames21891
Flames21891

I'm really interested to see what Microsoft will bring to the table with their next console. With the PS4 being revealed to sport an x86 architecture, Microsoft will no longer have the "Easy to code for" advantage the 360 held over the PS3. It'll be real interesting to see which platform developers focus their efforts into. On the one hand, focusing on the PS4 in x86 would make the title much easier to port to a PC natively, however Windows is capable of running the same XNA framework that the Xbox runs on


In addition, the PS4 has some pretty decent hardware on it. Though Microsoft's Xbox has a reputation of usually being the strongest gaming console, I'm not sure they can out-spec Sony this time and still retain a competitive price point.


Lastly, and this isn't necessarily just on the Xbox, but are we going to finally see consoles push forwards and try to follow the trends PC has been setting for a while now? By that, I mean are we going to consistently see games in full HD (1080P minimum) at 60 FPS? Right now it seems to be either true HD at 30 FPS, or upscaling at 60 FPS.

Ben Colvin
Ben Colvin

The next Xbox will need to be EXTREMELY innovative to save itself from all the nasty rumors going on about next gen gaming. PS4 apparently missed the memo.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

The console industry feels like its running out of steam....if they simply rely on graphics upgrades they will fail because everything from tablets to mini pcs etc will smoke them eventually. Not saying Tablet games are good but the console industry is leaving a big hole open for something else to enter the picture and wipe them out ie: an Apple Device or a Steambox device etc.....

Justin de la Rosa
Justin de la Rosa

oh and i olmost forgot please make so it can use old xbox 360 games and with a xbox storage insert you know wath i mean so i can insert my xboxs old portable storage please thanks microsoft

Justin de la Rosa
Justin de la Rosa

if i buy that new sistem i will not trow away my old one i still love my xbox 360

fluffy_puppy666
fluffy_puppy666

lol my PC is faster than xbox 720 and ps4 together and they are not even out yet. 

"hurrr durr but your PC was more expensive" Of course it was more expensive, decent hardware is expensive, geniuses.

emerin76
emerin76

<Insert Fanboy comment here>

sora141guy
sora141guy

in a couple of years ps wont have any exculsives(ms will keep stealing them to stay on the market)

trustkill3r
trustkill3r

21 MAY

May be last working day for many of the XBOX team member!

keep up the BAD work

trustkill3r
trustkill3r

A for Apple

B for Ball

C for Cat.... X for .......!lets C:)

sora141guy
sora141guy

once upon a time there was a flashy looking modem and its name was xbox 720