Xbox 720 reveal event May 21

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

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[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.

Discussion

2227 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. 

DrBob27
DrBob27

@danvar249 That's actually a good question. I'd assume you would be able to, but I can't confirm it. Maybe you could ask the official Xbox Twitter account?

bmart970
bmart970

@ploomp89 No, they haven't announced anything yet. Hence this article.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

@sgt_F79 OooohhhYeah, that will show them! BTW in case you haven't heard, Adam Orth was fired by Microsoft after he posted that comment, so your idea kind of loses its effect at this point.  

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

@kingcrimson24 Nothing that MS has officially announced has confirmed or denied the "always online" rumors.  All we have heard is speculation, yet everyone treats it as fact.  As a matter of fact, there were rumors swirling around prior to the PS4 announcement that the PS4 will block used games.  Sony did deny this publicly after their announcement.  

MS has yet to reveal any official details regarding the new console, so you might want to reserve judgment until the facts are all on the table. 

JOHN1486
JOHN1486

@Crazyboy272Sony needs to grow some major balls in its messaging.....go after Microsoft. Point out how they CHARGE for their base online multiplaying, clutter their interface with ads, put profit over giving the gamer a better experience.....Bring it to them. Sony's problem has always been they become spoiled in thier lack of competition or taking for granted that they need to push hard for our dollars. With PS1 and PS2 they had no competition and they got complacent in the US. Wake up Sony and bring the hurt to the competition. 

Flames21891
Flames21891

@neotheinstein

Leaps and bounds ahead...how? If you're talking hardware power, I think you'll find yourself sorely mistaken. Sony's new console is packin' some heat this time around. It's CPU (which is actually an APU) is based off the Jaguar architecture, which is the architecture used for AMD powered supercomputers. On top of that, its graphical prowess is somewhere between that of a Radeon 7850 and a 7870. By PC standards those are upper mid-tier gaming cards, so by console standards that's just epic. Let's not forget that the PS4's memory is universally shared GDDR5, which means the GPU has access to it, and in turn the memory has the bandwidth to keep up.


In terms of computing power, I don't think there's any way Microsoft can create a console that will significantly outstrip the PS4 and still be at an attractive price point. I think they know this, and that's why they're focusing on social aspects right now. They need to flaunt SOME advantage over the PS4 to convince people to buy their console. If they can't to it with raw power, they need to do it with features.

TURBO-BURNER
TURBO-BURNER

@spectreSE7EN They said they blocked it, but you can still buy and (legally) download backwards compatible games trough cloud as far as I know

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

@sgt_F79 @spectreSE7EN I know, I thought the same thing when I first read it, and then I noticed the "Windows Blogger".  He might be right.  I think it is a bad move by M$ if they go this way because many will jump ship to PS4.  I'm not loyal to either brand because I enjoy games on both PS3 and 360 since I own both, but I really want the console war to be a tight race because we all benefit when competition is tough.  Sony would have a considerable edge if MS confirms the rumors to be true.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

@sgt_F79 @spectreSE7EN Yes, I read that already.  "Windows Blogger"  He's not an official MS employee or representative.  He's an "insider"  He doesn't work for them.  Sony Insiders also said they were going to block used games.  Until an actual MS employee makes an official announcement, everything is speculation.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

@sgt_F79 @spectreSE7EN Well, you might want to wait until the facts are on the table.  So far, all we have is rumor and speculation.  MS hasn't revealed any official details about their console.  Before Sony made their announcement several weeks ago, there were rumors that they were going to block used games on the PS4.  Since their announcement, they denied those rumors.  MS hasn't confirmed or denied anything.  We'll see.