Microsoft Will Reveal The Next Xbox On May 21

The next Xbox will be revealed on May 21, Microsoft has just confirmed, following weeks of rumours surrounding its next-generation gaming console. We just received our invitation to the event, which will take place in Redmond, Washington. It will also be streamed online and on Spike TV.

You can see the event invitation above.

Here's a blog post from Microsoft spokesman Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb:

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. 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. 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.

A New Generation Revealed Xbox Campus, Redmond WA Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT

For the past few months, we've been hearing and reporting all sorts of rumours about Microsoft's answer to Sony's PlayStation 4, which was announced on February 20 at an event in New York City. Earlier this year, we reported that the next Xbox, code-named Durango, will require Microsoft's new version of Kinect to run. We've also heard a great deal that suggests the next console could be online-only, although that's been hard to nail down, and there have been conflicting reports about the specifics.

It's worth nothing that this event will happen at 2am Japan time. Microsoft has struggled to find footing for their consoles in Japan, so the timing of this event could be indicative. Perhaps that audience is not very important to the Xbox makers.


Comments

    Whoah. Massive news. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft have come up with and how it compares to Sony's offering. Sony will be pretty tough to beat.

    Maybe it's indicative that the world operates on 24-hours and Japan is across the Pacific Ocean? A 16 hour time difference is a pretty big barrier. Why Japan, specifically, and not Australia? Here it will be 3am. Are they more, or less indifferent?

    Im afraid to discuss it here, because Kotaku has deleted several of my past comments in the last few days. None were abusive, and all were on topic. I guess this is it then, time to find another community. So long. (Yes im aware that you will delete this as well, but i write it in the hopes that the person moderating these forums reads it first)

    Microsoft will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat. They need to ditch Kinect and stop alienating their core audience. They'll never get that $500 million+ back that they spent on it. PS4 is already looking like the console made for developers by developers and looks like the way to go.

      They won't ditch Kinect, not for the next-gen at least, and they should have made that $500 million back some time ago. According to Microsoft they've sold 24 million Kinects and I'm sure their profit margin is more than $20 per unit, come on it's Micro$oft we're talking about here.

      If the rumours are true, such as every XBox will come with a Kinect, the XBox won't work if you disconnect the Kinect and it won't work if it's not connected to the internet, then I for one will not be buying one.

      What happens if you don't like Kinect?, or you can't or don't want to connect it to the internet?, or if you have internet that drops out sometimes?, essentially you will be buying a very expensive paper weight.

      At the moment it looks like the only next-gen console(s) I'll be getting are the Wii U and possibly a PS4.

      Kinect is actually quite good. I've got one and I think it's great, as do a lot of other users. They're "core audience" as you put it don't have to buy Kinect or, if they install it into the console itself buy any games for it.

        For the XBox 360 people do have a choice whether or not they want to buy a Kinect, and if they have one they don't have to have it connected to their console all the time, but for the next-gen XBox if the rumors are true EVERYONE that buys an XBox will be forced to have one because it will apparently come bundled with every console and the console will not work if the Kinect isn't plugged in.

        For the record I have a Kinect and I think it's a bit of fun, but I like to sit down with a controller in my hand for the majority of my gaming.

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    " a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. "

    says it all, really...

      Could have been worse. At least they mentioned games first in that list...

    I predict they will use the term "through the magic of kinect" many times

    If the the "always online required to play anything" still remains then every thing else is irrelevant imo. Choice of a new generation.... of suckers.

    I don't think people in Japan are willing to stay up till 2am to get a teaser for the new Xbox. I know I won't stay up till 3am for it. I don't get this about the US, they always do these things when some of their major markets are asleep instead of doing it in the early evening (about 7pm their time which is 9am our time) so other countries are awake to see their "global event".

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      They could do it at high noon in Shinjuku station and I still don't think the Japanese market would care. They threw a lot at it in the early days of the 360 but just couldn't get any traction. The bulk of their market is in the US so I guess it makes sense that's where they're aiming at.

      Even Sony did it so that the time was 7.30 am in Perth, which I was more than willing to wake up early for.

    I would much rather prefer an announcement that they would be nicer to people publishing their games on XBLA and changing their policy for all games, like validation time and update costs, down to nothing in order to prove to everyone that they've finally caught up to the year of 1995.

    may 21st is when the console gen DIES.

    I bet at E3 we all find out Battlefield 4 is a Nextgen release. It will be enough for me to pick a side come Christmas.

      I thought they'd already said it'd be on both current and next gen consoles? Buggered if I can find a link, though...

        http://www.psu.com/a018982/ - you're right - though nothing official yet and it's not on any of the promo pics fro the game.

    Can't wait. Got a feeling the new Xbox will be fucking awesome.

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