The wait is almost over fellow Xbox fans. Get ready because in under a month Microsoft is expected to finally unveil the next Xbox, sending out invites today to an event at their Redmond, Washington headquarters on May 21st. The invite sent out today teased a “special unveiling” that will “mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV, and entertainment.” According to Xbox’s Major Nelson (also known as Larry Hryb, the director for Xbox Live programming), the next Xbox announcement is really a two-part show. The unveiling of the next Xbox and sharing of some of Microsoft’s plans for the console will come on the 21st, while the full lineup of launch games will be announced 19 days later at E3 on June 10th.
In February Sony unveiled their next generation system, the PS4, but they didn’t actually give important details like what the system would look like or how much it will cost. Based on some of the responses to that announcement from Major Nelson and others on the Xbox team, it’s a pretty safe bet we won’t see the same thing happen here (at least when it comes to what the new Xbox will look like).
As for what we can expect, not much is known today but according to some of the more recent rumors expect a much more powerful system that is similar to the PS4 in graphics and specs, as well as updated versions of Kinect and the ability to use your Xbox to control your cable box. As for the name of the next Xbox, it’s still just as up in the air (online it’s been called everything from Xbox 3, to Xbox 720 to its codename “Durango”).
Like with recent Xbox events Microsoft will be streaming it live for all to watch on Xbox.com and Xbox Live as well as broadcasting it on Spike TV, and we’ll of course have what you need to know covered back here. So stay tuned– the next Xbox is almost here.
Back in February Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 and showed off its new controller, graphics and social features. And while Sony didn’t show what the PS4 actually looks like or say how much it would cost, it did promise that their new console would be available in time for the holidays of this year. The PS4 and the Nintendo Wii U make two of the three next-gen consoles, and over the last year the anticipation has been building over when Microsoft would announce their next Xbox (also known as the Xbox 3, Xbox 720, and Durango). While it was long believed that Microsoft would wait until E3 in June to announce the new Xbox, according to some of the latest rumors our long wait for the next Xbox may end even sooner.
According to a recent reports by The Verge and Paul Thurrott (someone who follows Microsoft and would know about some of their plans), Microsoft may be planning an event to officially announce the next Xbox as soon as May 21st. E3 starts only a few weeks later on June 11th, and The Verge expects Microsoft to announce the next Xbox in May and then use E3 in June to fully show it off.
As for what can expect in terms of the specs for the new Xbox, think of something that will rival the PS4. The next Xbox is rumored to pack an 8-core AMD processor, 8GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and a Blu-ray drive for playing games (games can also be downloaded from Xbox Live). By comparison, the Xbox 360– which still is a pretty great system with some impressive graphics– has a three core processor and 512 MB of RAM. If these rumored specs are true then expect the graphics on the next Xbox to pretty much blow your mind.
As with the 360, gaming is just one part of what the Xbox can do and the next Xbox is also expected to come with an updated version of Kinect that will allow for better use in smaller rooms, improved tie-ins with Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and the ability to control your TV and cable box. The next Xbox is expected to be available later this year and pricing is rumored to be in the $300-$500 range (or what the 360 was when it came out eight years ago).
All in all, between this and the PS4 it looks like the next video game console wars are finally almost upon us. As always, stay tuned.
Sony Exec Teases A Big PlayStation Announcement Coming In The Next Few Months– Could It Be The PlayStation 4?
One of the many mock ups of what people think the PlayStation 4 may look like
It has long been rumored that 2013 would be the year that Sony and Microsoft announce the next generation of the PlayStation and Xbox. As we all know, last year Nintendo released their latest game console, the Wii U, and it has been over seven years since the Xbox 360 launched and six years since the PS3 came out so this time was inevitable. And today we got our first real hint that this new generation was on its way.
CNET reports on an interview a Sony Vice President of Home Entertainment, Hiroshi Sakamoto, gave to a Chilean website Emol, about a big PlayStation announcement planned for E3 (the annual June video game conference where the Xbox 360, the Wii U and the PS3 were first announced), or even May at a special event. Here’s the answer he gave when asked about the next PlayStation:
“That’s still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation. I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. [An] announcement may be [made] in that minute or even earlier in May.”
Now for those who have followed the rumors, the PS4 and Xbox 720 (or Xbox 3, Xbox Surface or whatever the next Xbox will be called) have been rumored for years. But hearing a Sony VP of Home Entertainment– someone who you think would know about things like a new PlayStation– talk about it like that makes us think that we finally could see the PS4 very soon.
Now in terms of what to expect in the PS4, not much is known about it today. Kotaku and other sites say the PS4 will be able to play games at 4K resolution (four times today’s 1080p HDTVs) which would mean that its much more powerful and has much better graphics than today’s PS3 (the next Xbox is also rumored to have similar graphics specs). In terms of price and release, other rumors say the PS4 and next Xbox will be available by the holidays of this year for around $400 each.
E3 runs from June 11th-13th and if the next Xbox and PlayStation are coming this year we’re sure we’ll hear a lot more before then. As always, stay tuned.
The Wii U and the next generation of video gaming is almost upon us. With the Wii U going on sale in just a few days, Nintendo wants to give everyone in the US a chance to experience it before the big launch day. To do this, they have launched over 5,000 kiosks all over the country in stores like Target, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us. At these stores you’ll actually be able to learn more about the Wii U, and in some stores even play some of the launch games like Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U and SiNG PARTY, along with ZombiU and Rayman Legends.
You can check out to see where your nearest kiosk is by heading to Nintendo’s site here and entering your zip code.
For those who don’t know, the Wii U is the first of the next generation of video game consoles (with the long rumored next Xbox/Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 said to be coming sometime next year). The Wii U, builds on the uniqueness of the original Wii with some all new ways to play games. And like the Wii, the Wii U comes with a brand new controller– this time though it’s a buttoned controller with a 6.2 inch touchscreen in the middle of it. With this new controller you can not only play games in all new ways, but you can also do things like stream games right from the TV to the controller so you can play even if the TV itself is off. There is also a camera on the controller (for games and things like video chat), and a full array of buttons on the right and left (including triggers on the back) for the full controller experience. There will also be more traditional Xbox/PS3 like controllers available, and you can also use all your old Wiimote. And of course, the Wii U also now supports full online and HD gaming, areas Nintendo has been lacking in over the years.
The Wii U will be available this Sunday, November 18th in either a $300 basic bundle or a $350 deluxe bundle. For more info on the bundles, see our earlier post here.
So, anyone try out the Wii U yet, and if so, how do you like it?
The next generation of game consoles are almost upon us. Last year, Nintendo previewed the first of these new next-gen systems, the Wii U (Microsoft and Sony still haven’t talked about the next Xbox/Xbox 720 or PS4 but both are expected to be announced next year). Now though we finally have a price and release date. Nintendo has announced this week that the Wii U will be available starting on November 18th, for either $300 for the basic bundle, or $350 for the deluxe bundle.
The $300 basic bundle includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller (the tablet like controller you see above), AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and a HDMI cable. The $350 Wii U deluxe bundle comes with a black Wii U as well as black versions of everything in the basic set plus the Nintendo Land game, increased console storage capacity of 32 GB, a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on a table. The deluxe bundle buyers will also be enrolled in the “Deluxe Digital Promotion,” which lets you receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloads from Nintendo’s eShop.
Nintendo also revealed 51 games that will be available around the launch, including: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants, TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Assassin’s Creed III, ZombiU, Rayman Legends, Just Dance 4, Madden NFL 13, FIFA Soccer 13, Mass Effect 3, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, NBA 2K13, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Wii Fit U, LEGO City: Undercover, BAYONETTA 2, and The Wonderful 101. Nintendo Wii U games will cost $60, or similar to the current price for most Xbox 360 and PS3 games.