The wait is finally over. At long last, Microsoft have officially announced when their conference detailing the Next Xbox console will take place. After much rumor and speculation that the console reveal would come sometime earlier this month, it seems Microsoft decided to hold off until later in May. Here is a look at the invitation that’s making the rounds as we speak:
While the specifics of what will be announced haven’t been detailed, Major Nelson mentioned that, “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.”
In addition, CVG has a scoop that claims at least one major publisher will be on hand to announce an exclusive partnership with Microsoft; that publisher being EA. While it’s unclear whether or not this means publishing an exclusive new IP for the console or simply creating exclusive content in the form of DLC, as has been done in the past, Microsoft has always managed to secure tremendous third-party support, so this comes as little surprise.
The question on everyone’s mind is what stance Microsoft will take on both used game sales and an always-on internet connection. Previous rumors have indicated that the console will be capable of blocking used content and require a constant internet connection to function at all, in addition to requiring the Kinect sensor be active at all times.
US and Canada residents will be able to watch the event live-streaming from the comfort of their homes via Spike, presumably through their Gametrailers site. The conference will also be streamed on the official Xbox site here, so be sure to bookmark this page if you want to have the link handy come May 21.
Are you folks ready to hear about the Next Xbox? What types of announcements are you hoping for? Would you rather they simply wait until E3 and just make have one action-packed conference? Share your thoughts in the usual place.