Earlier this month tech journo, Paul Thurrott confirmed that Microsoft originally scheduled an April 24th reveal for the next Xbox 720 or Durango console but later decided to postpone to May 21st. What CNET is calling the worst kept secret in tech, Microsoft has now sent out official invites to press for a May 21 event.
Earlier today Microsoft started to send out invites to a press event with the heading “A New Generation Revealed” with the Xbox logo followed by:
Don Mattrick and the Xbox team invite you to the Xbox campus for a special unveiling 10:00AM May 21, 2013 Redmond, Washington
The event will be broadcasted across Xbox.com, Xbox Live and Spike TV 1pm ET/10am PT.
Major Nelson publically confirmed the event on his blog stating that on May 21st Microsoft will usher in the “beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment.”
He also revealed that during E3 Microsoft will unveil its “full lineup of blockbuster games.”
On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at theElectronic 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.
Since Thurott was spot on with the reveal date, his other reveals could have some water. He stated that Microsoft is readying two Xbox 720 pricing models – $500 to buy the device out right and $300 with a subscription contract. He also confirmed that the console will run Windows 8 core.
He also confirmed that the next Xbox will be always online, but stated that the wording was vague and didn’t really know what that meant.