Rumblings and rumors
The internet is buzzing this morning with reports that a witness saw next generation development hardware from Microsoft at EA. Essentially, the source is claiming to have seen kits that contain the hardware equivalent for Microsoft’s next console, the successor to the 360. Additional rumors state that Microsoft is gunning for a 2012 holiday release, putting it in direct competition with Nintendo’s new console. So what does this mean for E3? Hit the jump for my thoughts.
First, Microsoft doesn’t tend to unveil consoles at E3. The original Xbox was unveiled at GDC, and the 360 was shown during a broadcast on MTV (ooh, so hip!). Most likely we’ll get a confirmation that they are working on a new console, to which should be obvious. Most likely they’ve been working on a new console for awhile, so no one freak out. What this does mean is that perhaps we’ll see a technical demo during the Microsoft conference, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
That being said, if Microsoft were to come out of the gate at E3 with a brand new console to demo, it would take some steam out of Nintendo’s announcement. Even if the new system wasn’t playable, people would already be curious about how the experience would stack up against the “Cafe” (or whatever Nintendo will be calling it on the floor). It would definitely start putting pressure on the remaining holdout of this generation (Sony), since it appears that this next round of hardware will be targeting the core audience once again.
So, what’s everyone’s prediction? New Xbox unveiled during E3, or is it just your standard early development talk?