Rumor: Microsoft Revealing Xbox Infinity (720) in April

Not to be outdone by Sony, Microsoft reportedly plans to launch its own standalone event in April to semi-reveal the next Xbox console.

Like its console competitor, the Redmond company will likely not show the actual hardware to generate some pre-E3 2013 buzz. Sony claims the PlayStation 4 hardware simply wasn't ready to be shown this week, but we're betting that's a load of crap. The company, like Microsoft, undoubtedly plans to reveal its true arsenal this June so that the show doesn't repeat the lackluster E3 2012 event.

News of Microsoft's possible pre-E3 2013 reveal stems from several sources. For starters, Microsoft partner Ustechs, which has previously worked with the company on media briefings including E3 2012's press conference, has registered the domain XboxEvent.com. That could be anything really, but given Sony's partial PlayStation 4 reveal, it's a sign that Microsoft is feeling the heat.

According to one unnamed "Sony official" who asked not to be named (of course), he was reportedly informed that Sony's New York showcase had at first caught Microsoft off guard. That seems unlikely given that the entire industry knew the console would be revealed, but the contact went on to speculate that "we definitely ruffled some feathers." Sure thing, buddy.

Still, it's quite possible Ballmer and Co. are quite anxious. Microsoft has been so hell-bent on nuking Apple and Google with the release of Windows 8 and related devices that Sony may have slipped under the radar. Unlike Microsoft, Sony isn't pushing an entirely new platform that spans across four screens. For that matter, Microsoft might not even care about the PlayStation 4 at this point, placing its bets on the Window 8 four-screen experience as a preferred platform for gamers.

But given Microsoft's investment in the E3 convention, the company definitely doesn't want Sony to steal the pre-show buzz. CVG reports that there are a "growing number" of developers and other industry professionals – including Sony employees-- who claim that Microsoft will now showcase the new Xbox console in early April after the conclusion of this year's Game Developer's Conference.

That said, there may even be something revealed next month, but who knows at this point. But as for the April reveal, we expect to see some game footage, a controller, lots of nonspecific tech talk, and perhaps some of the planned services and Windows 8 connectivity options. The actual console will probably come out of the closet in June in Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference because it, like the PlayStation 4, will generate a load of E3 buzz.

 

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  • tobalaz
    I'd just like to point out the obvious benefits for us pc gamers considering both the PS4 and Xbox 720 will be both using x86 hardware.
    Previous generations of consoles were mostly single core, by going with a higher number of slower x86 cores, games are going to be programmed with multithreading in mind. Yup, that's right, these 4-8 core cpus running insane speeds we are currently packing (that barely do crap for us atm) are REALLY going to start getting a workout.
    Since its x86 hardware, its going to be easier to cross code for systems, big benefit? We get more high end games taking advantage of our high end hardware, software development costs decrease for cross platform development, and anyone with a pc, a bit of skill and a dream can make the next big game.
    I'd imagine it should also make multiplayer environments easier to code so pc gamers, Xbox gamers and PS4 gamers can all play together nicely on the same servers while not being not so nice to one another.
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  • JJ1217
    Yay amd
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  • downhill911
    I pray that Xbox infinity will be on par with PS4 or better, then all those new games are going to look epic and PC ones even better.
    So far, I am really impressed with killzone, although it was only 720p but you could see textures where much better.
    Really hope Microsoft will try to out-performance PS4, but I somehow doubt that.
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  • Anonymous
    Xbox Infinity 720- I bet Comcast will have something to say about that name. Plus with hardware already outdated much like the coming so far non-existent PS4 when even compared to current gen PC hardware.
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  • cercuitspark
    soldier2013Xbox Infinity 720- I bet Comcast will have something to say about that name. Plus with hardware already outdated much like the coming so far non-existent PS4 when even compared to current gen PC hardware.


    The processor the PS4 is based on isn't even out yet, and you're calling it outdated?

    And adding the optimization you can get from programming for a spesific set of components, you will get much more graphically advanced games for the next gen console than for the PC in it's current from.

    - A PC enthusiast and PC gamer.
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  • downhill911
    I pray that Xbox infinity will be on par with PS4 or better, then all those new games are going to look epic and PC ones even better.
    So far, I am really impressed with killzone, although it was only 720p but you could see textures where much better.
    Really hope Microsoft will try to out-performance PS4, but I somehow doubt that.
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