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Report: Microsoft's April Xbox Event Pushed to May 21

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Rumor has it Microsoft has pushed its Xbox event back by almost a month.

Back in February, we heard talk that the new Xbox would be revealed in April. However, it seems Microsoft may have pushed the big unveiling back by roughly a month. According to Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott, Microsoft has now pushed this event back to April 21. Thurrott made this remark during a What The Tech segment last week.

"Originally they were going to announce this thing in April, April 24th. Now they're going to announce it May 20, May 21st. We know that there are events occurring this year where we are going to learn more about Durango," said Thurrott, adding that the console would see an early November release.

The Verge has since reported the same, citing its own sources that say, yes, the unveiling has been delayed until May. What's more, these same sources say the event itself will be at a small venue and will focus on providing the first details on the next generation of Xbox. An April event would have been nice, especially since we're likely to get the full show in June at E3 anyway. Still, we're not about to turn our nose up at any scrap of information Microsoft wants to throw our way.

The most recent rumors regarding the Xbox 720 involved an always-on internet connection. Last week, Kotaku reported that Xbox Infinity (720) will require an Internet connection to load games. An unnamed source told the site that if there isn't a connection, then apps and games cannot start. If the console is disconnected while an app or game is in use, they will be suspended after three minutes and the console will go into network troubleshooting mode.

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    meluvcookies , April 8, 2013 6:09 PM
    Trying to figure out a way to extricate themselves from the current pile of poo they've stepped in with this "always on" and "deal with it" attitude, no doubt.
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    Tran Khanh Vinh An , April 8, 2013 6:04 PM
    Trying to scrap of DRM? Nah noway in the name of god
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    meluvcookies , April 8, 2013 6:09 PM
    Trying to figure out a way to extricate themselves from the current pile of poo they've stepped in with this "always on" and "deal with it" attitude, no doubt.
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    p05esto , April 8, 2013 6:31 PM
    Hopefully they are removing the DRM, always on internet requirement and innability to play used games. MS is seriously pissing me off these past few years. Damn you Microsoft I was your biggest fan and now I'm starting to hate you. Do you even know what that means when your fans are turning on you? There are not as many MS fans left out there for you not to care. DAMN YOU MICROSOFT!!!!
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    Immoral Medic , April 8, 2013 6:32 PM
    Honestly, there aren't enough xbox exclusives that I enjoy currently that would warrant me to buy the next xbox. I hardly use my current 360. I will stick with my PC and hopefully grab a Wii U later this year when the new mario galaxy and wind waker HD comes out. I hope they come out with some good titles to make me want to buy the new xbox, but right now, I just don't see them since I can get most games on PC anyways.
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    aggroboy , April 8, 2013 6:51 PM
    Question: Assuming Christmas 2013 release, can Microsoft still increase the specs of the final device?
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    shikamaru31789 , April 8, 2013 7:24 PM
    Well, at least we'll be hearing about the Next Xbox before E3. As for all these negative rumors, I doubt any of them are in the actual console, even if they were going to be in it, Microsoft has time to make sure they aren't now that they've heard all the criticism, which may be what the event delay is all about.

    aggroboyQuestion: Assuming Christmas 2013 release, can Microsoft still increase the specs of the final device?

    Well, they could have potentially had time to change it once they saw the PS4 unveiling. I doubt they'll have made it more powerful than the PS4, though they may have increased it some, to get it within about 10% of the PS4 instead of the 30% the leaked specs place it at.
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    hakesterman , April 8, 2013 7:39 PM
    The new Consoles are going to get left in the Dust. People will not tolerate company's like MS. or Sony dictating weather or not you have internet or want to play used games. Their digging themselves into the Sand, but it's a war they have no chance of ever winning.....
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    slomo4sho , April 8, 2013 8:34 PM
    Rumor has it that the average consumer has pushed back their enthusiasm to almost nonexistent levels upon hearing of the DRM stance.
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    NuclearShadow , April 8, 2013 9:08 PM
    Since they already officially claimed it's existence by scheduling such a event for it. With this no doubt being one of the biggest topics about it and it being a negative one at that, it looks bad that they won't at-least assure that the console won't require such before hand. If it doesn't have that requirement there is no reason to hide the lack of it. But again assuming that it does not, it also does not help that they will instead have to address it during the event. This is simply time wasted when instead it could be properly used to early market the product.

    But if it is true, this vastly unpopular requirement will be a huge test towards console gamers. Will the gamers show they are addicted to consumerism and will buy things no matter how much they object to it? Or will they stand their ground and make Microsoft's next console a flop and will cement the path for future consoles to avoid ever trying that again.

    The future of the consoles depends on this, if console gamers accept it expect Sony and Nintendo to follow. because the game publishers will demand it. The ball is in your court console gamers.
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    magicandy , April 8, 2013 9:23 PM
    "499 US dollars!"
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    siuol11 , April 8, 2013 9:28 PM
    aggroboyQuestion: Assuming Christmas 2013 release, can Microsoft still increase the specs of the final device?

    Absolutely not. Tape out to production silicone takes 16 months, and it is highly doubtful they'd plunk down the considerable amount of cash it would take to make a late-in-the-game change that wouldn't net them more than a 10% increase anyways (unless they re-engineered the silicone, cooling system, etc. from the ground up)
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    rcfant89 , April 8, 2013 9:35 PM
    Vote with your dollar. Do not buy unless you approve of the "always on internet connection requirement", the new game requirement, i.e. you cannot play used games, etc. Game companies should not tell its users what to do, users should make demands of the game companies since we are, after all, their paycheck.

    This type of direction is what RUINED battlefield 3 for me. I paid $60 and despite the game itself being great, the "add ons" ruined it. Required to be online? No. Required to launch a browser to play? No. Required to run an additional program (origin) and listen to what origin says? Hell no. I buy a game, I want to own it and do with it as I please (personally). It is outrageously frustrating to not be able to play a game I paid for without the internet, especially when it doesn't need the internet (i.e. campaign).

    This type of thing will never see another dollar from me. Ever. And if you buy these products, you are encouraging these companies to continue yanking us around.
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    photonboy , April 8, 2013 10:09 PM
    Having BLIZZARD (D3 and SC2) flashbacks to not being able to play these SINGLE PLAYER GAMES due to account issues (three friggin months!).
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    tiret , April 8, 2013 10:31 PM
    Good luck selling your product in countries with poor broadband penetration.
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    zedon , April 9, 2013 1:18 AM
    hakestermanThe new Consoles are going to get left in the Dust. People will not tolerate company's like MS. or Sony dictating weather or not you have internet or want to play used games. Their digging themselves into the Sand, but it's a war they have no chance of ever winning.....

    You only hear negative rumors because those are the only ones that stick and there are so many paranoid conspiracy theorists on the internet if you believe this crap you're an idiot.

    The vast majority of people don't care, they already have internet on all the time. It's a few % that live on the bubble that are concerned. Do you really think most under 18 care about that or people in cities or people with half way decent jobs. I doubt they will have always on but I think they will give that option to game makers for their game.

    Also I think they will do something to make sure they get a cut of the used game market as they should, gamestop is just a vulture and ripoff.
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    jdwii , April 9, 2013 1:35 AM
    Their really is a reason why their waiting and waiting to tell everyone, Like Bulldozer, like other products when its not as good they don't release nothing special before the product.
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    back_by_demand , April 9, 2013 4:21 AM
    I am getting pretty sick of hearing all about one single thing that is being blown out of all proportion and solid information on the subject is missing. All it does is leave fantasists and paranoids to out the inevitable "but what if????" that becomes fact and a huge bandwagon goes into super ape-shit mode
    Steam needs to be in Online mode all the time, unless you deliberately switch to offline mode and then all your Internet multiplay (but not LAN play) is borked - nobody cares about that, it is a universally accepted system of being "always connected" and for consoles to do the same is suddenly a bad thing?
    Before you retort, I already know it, you want to play used games, you think if your internet drops out you will not be able to play single player, you think they are spying on you, you need a tin foil hat
    If you don't like it, buy a Playstation 4 or a PC - uh oh - same deal - well, you can always go for Nintendo - good luck with that, enjoy playing Forza on that, not!
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    evilsizer , April 9, 2013 4:28 AM
    So does anyone else feel that Microsoft is running out of ways to shoot itself. How many products are they going to take the postion of the customers will just have to deal with it before we the customers stop buying their products? I bought one copy of Windows 8 out of 4 computers in my home. I will not buy another. With Xbox taking the stand of no used games, I will not buy their system. It's as simple as that. I like some Xbox games, but making me pay full retail for each game just makes me more interested in going back to building gaming PCs or buying a Playstaion if they don't do the same thing as MS.
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    mobrocket , April 9, 2013 5:03 AM
    I got a feeling they have something up their sleeve they want to reveal

    I don't think the always on connection will be true (ps4 had same rumor)

    Look for a console about the same as PS4 and xbox will try to win with better software on the console
    and the kinect 2
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    shikamaru31789 , April 9, 2013 7:02 AM
    Am I the only one who finds the number of people beleiving all these negative rumors disturbing? I stopped concentrating on all the negative rumors awhile back. Chances are they're being submitted by Playstation fanboys (lets not forget how easy it is to be a supposed "source", remember a few months ago when somebody submitted fake info and had it on every gaming website in a matter of hours, just to prove the point that gaming media will report on any supposed source without attempting to varify validity, just to get increased views), or possibly even by Microsoft themselves, in an attempted negative marketing scheme, where they release negative rumors before hand, then blow people away at the unveiling with none of the rumored negative features in the actual console. I highly doubt these rumors about always-online and used games blocking. Microsoft knows the intenet infrastructure in their leading market, the US, isn't very good, they aren't going to shoot themselves in the foot with always-online. As for used games blocking, Gamestop's CEO praised the Next Xbox after seeing it behind closed doors, he wouldn't praise a console that aimed to put his company out of business by blocking half their sales.

    So instead I concentrate on all the positive rumors and leaks I've heard, like DVR and tv tuner functionality, streaming cable packages (one leak even said Microsoft is trying to convince cable networks to go a la carte so you no longer have to pay for bundles that include channels you don't want), Skype video and audio chat (including Skype audio chat replacing Xbox Live's own voice service in games which would also include increased party chat size), online play being added to Xbox Live Silver, 3 new Exclusive IP's in the works as launch titles. The Next Xbox sounds like one device that does just about everything you could need a living room device to do, play and record video games, watch and record local TV, Cable TV, or online TV (like Netflix, Hulu, and Crackle), browse the web, chat with others over Skype, listen to music, etc. One device that does it all.
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