Next-Generation Xbox being unveiled May 21

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Remember back when there was supposed to be a media event on April 24 (by Jove, that’s today!) to unveil the next generation Xbox, and then that super secret event was reportedly moved to May? Well, that rumour is now pretty much truth – because Microsoft will be unveiling the new Xbox on May 21.

The presentation is to be held in Redmond to a small group, but will also be streamed live on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Spike TV in the US and Canada – where you’ll be able to find out everything you need to know about the next console from the folks at Microsoft. And honestly? It’s about time. Sony revealed details of its impending PlayStation 4 back in February, and has garnered much favour from gamers as a result. Microsoft’s silence regarding its own console – and the persistent rumours of a necessary perpetual internet connection -  hasn’t exactly helped quell the tide of gamers threatening to jump ship.

It’s rumoured to be  ditching the PowerPC setup of the current Xbox for a more traditional, very PC-like x86 architecture. Reportedly packing 8Gb of DDR3 RAM, it may also ship with stripped sown XBOX 360 for backwards compatibility, and a little extra processing power.  Much like Sony’s Playstation4, it will essentially be a PC.

“On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada,” says Major Nelson.

“On that day, 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.”

We’ll find out on May 21, I guess.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • DaxterZA

    Whoo! Cant wait!

  • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

    My prediction:

    Pitbull opens for the conference, blahblahblah casual *****, they talk about vague things that is obviously filler, 720 is hinted at, it’s finally unveiled. Always online, Kinect mandatory, not much more powerful than Wii-U, XBL Gold still required to play online. Live demonstration where it crashes due to the internet connection being interrupted Trailer reel of all 5 launch games but the trailer is interrupted to tell them they need a license to continue viewing since Kinect detects more than 4 people in the room.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Troll. <3

    • Deon Steyn

      Pizza hut will do the catering.

    • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

      oooh fancy. I might even get the microwave popcorn out for this one.

    • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

      Far more entertaining than Sony’s “here watch a bunch of videos” conference :D

      • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

        ….

        • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

          Sent from iPhone? #trololololol

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            wat?

          • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

            Sony Domination? They be dominating nothing really in any space right now. Apple, M$ and Samsung have Sony cornered everywhere ;)

            The PS4 is the last stand…the last throw of the dice…the white towel…

          • SojournZA

            Fox

            Although Martin talks alot of crap (trolling, rather ignore him), have you ever looked at his twitter profile?

            https://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG

            All I see is that he plays Xbox games, quite funny actually

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            So I own a Xbox and Ps3? So what? I play both but prefer PS. After this gen I’m done with Xbox and their anti consumer satan ways.

          • SojournZA

            you make me laugh troll.

            looking at the history in there you play alot of Xbox and it seems you enjoy it alot, dont think ive seen once you openly speaking to people to join your ps games, very funny :)

            enjoy your day

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            Good day sir and have a pleasant tomorrow!

          • Deano

            Well done, hopefully you stop with all your M$ whinning cos its getting so old now. I’d rather sit through 20 pizza hut commercials then listen to you whine.

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            I know,You must be pretty used to watching ads on the dashboard by now

          • Deano

            Its a pleasure compared to reading the Giant Sony ads you post.

          • Deon Steyn

            At least you have a choice between reading his posts and ads on XBOX

          • SojournZA

            once again you should be reminded of Sony’s current Dilemma

            JUNK STATUS

          • Deon Steyn

            Was that one of the XBOX adds? This is hard times and even Nintendo is struggling. Only a naive person would think that they wont bounce back.

          • SojournZA

            sigh

            as posted before:
            http://lmgtfy.com/?q=sony+junk+status

            Im not trolling you unlike others on this forum, im actually telling you the truth

            Sony has been a sinking ship for a few years now

            PS: only a naive person would blindly not know whats happening, and try speak with your sarcasm :(

          • Deon Steyn

            I acknowledged the fact about their status. That’s why I said they would bounce back. I’m not trolling either and the sarcasm was a jab at the online service XBOX users have to deal with. Sony is sinking that’s why they rethought their whole model. The PS+ service is a godsend along with the free games they give away, free online play is unthinkable but there it is. They even partnered with Blizzard and who knows what that can mean for Sony. But I admit that if the XBOX is better than the PS in this next generation I will have no choice but to switch over.

          • SojournZA

            I love it how to everything i say i get a 1-2 negative vote but im telling the truth, must be some diehard fanbois up in here

            Okie Deon, pictures do more then writing, please view the belows graph:

            http://www.notenoughshaders.com/2012/09/08/the-ten-year-decline-of-sony/

            To highlight for you:

            Sony’s Market Cap Value on September 2000: $100 billion (Source: Bloomberg)

            Sony’s Market Cap Value on December 2007: $54 billion (Source: ycharts.com)

            Sony’s Market Cap Value on December 12, 2011: $18 billion (Source: Bloomberg)

            Enjoy

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Deon and Sojourn sitting in a tree…

            :P

          • SojournZA

            just hate blind fanatics :)

          • Deon Steyn

            One thing I can agree on

          • Deon Steyn

            One pays for online the other plays free?

          • SojournZA

            one company is doing well the other not so much :(

            10 year on going decline vs an up an up corporation, hmmm who you gonna invest in???

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            LOL @ people caring about how each company is doing! How much $ does it put in your pocket?

          • SojournZA

            my first time commenting here really but i see you do it daily, so I think your comment can be reversed

            you just make me face palm daily

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            Happy to have you on board soldier!

          • SojournZA

            thanks :)

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            Lol bud,I’m just messing around. It’s all done tongue in the cheek

          • SojournZA

            hehe np

          • OldVideoGamer

            love it

          • Deon Steyn

            The one that gives me what I want. I want free online play and no ads at the moment please.

          • SojournZA

            if sony wants to start increasing there net value, dont you think they will start looking at extra income from things like this?

            think about it? but maybe you have hence the “at the moment please” comment, lol

          • Rincethis: Beeralicious

            I feel left out, I have my own branch and everything! Oh, wait… Single… FML

          • Deon Steyn

            They already said the PS4 will not replace the PS3. I have no intention of doing so. If the PS4 is crap I will get the new Xbox while keeping my PS3. Very easy.

          • SojournZA

            they only saying that because it has no backwards compatibility. just think about it without being biased

            also developers will start only designing for next gen and not for the old gen due to costs vs rewards so holding on is not so lekker. also a waste of space

          • Deon Steyn

            Get a bigger table.

          • SojournZA

            or get another job to pay for the ps3. wow you really do follow the dwindling sony belief

          • Deano

            Actually I dont, As with ads appear when you load Xbox live, so does Martins posts when you load a MS article.

          • Deon Steyn

            Well not every article surely.

          • Deon Steyn

            At least you have a choice between reading his posts and ads on XBOX

          • Rincethis: Beeralicious

            Trolling score, -10.

          • Rincethis: Beeralicious

            Trolling score, -10.

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            Silly Xbot..Clearly you have no games to play when all you care about is company shares going up and down. M$,Samsung and Apple having the edge? You comparing Smartphones, Tablets and PC’s to Sony’s gaming division now? Why not include the 2013 Toyota sales as well?

            You are clearly damage controlling because the Xbox’s best game this year is Pizza hut!

          • SojournZA

            you seem to forget Martin, Sony due to there bad marketing etc, is seen as “junk” status

            Microsoft are doing pretty good btw :)

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            *Their

            Seen by junk status by who?

          • SojournZA
          • SojournZA

            you remind me of this below Martin

          • Sageville

            Clearly you don’t own Windows 8…..

          • SojournZA

            I do, whats the issue?

          • Deano

            Now run along and go play god of war 16 or something.

          • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

            Sup bro? When will your review for pepperoni pizza be up?

          • Deano

            Sorry have’nt had a chance still trying to get into a online sony game….

          • Deon Steyn

            I’m sure he will and so will I. Because the PS will be around for that long at the very least. Now why don’t you go pay your gold account so you can play online and use Internet Explorer.

          • Deano

            Will do so I dont have to go thru 1000 loops and jumps and 5 programs to join a game of Warhawk. haha.

          • Deon Steyn

            Still stuck in 2007 I see. Very nostalgic

          • Deano

            They lost me in 2007

          • Deon Steyn

            That’s a shame because you missed out.

          • Deano

            Not really, I just use my PS3 for Blu ray movies and single player games.
            eg. Uncharted, G.O.W ect.
            My Xbox does all the online gaming, so much of pain free!

          • Deon Steyn

            PS is not only pain free? But free. FREE!

          • Deano

            I’d rather pay for a luxury car then have to pedal in one.

          • Deon Steyn

            That does not make any sense at all. In what way is the PS pedaling?

          • Deon Steyn

            That does not make any sense at all. In what way is the PS pedaling?

          • Aussious

            Seems like a life time ago that i would have absolutely agreed with you…

      • Deon Steyn

        Right becuase Pitbull is all about next gen gaming.

    • HvR

      “You’ll see Windows 98 start up now, …. oh dear….” Best demonstration ever.

      • Brady miaau

        that was awesome

    • http://digitalliquorrsa.blogspot.com/ riaan

      I am excited to hear what they did with the new Xbox, but at the same time, I am afraid. Very afraid. If that ‘Always online’ + ‘Mandatory Kinect’ rumors are true, I will crap myself.

  • Deon Steyn

    So the Xbox is is going to be essentially a PC. Plus there was a rumour that MS and EA will announce a partnership at the reveal. Who want’s to bet Simcity is coming to the next Xbox much like Diablo3 does to the Playstation?

    • Trevor Davies

      MS & EA together? MA SE…

      • Skoobaz

        10 Gazillion upvotes!

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        hare?

    • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

      Ermmm…. The PS4 is a medium spec PC. Kinect could be the answer to bringing Strategy gaming to consoles.

      • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

        Bwahahaha!

      • BeatzByChrisBrown

        In a word, no.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Meh

  • Jonah Cash

    I’ve said it a million times and I will say it again and keep on saying it: If they don’t give me a machine that was built to game on, they will not get a cent out of me!!! Sony have shown that they will concentrate on me the gamer and have gimmicks but it won’t hamper my gaming!! If Microsoft goes the other way they can stick their machine where the suns doesn’t shine!!! Peace!!!!!

    • Tarisma

      I’m with you there. I wonder if they will try appeal more to the family market like the Wii?

      • Jonah Cash

        I don’t think they are catering for the family market. I think they are trying to open a new market all together, with all this Kinect and placing food orders, watching movies and series on it… They really want an all encompassing box that can do it all…
        But I don’t want that, I want a box that can play good games!! I am a gamer, I have owned 3 Xbox 360′s and would like to think that if it wasn’t for me and people like me they would not be where they are today as a gaming giant. But then why not look after me and my ilk first and then make a separate box for the lazy dude who doesn’t want to phone for a pizza???? He who caters for me, the gamer, he will get my money!!

        • Deon Steyn

          Plus how many features will be available outside of the US? you certainly can’t order a Pizza here in SA.

          • Jonah Cash

            I would be to afraid to order a pizza over my Xbox in SA. With the Telkom line I have it will probably put my order on a loop and I will end up with a house full of pizza!! Hahahaha
            But yeah, you are right. I would love to see figures of how many Xbox’s there are for each continent?!?! And if 95% is in America then so be it, that is who they are targeting and the rest of the world can just suck it……

        • Trevor Davies

          By offering food deliveries, technically it is catering :D

    • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

      Sony give you a 5 year plan on the PS4? Where were your hardcore games last year? God of Flop already is sitting as B- title.

      • Jonah Cash

        Hey Fox, have you been hacked by FoxHoundR????? Firstly I own both a PS3 and Xbox 360, I play Fifa on my Xbox and pretty much all other games on my PS3… I don’t prefer one over the other!! I really think that gaming wise they are so close it doesn’t even matter on what system I play what game… Xbox has the nicest fitting remote and decent triggers, that is the only reason I prefer playing Fifa on it….
        What I said above which you clearly have missed is that the next gen who looks after me and my games, is the one that I will buy!! And not in the first year, probably not in the first 5 years until there is a slimline version!! Because graphics doesn’t make a game, the gameplay and story makes a game!!!!!!!! So stop trolling like the HoundR and get a grip, it is almost Friday! Peace

        • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

          I game on 3 platforms including PC and as a fact, this generation has become so long in the tooth that exclusives are shaking the ground anymore. The PS4 is not going to bring class leading graphics like the PS3 did. I don’t know what graphics M$ will be bringing with the NextBox but in the past, consoles biggest selling points were the uber graphics for a fraction of the cost.

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Methinks thou hath too much MONIES :P

          • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

            The joys of teh single life ;)

            PS: Also, drop the DSTV premium! Mzansi Magic is enough!

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            No wonder you are single if you watch Mzansi Magic!

          • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

            Real men watch Mzansi Magic! The Banana shall agree with me on this!

      • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        so, unfortunately, is Gears of War: Judgment,

        • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

          Then by that token are exclusives becoming irrelevant until the next-gen? And why no news on that AMD card that only does 4K for $999?

          • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

            No, I think exclusives are fine – but milky ones telling unnecessary stories, cashing in on franchises don’t seem to get anybody excited.

          • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

            That brings me to my other point that there’s a load of over-rated exclusives in either stable just because they are exclusives.

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  • matthurstrsa

    Why not just build a PC and connect it to your TV?

    • DrKiller

      Because you need Windows on it ;-) You know, lots of updats, viruses, spyware, services, origin, steam, mouse needed, keyboard needed etc… Just too much effort!

      Oh.. and you can’t really lan PC games.. So its kinda a useless investment

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      I’d buy that….wait, no need. :)

  • HillbillyGamer

    Nah… I will just wait
    for LG’s short and sweet sum up the of lunch.

    • http://twitter.com/D4RKL1NG Martin du preez

      I bet it will be delicious!

    • Skoobaz

      Pizza?

  • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

    Sony shares down 1% and M$ shares up 3% since the announcement #trolololol

    • Deano

      Booooya!!!!

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Daaaaamn

  • DrKiller

    So all the clever people out there… What time is it showing here in SA?

    • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

      Around 6 or 7pm pm is my guess judging from the countdown timer.

      • DrKiller

        On the Xbox it said 6pm (UK account).. I thoguht it would be 6pm in Canada… Hope you are right, then its briliant news! No need for leave ;-)

        • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

          The time that you are looking at is localised to your region regardless of account :)

          • DrKiller

            Sweet! And still enough time to get popcorn and coke! :P

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Why did you get downvote for that?????

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      7pm in South Africa

  • OldVideoGamer

    NEW TV CABLE BOX WITH MANDATORY WEB CAM NO GAMES.
    I am more than happy with my 360 and I am not making the same mistake twice. I am going to wait it out until the SLIM version is out like I should have done this generation instead of do quality assurance for Microsoft and piss about with RROD.
    All the good games have 5 years in development anyway.

    Now bring out your new console already so the price of the 360 can be halved.

  • SojournZA

    I think Xbox will be very similar to the PS4 in specs, to make it easier for developers.

    Thus it will come down to the software running the consoles which will determine the victor. Xbox “should” win this as they have been purchasing alot of the marketplace “Skype, etc” and if implemented correctly should beat the PS. Also if the backwards compatibility is true for the Xbox, this would mean your investment in the Xbox marketplace was something worthwhile and a true investment, unlike the PS store.

    But I guess anything could happen

  • Deano

    Cant wait! Xbox 720 announcement will cost MS Millions.
    Sony fanboi’s trying their best to slate it with their blinkers on $2 (for the blinkers).
    Watching all the people slating it buy one and the xbox 720 icon in their profile in a years time, priceless :)

    You know whats really funny is people like Martin with their $ony bias comments think they will turn us into a mindless $ony robot it’s rather funny, I think i’ll view both sides before making negative or postive comments about Sony or MS next consoles.

    • Deon Steyn

      Same here, my money is going to the best one. Currently I am delighted with my PS3 and PS+ subscription but if XBOX can top that I will move over to them.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        …everything you own in a BOX to the left
        XDXD

      • BeatzByChrisBrown

        Go sit in the corner you PS fanboy scum! :p

        • Deon Steyn

          Yes sir…

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Don’t try applying logic to Console/fanboy wars. It never works!

  • CaptainNemo42

    It’s 2005 all over again.

  • BeatzByChrisBrown

    Yay! The fanboy wars are back. Things started to get stale around here.

    • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

      It wasn’t stale, it was civil.

      • BeatzByChrisBrown

        Civil you say, that sounds exciti… Zzzzzzzzz…..

  • http://twitter.com/Technikyle TechniKyle

    Wow, fanboy arguments are pretty hectic. I’m hoping your testicles never descend, because I’m not sure how the world will cope with fanmen…

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  • Sageville

    Man, the Xbox720 vs PS4 debate here is just plain lame.

    People get so aggressive and frankly childish, sad I had to read all those comments.

    • HvR

      The people are not following the unwritten LG forum code, soemthing I picked up over the last couple of months:
      1. Your allowed to make your fanboy statement and 2 counter replies

      2. You get bonus reply if you can add a FUNNY meme pic (anything insulting marketing, EA and Geoff’s beard gets bonus points)

      3. You are allowed one comment/insult against someones mother if that person is regular and you can work some gaming angle in there, ex Your momma is stupid she plays CoD (you have however opened yourself up for similar comments of your mother, father, grandmother, girlfriend/boyfriend and goldfish)

      4. You can say anything Darryn’s sex and sexuality as long as you call him Brenda and accept his advances when your alone in a lift with him.

      5. NEVER insult CoD player they are people too.

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