Rumor: Microsoft may unveil next-gen Xbox in April ahead of E3

Credit: Joseph Dumary

Now that Sony has announced the PlayStation 4, all eyes are on Microsoft for the future of Xbox. According to CVG, "Microsoft will showcase its console at a one-off media event in early April" following the Game Developers Conference at the end of March.

Further fueling the rumor is a discovery made by NeoGAF member "ekim," who says the company behind Microsoft's E3 Media Briefing event last year has registered the domain XboxEvent.com on Thursday. Hmm, now what could that be alluding to?

Although it's very possible the event is false, Microsoft is definitely teasing some kind of big Xbox news for E3, as the countdown on Microsoft's Director of Programming Larry Hryb's blog suggests.

The latest rumors suggest the next Xbox will have an "eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU made by AMD, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM." The 8GB of DDR3 RAM would make its memory slower than the 8GB of GDDR5 in the PS4. It's also believed that Kinect 2.0 and game installs will be mandatory, as will a hard drive. Other rumored specs include 3D support, 50GB Blu-ray discs and built-in Wi-Fi. Microsoft may also include a feature to block used games.

Whether the next Xbox is revealed in April or at E3 in June, the message is starting to look increasingly clear: the next generation of game consoles won't be about noticeable jumps in graphics, but more about new forms of gameplay and controllers. Both Nintendo and Sony are investing heavily in new gaming experiences with the touchscreen-equipped Wii U GamePad and touchpad-equipped DualShock 4, respectively.

Via ArsTechnica

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