Rumor: “Xbox Next” to be revealed at E3 2013 and released soon after

Multiple sources within the electronics and software industries have hinted strongly at a 2013 reveal for Microsoft's next console, reports Develop Online. Manufacturers of console components and middleware have Microsoft working toward an E3 2013 unveiling for the machine, ahead of a late 2013 or early 2014 launch.

Take this as skeptically as you find appropriate: while the timing is credible, nobody at Microsoft (or anywhere else) has confirmed or denied these projections.

Above: New movie Real Steel asserts that the new console will be called the Xbox 720 (0:47 in this trailer). But then it also promises that in 2020, the sporting world will be dominated by Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Develop also claims Lionhead Studios is working on a new Fable title for the console, internally titled “Fable Next.” This has led some to nickname the prospective machine “Xbox Next.” Realistically, though, branding for the projected console is probably not something that we'll hear much about until we categorically know that it, you know, exists. Rumors persist that EA has had access to preliminary development materials for the console, even though the company has explicitly stated that this isn't the case.

Develop also has a "trusted source" within Sony asserting that that company is also working on next-gen tech with a view toward a 2014 launch for its new PlayStation. The magazine suggests that the next iteration of Epic's Unreal Engine could be available in time for the projected machines' 2013-2014 unveil and launch. Again, this all sounds plausible enough – but then, 2013 is a long way away. We're sort of surprised that we haven't heard either company talk about their next system yet, especially with Nintendo preparring the Wii-U for a release next year. 

Oct 20, 2011

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  • FoxdenRacing - October 21, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    Doesn't sit right with me...not because it's too soon [this has been the longest console generation in the history of gaming], but because that's too big of a gap. Wii U is set to hit the middle of next year. Do they really want to let Nintendo have up to a year and a half's head start? Betting the farm on Nintendo pulling a Dreamcast is risky, risky business, especially when the parallels aren't there beyond 'launched too early'. They're better off doing it winter 2012, sucking up Christmas gift money with Halo 4 as their killer launch app. It's coming, but I think the analysts have the wrong year...
  • TheFabricOfTime - October 21, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    For the Real Steel trailer, I loled at all the ads put into one screen. Maybe it is legit... look to the left and you'll see Bing, also owned and created by... Microsoft... ?
  • inkyspot - October 21, 2011 2:44 a.m.

    Currently the budget isn't there for me for this. and 2nd, I will not be the one to buy a first generation new console every again, did that twice with PS2 and Xbox 360. If this si the case I would buy within a year after the release, unless they pull a GTA5 bundle on me.
  • Fox_Mulder - October 21, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    Yeah, I think this is too soon, but Microsoft will do what it wants. Really what I'm worried about is how Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo (not in order of preference) are going to tackle the process of how we're going to move our downloaded games n' such to the new consoles? Are they even going to do it at all? Will Achievements/Trophies be transferred over too? I would REALLY prefer to be able to hold on to my old-school classics on Wii, and my indie gems on PS3/360, this is really the first generation-transition where this matters, so I'm wondering and worried about how the Big 3 are going to handle this......
  • Gex4212 - October 21, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    The question you are asking is something that is already done.... everything is tied to your account all your downloads and trophies/Achievements. If you log on another Xbox u must retrieve it first and it will download all your achiemenets. With PS3 all your trophies are sync'd to their server(if u have been syncing them). Save games for PS3/360 are easily put on Thumb drives for portability while downloadable games can be retrieved through account management>Download/Purchase History
  • Letter11 - October 20, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    The timing seems right to me but I'm just scared with the next generation of consoles the publishers will say: "Due to rising productions costs and the in unpredictable nature of the gaming market the MSRP for current software will be $70"
  • Fox_Mulder - October 21, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    If so, god help us all........
  • Rowdie - October 21, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    That might not even keep up with inflation. It'd be a price cut.
  • Yeager1122 - October 20, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    2 or 3 year more years is a good amount of time for the next one 360 still has alot of life in it.
  • D0CCON - October 20, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    You mean the NXC (Next Xbox Console). Oh wait, that's what Sony would call it.
  • spideralex90 - October 20, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    I wonder if Rockstar is going to hold GTA 5 off until the next consoles come out. Anyhow, mid-late 2013 sounds about right.
  • Jrymanz - October 20, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    They will probably do like they did all the other GTA's. We might get another GTA but it will be like vice city or san andreas. A new game, but not the leap that 3 went to 4. They probably wait til the new consoles come out then make that leap to 5 with the new technology.
  • TheRandomFool - October 20, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    I'm calling it here and now. NEXTBOX Worship my foresight if this is correct, laugh if it is wrong.
  • LordZarlon - October 20, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    I hope Microsoft realizes that they can't just dump games support for the 360 immediately after the next xbox comes out. Last time they had the excuse that the original xbox was not the market leader. The 360 has been far more successful and can't be abandoned like the first one was. I realize that the new one will get the bulk of their support but there should be some support for the 360 for at least a year or two after the new one comes out.
  • playswithsquirrels - October 20, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    If it is the XBox 720, will the Wii U actually be the Wii 540? (Truth be told, my heart is still with Nintendo so no hate please, but my faith...not so much)
  • Gex4212 - October 21, 2011 8:47 a.m.

    why would u call it Wii 540? I dont see the logic lol
  • playswithsquirrels - October 21, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    You wouldn't actually, of course. The joke, albeit intentionally lame, was that the Wii U will be as powerful or slightly more powerful than current gen, but less than next gen consoles. So it's halfway between 360 and 720. Alternatively, you could say Wii 3.5 for the same joke with PS3.
  • bar1scorpio - October 20, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Is it a bad idea to put three "X"es in the name? No matter what you do with the logo, people are gonna think "Porn".
  • UberNoob - October 20, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    There has to be 3 X's as in XXX to really get people thinking about pr0n.
  • Rubberducky - October 20, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    The way MS is pushing it they're probably going to cram kinect in the title so it'll be called XBOX KiNext...

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