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Rumor: Microsoft to announce Xbox 360 successor at E3 next month

The source, who does not work for either Microsoft or EA, claims that the new system is housed in a PC case, which happens "quite often" with early dev kits, and speculates that a surprise announcement could be on the way.

"Why let Nintendo steal the thunder in June [At E3]? It doesn’t want to lose momentum," said the source. "That’s why I think Microsoft is rushing to make an announcement at E3."

Another source, however, told Eurogamer that an E3 announcement is "highly unlikely."

We have to agree. While we know that a Nintendo announcement is coming, we'd be surprised if Microsoft sprung a hardware announcement on us this year - it might appear to be a desperate attempt to outdo Nintendo. A few hints this year, and an announcement at next year's E3 seems much more plausible. You never know, though... E3 2011 may be an especially exciting show.

[Sources: Develop, Eurogamer]

May 6, 2011

Associate Editor, Digital at PC Gamer