Thursday, January 10, 2013

E3 Countdown Result To Next Xbox Rumors

Although nothing has become official, there are indications that the next Xbox may be unveiled in the E3 trade event this coming June.

A timer was posted on the blog of the director of programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hyrb. The post simply displays “Countdown to E3 2013” along with a link to the event’s official website. The E3 event, where the next Xbox may be launched, is set to be held in Los Angeles from June 11 to 13

However, it may be possible for the E3 countdown to mean something other than the next Xbox. It may hint at a new version of the Halo video game or the reported Xbox Surface tablet. Microsoft is expected to make a big announcement for the event, which the company usually makes a day before the event.

Since the Xbox 360 is over seven years old, a number of reports have hinted at the possible launch of the next Xbox in the near future. The 2013 E3 trade show may be the best event for Microsoft to launch the product since it is among the biggest trade events in the United States.

The next Xbox is expected to come with a number of enhancements in its memory, processing power, and graphics. It may also feature a Blu-ray player along with an enhanced Kinect motion controller. Some other features that consumers are expecting the next Xbox to offer are 3D sound and an “always on” feature.

Augmented reality glasses may also be offered in the future for the next Xbox. Reports have also hinted at the possibility that an Xbox Mini will be released by Microsoft to go up against the Apple TV and Roku.  This particular product is expected to focus on casual gaming and video streaming.

Industry watchers have speculated on a number of issues about the console once it is released into the market. Among the issues that has dogged industry watchers is the whether the next Xbox is backward-compatible. Reports have emerged on the possibility that the next Xbox will not be backward-compatible, which means games designed for the older models of the console cannot be played on the new Xbox.

This is just one of the questions that will be answered later on once the next Xbox is finally released into the market by Microsoft.

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