As of April 17th, 2013 Microsoft has yet to make any official statement about any console in development by their company.
This, when paired with Sony’s February PS4 reveal, has lead to months of speculation that is rare even for the videogame industry. Everyone with a keyboard and internet connection has weighed in on what the latest rumors are and what it means for the future of the 720/Durango.
Some leaks have seemed more plausible than others, even if just by virtue of how frequently they have been supported by various sources. Others have popped up on random blogs or websites with words like:
“Possible Leaks Confirmed”
“Potential 720 Specs”
“Leaked Durango Documents”
And my favorite- “Sources Say”
Who are the sources? It could be your cousin’s cat groomer for all we know. Regardless, it has been an interesting few months, and although slightly entertaining, it is getting old fast.
The current “rumor” puts Microsoft announcing their next console at an event towards the end of May, 2013, which will be nice if it indeed happens. The videogame industry has become big business over the past decade or so, and their are plenty of fans waiting to hear what Microsoft has in store for us.
As it stands, I think the latest round of rumors has changed the “always online” aspect to just a certain portion of the console. VGleaks has a report saying the TV and Game components will be sold separately and still falls inline with the more substantiated leaks up to this point. Kinect 2.0 is included, games may/should/need to be downloaded to a hard-drive, may end up blocking used games or at least controlling access somehow, may be backwards compatible….blah…blah…blah.
Google it if you feel out of the loop, last I checked there were 88,000,000 results for the Xbox 720 so you should have enough to keep you busy. For the rest of us, looks like we will be waiting till May for now.