Is Microsoft already teasing us with a "next Xbox" countdown?

Neowin: "Major Nelson, the blog where many Microsoft Xbox 360 announcements are made, has just posted a countdown clock to E3 2013, which could be a tease for the reveal of the next version of the game console.."

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GraveLord2117d ago

No, its just a countdown to E3...

lastofgen2117d ago (Edited 2117d ago )

except that Microsoft has never done this before on their I'm guessing it means they're doing something huge at e3 this year.

and e3 2013 does seem like the perfect time to announce and show off their next-gen xbox.

Abash2117d ago

Anyone who is not expecting the new Xbox at E3 this year are in denial

princejb1342117d ago

more kinect games
im kidding

i really hope is the next gen console

TheGamerDood2117d ago

The ball is in your court Sony.

LAWSON722117d ago

Something huge... to ms that means KINECT!

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NukaCola2117d ago

Sony has DESTINATION PLAYSTATION coming in 3 weeks. This is clearly MS getting ready to counter. I am expecting a bunch of teasing for next gen, so hype can be built for E3. But for the clock, MS has always gotten the opening spot for E3. It's been long enough. Look at the Wii U pulling a 1 year head start. Look at MS's insane lack of games, look at Sony pushing all their heavy exclusives before the summer. They are getting or have gotten all their current titles out to close out the year. Next gen consoles are coming.

kreate2117d ago

As long as its not something stupid. Imagine getting all hyped up and arguing for nothing.

kickerz2117d ago

I'm so pumped to see the next Xbox. still loving halo4 at the moment but dam looking forward to playing next gen games :) hope they stay wit the Xbox controller design :)

inveni02117d ago

Something "HUGE" means that Little Kim will come out and sing a song while a Kinect video plays.

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Tr10wn2117d ago

I should really bookmark this post so i can come back after the E3 event and laugh at all the "Something big is something to do with kinect" that'll be fun.

MikeMyers2117d ago

"The next xbox was said to be out last year with 100% confidence. will this be any different?"

By whom? Did Microsoft have a countdown timer last year like this?

"according to Microsoft they said last year that the 360 has more than two years left.
and also shane kim said the 360 will be around in 2015"

So. Sony said many years ago the PS3 had a 10 year cycle as well. That doesn't mean Sony was going to wait 10 years before they release the PS4. What that meant is they believe the PS3 will be available in production for that long. The PS2 was in production even longer than that but the PS3 came out 6 years after it came out.

Microsoft is also confident there will be support until at least 2015. Still don't mean that is the year the Xbox 720 comes out.

This year is an exciting time for me. Valve is rumored to have a Steambox. Both Sony and Microsoft could announce new hardware. Apple might even get into the mix or at least more news about iTV. Both Vita and the Wii U will have a big push this year. The PC is very alive and kicking ass as well. I just think Microsoft really needs to take a look at previous E3 events and do a much better showing. For the past few years they have been terrible from my perspective. They might do well as far as sales in the U.S. but it's hard to watch as a consumer.

LordZ2117d ago

Winter is coming.
One doesn't simply walk into E3.

Sp1d3ynut2117d ago

@ VickBoss

Shane Kim hasn't worked for MS in over 3 years, you idiot. What do you really think he knows about their interior dealings now?

DOMination-2117d ago

I actually think both xbox and playstation will be announced before e3.

That-Guy2117d ago

If it releases around the end of this year I am betting my money they'll make a reveal before E3.

inveni02116d ago

What's funny is that people actually expect the next XBox to be what they want it to be. Microsoft has been all miss for the last two to three years, with their only successes being third-party software. Sure, the big countdown may not be Kinect2, but it's not going to be a console with twin Nvidia 680 graphics cards, 16GB Ram, and an i7 Extreme, either.

If it is, I'll eat my hat.

Cr7ValkyrurXIII2116d ago

I hope at least Microsoft has some new Ip's because have to wait halos and Gears it's so annoying and tired. Wait a year for a new game not like the Ps3.

bobshi2116d ago

So if he posted a topless picture of himself in some kind of drunken rage would that mean the 720 is coming?

Just because it wasn't done before doesn't mean it relates to the 720.

An completely ridiculous assumption.

That doesn't mean I think we will not see a new console at E3. I do.

ThanatosDMC2116d ago

The only thing I dont like is I have a Kinect and now they're making a Kinect 2... so it's not gonna be compatible?

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Irishguy952117d ago (Edited 2117d ago )

I doubt it, with the recent news it really seems like the Xbox is set to reveal at E3. Well, it was expected anyhow.

Also, how often does Major nelson post a coutdown to E3? Never...really? Oh ok.

Oh in case anyone doesn't know, there's a rumor floating that MS is essentially finished the Nextbox. It's getting done now. All that's left is testing it at it's release stage extensively/

ziggurcat2117d ago

that may be, but it stands to reason that the next xbox (as well as the next playstation) will be announced at E3 this year.

IAMERROR2117d ago

They've never done this before, and this early? This must be special

Abdou232117d ago

SONY will most likely announce their console after E3:
1- To wait and see what Microsoft exactly have to offer.
2- To not ruin the sales of games like TLOU-Byeond.

I_am_Batman2117d ago

I don't think that they'll wait because even if they see what MS has to offer they won't have the time to react to it unless they want to release PS4 in 2015 or so. And I don't think an announcement would ruin TLou sales at all. Can't remember PS3 ruining any sales for late PS2 games especially when it's one of the most anticipated games to come.

On Topic: I think MS will annonce the Nextbox before E3 and show some games plus giving more details (like release date) at E3.

rainslacker2117d ago

I wouldn't doubt that Sony already has some idea of what MS will already do next gen, and vice versa. These companies cooperate a lot more than they compete. They also both have analysts which can look at what the other company is doing and make predictions on what is to come. Those predictions come from real fact checking and market trend predictions, and not wild speculation. On top of that, both these companies have numerous patents that they will be using off one another, and those were likely licensed well in advance of now.

Abdou232116d ago

I know they already have some strong info about the other console's specs ( ram - GPU ) but what i meant is that SONY might wait to see what the next XBOX console will be priced at, release window, models etc.

1Victor2117d ago

@ grave lord you're making a grave mistake as abash and others have pointed out M N have not put a countdown to E3 before.Now Sony is forced to show/tease their next system on their event amonth before E3 and price+ release date at TGS

churskux2117d ago

The new Xbox will probably be out by the end of next year, they will announce it this year at E3, show it a little bit more at E3 2014 and then release it a few months later

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Cocozero2117d ago

A countdown for nearly half a year must mean something big.

BanBrother2117d ago

If it is not XBOX 720, Alan Wake 2, Lost Odyssey 2, new Banjo Kazooie game or new Conkers Bad Fur Day game, count me out.

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Tr10wn2117d ago

wow lost odyssey i loved that game

000012117d ago

well...i would think if the new xbox were to launch this year, Microsoft would at least announce that the console exist well before E3'13, so as to start the hype train and advertisement. other than that, i guess the countdown clock is either Microsoft's way of generating some buzz for themselves having a big E3 presence or simply just a countdown to something else entirely around the same time frame.

iNathan2117d ago

MS is in a great position, alot of new studios built up from the ground, outstanding 3rd party support, tons of money to buy DLC/Exclusives and a huge huge huge brand with Xbox that is now everywhere, from Iphone, to Windows Phone 8 to Windows 8.

Root2117d ago

Sorry but I'm studios built up from the

I mean apart from the obvious ones 343, Lionhead, Rare, Black Tusk Studios and the ones that does all that Kinect crap

Root2117d ago

Disagrees for asking something

You guys are way too sensitive

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2117d ago

There are non next to 343 there is 000.

Dlacy13g2117d ago

No disagree's from me but here is a list of the 21 game studio's off of Wikipedia

United States:

343 Industries – Halo series

Connected Experiences – Untitled Project – Design Large scale multiplayer title and help other

Good Science Studio – Kinect Adventures, Kinect Fun Labs

Kids and Lifestyle Entertainment – Untitled Project

Microsoft Studios – Los Angeles – Untitled Project

Microsoft Studios – Mobile Gaming – ilomilo

Microsoft Studios – Redmond Publishing – Overseeing and co-developing multiple projects in conjunction with third party development studios

Platform Next Studios – Untitled Project

Playful Learning – Untitled Project

Skybox Sports – Untitled Project

Turn 10 Studios – Forza Motorsport series

Twisted Pixel Games – The Gunstringer, LocoCycle

Xbox Live Productions – South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!, South Park: Tenorman's Revenge, Avatar Kinect


Lionhead Studios – Fable series, Black & White series; Unannounced MMO-like New IP

Microsoft Studios – London – Untitled Free-To-Play Project

Rare Ltd. – Banjo-Kazooie series, Viva Piñata, Perfect Dark series, Kinect Sports series

Soho Productions – Kinect Sesame Street TV

Press Play – Untitled Project[23]


BigPark – Joy Ride series, Kinect Sports: Season Two

Black Tusk Studios – Untitled Project

Microsoft Studios Victoria – Untitled Project

ALLWRONG2117d ago

Root! you missed a few, and you made it way obvious.

Nice try though

Skips2117d ago (Edited 2117d ago )


Well I'm pretty certain about one thing given the past games the majority of the those studios have worked on.

There will be no shortage of Kinect titles. Probably the majority of their launch lineup could be all focused on Kinect given what kind of audience Microsoft has been aiming for the past couple of years.

Not saying it's bad, it's just not my thing : /

Root2117d ago


Most of them are Kinect titles in the making and I said not the obvious ones

So what are you actualy left with...titles that have been in the making since the begining of this gen but in the end will be Kinect titles.

DOMination-2117d ago

I have brought this up many times and always get the kinect excuse. The reality is only four of those 21 studios have made kinect games. Even if they were to do so again next gen that still leaves 17 studios. The Sony bias on n4g is in denial because for the last three years they have gotten used to a lack of first party content from ms (rightfully)

Soeaking of Sony.. They only have 12 studios now. One is SCE London which has only made singstar and eyepet games. San Diego only makes baseball games which only North America cares about. Ico and Cambridge who have released nothing between them this gen. That leaves 8 relevant studios. I seriously think people will be surprised when next gen hits..

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Abdou232117d ago

Actually Gaming wise Microsooft is being Crushed by SONY- Nintendo, those 2 have more Exclusives and successful ones.

AngelicIceDiamond2117d ago

Barley got our foot in 2013 and a possible mega ton announcement is already planned. 2 words

Bring It.