Sources point to 2013 launch for 'Xbox Next'

Microsoft and industry partners are working towards a 2013 launch of the next generation Xbox, Develop understands.

Multiple sources across the industry, from processor chip manufacturers to middleware firms, have told Develop they expect the console to be fully unveiled at E3 2013, months before its release. The collection of data points to a 2013 launch for the system across all main regions, though early 2014 remains a possibility.

Few in the games business expect Xbox Next to be in stores before the holiday side of 2013 – this Christmas and the next will likely see Microsoft marketing software for Xbox 360, Windows Phone and its Kinect motion controller.

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fluffydelusions3571d ago

If it revolves around Kinect as the 360 is now, I'm not purchasing.

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richie007bond3571d ago

I couldn't agree more, its about bloody time to, by the time the next xbox launches the 360 will be 8 years old

tdogchristy903571d ago

As long as I get my AC3 on current consoles, I'll be happy. It's the last franchise I need to finish.

Nes_Daze3571d ago

I wonder what types of features it will have, MS will probably want to expand on Kinect since it is doing so good in taking a chunk out of Nintendo's casual market.

SixShotCop3571d ago

No doubt about MS pushing Kinect even further. What I want is for all next gen Xbox games to have mandatory installs like PC. I'm also hoping the next Xbox will let me stream mkv & all mp4 files. I find it absolutely retarded that I can't do this on the 360.

koehler833571d ago

I think both Microsoft and Sony are likely targeting holiday 2013 for their next launches. It wouldn't surprise me if they both launched on the same day.

cl19833571d ago

I'd love to see how Gamestop, and BestBuy handle the releases if they would release same day.

EliteDave933571d ago

Announcement E3 2013 and release late 2013 or very early 2014 i guess then.

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