Next-Generation Xbox being unveiled May 21

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Remember back when there was supposed to be a media event on April 24 (by Jove, that’s today!) to unveil the next generation Xbox, and then that super secret event was reportedly moved to May? Well, that rumour is now pretty much truth – because Microsoft will be unveiling the new Xbox on May 21.

The presentation is to be held in Redmond to a small group, but will also be streamed live on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Spike TV in the US and Canada – where you’ll be able to find out everything you need to know about the next console from the folks at Microsoft. And honestly? It’s about time. Sony revealed details of its impending PlayStation 4 back in February, and has garnered much favour from gamers as a result. Microsoft’s silence regarding its own console – and the persistent rumours of a necessary perpetual internet connection –  hasn’t exactly helped quell the tide of gamers threatening to jump ship.

It’s rumoured to be  ditching the PowerPC setup of the current Xbox for a more traditional, very PC-like x86 architecture. Reportedly packing 8Gb of DDR3 RAM, it may also ship with stripped sown XBOX 360 for backwards compatibility, and a little extra processing power.  Much like Sony’s Playstation4, it will essentially be a PC.

“On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada,” says Major Nelson.

“On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the  Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.”

We’ll find out on May 21, I guess.

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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