RUMOR: Xbox 720 Coming Holidays 2013

Bloomberg is reporting news that won’t come as a shock to anyone passingly familiar with the economics of the gaming industry: Microsoft is, according to sources, planning to unveil the next generation Xbox console during the 2013 holiday season.

The console, currently code-named ‘Durango’, referred to by everyone in the world as ‘Xbox 720′ and rumored to called simply ‘Xbox’, will apparently launch almost one year to the day after Wii U. Bloomberg’s sources are described only as “people familiar with the company‚Äôs plans,” and predictably, Microsoft declined comment, but the news makes sense. The company would almost certainly not want to let two years go by before competing directly with Wii U, especially as that system will, probably, eventually showcase true next-gen games by the end of next year.

We’ll still take this one with a grain of salt, however.

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4 Comments on RUMOR: Xbox 720 Coming Holidays 2013

GarynDakari

On November 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Well, that does seem fairly likely. My prediction for a while has been that at either/or MS or Sony will announce a new console early-ish next year, then release it either late in the year, or early/mid 2014.

Who knows though…Still just a rumor. But I highly doubt MS and Sony will wait too much longer.

Slyme

On December 1, 2012 at 4:08 am

Whatever happened to this supposed ‘ten year cycle’ for seventh-gen consoles? It’ll be barely seven years if the rumour is proven true. From what I can tell, there’s plenty of life left in PS3 and 360. Instead of rushing its successor to release for the sake of a quick sales spike, how about encouraging the release of more independent games? The next consoles are not so essential to the current franchises that they need to be released in the next few months. Uncharted 4 doesn’t need PS4, for example. I’d much rather wait until there’s an influx of new IPs lined up for PS4 that represent genuine evolution of a genre, and aren’t just prettier sequels or yearly updates of current-gen games that cost more money.

Axetwin

On December 1, 2012 at 4:38 am

Well to be fair, only Sony said they had a 10 plan for the PS3. However, its probably a lot like the 10 year plan for the PS2. At about the 7th or 8th year, the next console is released but Sony will continue to support the previous console for the next couple years.

uber

On December 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I will be glad when the next round of consoles begin. The current ones are holding graphics progression hostage and beating it like a red headed step child.