Microsoft may have pushed the Xbox 720 launch event back a month from the heavily rumoured April announcement.
According to a tweet from Paul Thurrott, the person behind the Microsoft Supersite, has sources deep within Microsoft and was one of the first to tease an April reveal, the Xbox 720 launch isn’t happening until May.
“That April Xbox announce? Pushed back a month”, the original tweet from Thurrott reads.
However, further details were uncovered when other Twitter users reacted to the delayed launch event. After one tweet suggested that they believed the April launch would still happen, Thurrott quickly replied with: “We’ll see what happens May 21, actually”.
Microsoft Xbox Live’s Director of Programming, Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson, currently has a countdown timer on his blog running down to June 11, the first day of the E3 2013 games conference.
When asked about an E3 2013 unveiling, Thurrott confirmed an Xbox 720 presence, saying there would be “stuff in May, stuff at E3, stuff at Build” in a tweet posted later.
Finally, when asked about an official Xbox 720 release date, Thurrott was unabashed and tipped the release date for sometime in November.
Although Microsoft has yet to officially acknowledge that the next-generation Xbox 720, or Xbox Durango is currently in production, Thurrott’s tweet could throw the heavily rumoured April 26 launch date out the window. If the May 21 Xbox 720 launch is true, Microsoft’s next-generation console will touch down a little under 3 months after Sony’s PS4 unveiling.
Xbox 720 Rumours
The future rival of the existing Nintendo Wii U and upcoming PS4 consoles, the Xbox 720 is alleged to play host to an eight-core processor with 8GB of RAM and would dispose the modular HDD design of the Xbox 360 for a fixed hard drive.
Rumours suggest the Xbox 720 could feature two separate CPUs for dedicated multimedia and gaming processing units, with the remodelled Kinect 2 motion gaming peripheral playing a major part in the next-gen console’s UI. It could also boast the much-debated Xbox TV content streaming service, and 3D technology for fully immersive gaming.
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