It appears that we are finally going to get the official details about Microsoft’s next generation Xbox. The company sent out official press invites today for a gathering that will be held at their Redmond campus on May 21st. The invite, entitled “A New Generation Revealed,” states that the event will start at 10 a.m. and will feature Don Mattrick and the Xbox team on the “Xbox campus for a special unveiling.” The event invite includes the hashtag “XboxReveal” so there’s really no doubting what this is about.
Per the confirmation email that followed, attendees should arrive to by 9:15 a.m. The location and exact address and onsite details for the event will be sent out on May 6th. Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, better known as “Major Nelson” wrote on his blog that May 21 will:
“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.”
“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.”
At this event we expect to get our first look and information about the long rumored Xbox 720 or whatever they plan to call it. In addition, we’ll probably see the next evolution of Microsoft’s motion-tracking Kinect technology. The reveal will come at least a month after it was originally anticipated and nearly 3 months after Sony announced the PlayStation 4. If rumors prove to be true, the next Xbox will be a true entertainment hub that can not only play video games but serve as a cable box too. The Kinect is said to have gotten major improvements too, having been refined to the point where it can pick up even subtle eye movement, according to the Verge. While I’m sure that the new Kinect will be improved in many ways, reliably tracking subtle eye movement is no easy task so I’ll have to see that to believe it.
So there you have it folks, all we have to do now is wait.