It’s official: Microsoft will unveil its Xbox 360 successor on May 21. The company sent out invitations for an event teasing its next-generation gaming console to be held at the Xbox Campus in Redmond, Wash.
“On that day, we’ll share our vision for the Xbox and give you a real taste of the future,” Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb wrote in a blog post announcing the event.
The new Xbox unveiling is set to take place just ahead of June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, where fans, media and developers get a sneak peek at the biggest gaming releases for 2013.
Microsoft will finally take the wraps off its new video game system next month, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning. Believed to be called the Xbox 720, the next-generation device is rumored to come with an AMD system-on-a-chip codenamed “Jaguar,” a user interface similar to Windows 8 and a price point set between $300 and $500.
Earlier this month gamers were up-in-arms over a rumor suggesting that the next-generation Xbox would require a constant Internet connection. Former Microsoft executive Adam Orth sparked controversy via Twitter when he tweeted that he doesn’t “get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console,” followed by the hash tag “#dealwithit.” Orth stepped down from his position at Microsoft shortly following the incident.
Microsoft hasn’t uttered a word about what to expect from its new Xbox, but patents from the company hint at some exciting prospects. One patent filing suggests a peripheral gaming system with augmented reality eyewear could be in the works, but we’ll have to wait until May 21 to see exactly what Microsoft has in store.