The Xbox 720 rumors continue to roll in. A new report suggests the console could, in fact, be ready for release in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season.
This newest report comes from Bloomberg, which says a knowledgeable source told the publication that Microsoft is getting ready to release a new Xbox later next year.
That same source also reportedly told Bloomberg that Microsoft is still trying to figure out when and where it will announce the newest member of the Xbox video game family. The source indicated Microsoft was leaning towards making the announcement at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, popularly known as E3. E3 will be held in mid-June.
However, there are also rumblings that Microsoft is considering eschewing E3 in favor of holding an standalone event to introduce the world to its next-gen console. Such a move would not be unprecedented, but it would represent a bit of a shake-up to the industry’s traditional model for new product launches.
As usual, Microsoft is remaining mum on the matter.
The big question is not necessarily when Microsoft will announce and release an Xbox 720, but if the company will unveil two Xbox products instead of just one.
Last week’s hottest gaming rumor involved reports that Microsoft is working on a “mini” Xbox 720 capable of streaming video and downloading less demanding games like Limbo or Braid. Such a device would reportedly cost a lot less than a full Xbox 720, which would be able to play next-gen versions of Halo, Gears of War, etc.
In the meantime, the Xbox 360 remains quite popular. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft sold 750,000 units during the Thanksgiving period alone.
So, what do you want from a new Xbox?
Here’s hoping the Bloomberg source starts rolling out information about the device’s hardware specifications, price and an early launch lineup soon.