Did Microsoft Just Announce the Next Xbox with a Countdown? Probably.

Did Microsoft just announce the next Xbox for E3 2013 with a countdown? Place your bets.

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Larry Hryb

Go countdowns, saving marketing departments untold piles of cash! Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, colloquially known by his Xbox LIVE handle “Major Nelson,” just threw one up on his blog, and it’s causing precisely the sort of speculative stir the company doubtless intended.

“And it’s on…” reads the ultra-austere post, followed by a simple Flash-based timer titled “Counting down to E3 2013″ (cribbed from a generic countdown-building site).

“O rly?” as a certain memetic predator might say.

I won’t speculate past the probability of the new console itself — everything I’ve noticed about specs and pricing amounts to echo chamber gossip. If you’d rather just goof around, hop on over to NeoGAF, where gamers go mostly to make fun of each other (and everything between), and you’ll find a rollicking thread full of cracks, quips, the usual goofy/creepy animated GIFs and occasional chants of “Let’s go, Durango” (“Durango” is supposedly what the next Xbox’s development kits are codenamed).

Could the countdown be to anything but the next Xbox? At this point, much as I’d like to see Microsoft wait another year or two before introducing new hardware to give developers more time to do amazing things with the Xbox 360’s more than competent internals, and as gimmicky as countdowns are, this one’s punchline feels inexorable.

Besides, imagine the disappointment in five months if it turned out to be simply a new franchise, the next Halo or heaven forbid, a standalone “Kinect 2.”

7 comments
TristanEdwards
TristanEdwards

LOL. 


Dude.. No new Xbox.  More like all in one media box.  Cable gaming internet all of it from this one stupid box. 
Microsoft did what they could. It's time for people to stop being dumbasses and buy a GAMING PC.

sidman135
sidman135 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Why is the author so brain dead? How in any sense of the word is the xbox 360 still "competent" in terms of hardware. It is over six years out of date and developers are constantly saying that the console version of games will not be up to par to the pc counterpart due to HARDWARE limitations. We are now overdue for consoles. If all this author likes to play is some horrible arcade games, the graphics are fine. Just play Wii. But for the majority of actual gamers, we want new consoles, and we want them now.

DanMan'99
DanMan'99

@sidman135  Agreed. The xbox 360 will have been out for 8 years this fall, the longest any console has been out and not replaced in recent history.

DanMan'99
DanMan'99

It's the Durango. Halo 4 pushed the Xbox 360's hardware to its' absolute limit (really). And with many publishers saying they plain to release a game for the next generation Xbox/PlayStation before February 2014, it's coming. All of the next generation consoles will be here in the fall (well, hopefully the PS4 or Orbis or whatever you want to call it won't be here until early February).

Heian
Heian

@DanMan'99 Well that sure is a well-substantiated claim you've got there, with all the facts and sources laid out! Concise and thoughtful.

 Internet sarcasm may not be captured by you here. That's what that was. Because you were vague and didn't make any actual references to anything. I wanted to be clear on that.

DanMan'99
DanMan'99

@Heian @DanMan'99  I trust IGN on this, as I have seen both claims on IGN, which should be a trustworthy resource for a gamer. I admit, I do like Microsoft more then Sony, so the last part is personal opinion. I am sorry if I didn't make myself clear.

DanMan'99
DanMan'99

Early February 2014, I mean.