By Jared Newman | Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:04 am
Nintendo might not be the only company showing off a new game console at E3 in June. An anonymous source told Develop that Microsoft could announce a new Xbox console at the trade show.
The source supposedly spotted a very early build of the Xbox 360 successor at Electronic Arts’ offices, stored inside a PC shell.
“Quite often when new consoles come around they’re packaged into a PC shell, but actually what’s inside is an entirely new console,” said the source, who Develop described as “a senior, trusted, well-placed” individual who is not employed at Microsoft or EA.
(Props to Develop, by the way, for qualifying its anonymous source with a bit of detail for readers — a rarity in games and tech journalism.)
Details on Microsoft’s next game console are practically non-existent. Develop expects that it’ll have “enhanced support for Kinect with just a couple of alterations,” and the source expects an E3 announcement followed by a 2012 launch, but it’s hard to tell from the report where inside information ends and speculation begins.
Yes, it would make sense for Microsoft to steal Nintendo’s thunder with its own console announcement, but only if Microsoft has something substantial to show. From what we’ve heard so far about the Wii’s successor, both in rumors and official information, Nintendo’s reveal won’t just be smoke and mirrors. Meanwhile, we’ve heard very little about new Xbox hardware, except that Microsoft was hiring engineers in March.
But I’m almost certain that more unofficial information will bubble up as E3 gets closer. Rumors tend to beget more rumors where games and tech are concerned.