The latest Xbox rumour floating around cyberspace is that the next incarnation of Microsoft’s console will be unveiled within a year.
This is according to an article on Videogamer.com, which claims to have learned from a “high ranking” source at developer Crytek that the Xbox 720 (as it may or may not be called) is likely to be revealed at next year’s E3.
Apparently Crytek is developing TimeSplitters 4 with the CryEngine 3 for the Xbox 720 at the moment, complete with DX11 goodness on the visual front.
Of course, this is all vague speculation at this point. If the next Xbox was announced in a year’s time, it’d probably be out in another year, so we’d be looking at a summer 2013 launch.
Previously Microsoft has seemed to indicate that the next-gen console is still some way off, further than this we’d imagined. And don’t forget, Kinect was marketed as a refresh for the Xbox – a new platform in itself, and one that has only just been launched.
Sony is taking a similar stance with the PS4, and although it’s already under development (according to a comment from the company’s CFO), it’s still in the very early stages.
And now the PS3 is turning profitable, Sony’s likely to milk that as much as they can to recover some of its past losses.
Maybe the revelation of the new HD Nintendo Wii U at this year’s E3 has given both MS and Sony something to think about in pushing forward with development, but we’d still take this with the usual reach-for-the-salt-shaker recommendation.