Major Nelson Teases Major Xbox Announcement at E3 2013

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Yesterday we shared Metacritic’s report of video games in 2012 being of a lesser quality than the year prior, at least according to review scores. That’s partly a function of the aged current console generation where some franchises are seeing third, fourth, even fifth (and beyond) installments come out for the same console, more often then not, failing to offer significant innovation.

We found it interesting then that only two days into the new year and Major Nelson (Larry Hryb, Director of Programming for Xbox Live) is spotlighting Microsoft’s presence at E3 2013.

Taking to Twitter and his personal blog, Major Nelson posted a countdown timer that points to June 11, 2013, the first day of this year’s annual E3 event in Los Angeles.

Why highlight this now? We know Microsoft will be there with a press conference and a massive booth. It’s because they have something major to announce, and we expect it’s more than new installments in core franchises or more Kinect/Xbox Live functions.

Rumors over the last two years – especially recently – strongly hint towards the possible release of the next-generation Xbox console this fall, or at the very latest, 2014. With the last few E3 presentations from Microsoft focusing on Xbox Live features, Kinect gimmicks and new installments in their exclusive franchises, it’s become old and they need to do something big and new. Halo 4 and Forza Horizon already released, Gears of War: Judgment is on the way, and these installments have exhausted their lives on the Xbox 360.

We have a strong feeling that by E3 we will at least have an announcement for Microsoft’s next hardware platform, whether or not it releases for the 2013 holiday season. Such an announcement would be timed well with Halo 5 unveil and perhaps even the next exciting games from Bungie and BioWare.

With a new Xbox also comes the new Kinect, and Microsoft needs to showcase how it can work for “core” games after the repeated disappoints fans received in the form of Kinect Star Wars, Fable: The Journey and Steel Battalion.

Is it about time for Microsoft and Sony to showcase new consoles?

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Source: Major Nelson

TAGS: E3 2013, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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  • Fisch

    I really really need a new Fallout. That is my craving, that is my need. Bethesda, hear my cry!

  • COREY_1993

    major nelson XD i remember watching something about a COD live event and he was the presenter, he was interviewing vonderharr or someone high up in the game and the guy said “playing on these playstations” hahahaha. You seen Major’s eyes turn red and he instantly corrected him… funny stuff

    Wow, maybe a new console huh. Hopefully Sony also has an answer to the next gen console because the 360 got a MASSIVE head start and it screwed Sony up. Sure they are fastly catching up to the 360 now but damn Microsoft got in there and won over a lot of playstation gamers.

    Also Bungie is going multiplatform with the next game and bioware is a multiplatform dev.

    • Dextkiller

      Microsoft also lost a lot of players by releasing the console before it was ready.

  • L2404

    I really hope they announce their next gen console already!! I like the hype and all, but it’s getting kinda boring already, come on, cut all the BS and give me a NEW, DIFFERENT, INNOVATIVE, INTUITIVE, FUN, GOOD console to play, and I’ll easily buy it!

  • Polybius

    I really do hope that Microsoft soon learns that their Kinect can only do so much and attract a certain market. I havent seen an Xbox ad, campaign or event that doesn’t try to cram a Kinect down our throats in a long time. I don’t want to “be the controller”, I just want to sit down and play a game to good old fashion way. But I would love to see a larger emphasis on downloadable games and Games on Demand.

  • Dextkiller

    Okay, no. In my opinion they should not release the consoles this year UNLESS they are ABSOLUTELY PREPARED. I don’t want another red-ring situation I’m going to have to deal with because Microsoft jumped the gun again before the system was ready.

    • Rob Keyes

      That’s a good point. Not only from the hardware side of things, but from the software. I don’t want a “launch window” lineup full of ports and games that don’t take advantage of its new capabilities.