A cryptic tweet from an Xbox engineer suggests that Microsoft is making an Xbox One related announcement at noon today. We’ve gathered up the most likely predictions here.
With E3 2016 quickly approaching, it’s a safe bet that all of the major gaming studios and publishers are about to have a lot of announcements to make. Some companies try to keep things a secret until the big weekend, while others know that leaks are inevitable and start to drop some news early to stay ahead of the curve. It looks like Microsoft may be dropping one of those early announcements later today.
Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra posted a tweet last night that was very cryptic. He didn’t offer any context or details, but started a countdown of 13 hours with the hashtag: #Xbox.
~13.5 hours. #Xbox— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) May 17, 2016
There are still a few hours left until the countdown is over, but gamers already have some big theories about what Ybarra is teasing. The most unlikely scenario is that today will be the reveal of a hardware upgrade for the Xbox One. If Microsoft is working on an upgrade, like many rumors suggest, that definitely seems like the kind of thing that the company will want to roll out on stage at E3, not on a seemingly random Tuesday afternoon.
The much more likely scenario is that Ybarra was teasing the reveal of a backward compatibility release for Call of Duty: Black Ops. A few screenshots have surfaced this morning showing off COD: Black Ops listed on the Xbox One dashboard, so it seems quite possible that this is today’s big announcement.
The Call of Duty hype train has been in full force since the trailer for Infinite Warfare made the game official, so it makes sense that today’s announcement would follow up on that buzz. The Infinite Warfare trailer wasn’t well-received by the internet, but Black Ops is a modern classic and there’s no doubt that fans of the franchise would love to return to that installment from the comfort of the Xbox One.
In addition to those two theories, there’s always the chance the the countdown is to something else that we haven’t even thought it. Ybarra works closely on updates for the Xbox One and Windows 10, so there’s also the possibility that the announcement will relate more closely to UI or the console’s software. The countdown ends around noon today, so stay tuned for updates on what the official announecment is.
What do you expect today’s announcement to be? Let us know in the comments.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare releases November 4, 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.