Next Xbox likely announced in 2013

One of the bigwigs at Microsoft – Larry Hryb, also known as “Major Nelson” through his Xbox gamertag – has put a countdown online: 159 days until the Electronic Entertainment Expo. What could be announced?

We think we know, and it’s likely to be the next and third generation of Microsoft’s gaming console.

Currently codenamed the Xbox 720 – because 360 twice equals 720 – the new gaming console has been rumoured for quite some time, with a hoped announcement year of 2012, although as we’ve seen, it wasn’t to be.

While we suspect game developers are at work building titles for the as-yet-unannounced system, we can probably anticipate better graphics, faster processing power, a new wireless chip to improve transfer speeds, and we’re hoping for some backwards compatibility with current Xbox 360 titles.

The time is certainly right, however, for Microsoft to release a new console, with the Xbox 360 now seven years old.

Meanwhile, the pressure is on for Sony to unveil its own upgrade for the PlayStation 3, a gaming console that has been available for six years, while Nintendo released a follow-up to the Wii in the form of the Wii U just last year.

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