NEXT XBOX being revealed May 21. PLUS more XBOX news than your knobs can handle!

Steve Ballmer is ready.

Come one, come all into your one-stop for today’s collection of Nextbox rumors. Most significant is the seeming confirmation that we won’t be getting a reveal of Microsoft’s new money-maker until May. Son of a bitch. Previous rumors had pointed towards this month, but for whatever reason it shant come to pass. My guess on the delay? I propose that Steve Ballmer is still scraping the remains of that errant Microsoft creative director who trolled fans off the walls of Microsoft’s floating fortress. You ever see that guy go full Scanners on an employee? It’s terrifying.


Here’s your round-up of Durango rumors for today: Bloomberg says the next Xbox won’t be backwards-compatible, and The Verge‘s Microsoft expert Tom Warren confirms a Paul Thurrott report that Microsoft plans to announce their new console on May 21.

The Verge:

Microsoft had originally been planning to unveil its next-generation Xbox details at an event in April, but The Verge has learned that the company has pushed this back to May. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, and we understand this date is accurate. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.


Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans have revealed that the event will be at a small venue with a focus on providing the very first details on the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, and Microsoft’s plans for Xbox in 2013. Recent rumors have focused on reports that Microsoft’s next Xbox may require an always-on internet connection. Comments by Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth, asking why there was drama over the always-on rumors and telling people to #dealwithit, forced Microsoft to issue an official apologyThe Vergeunderstands that Microsoft has reminded employees that any communications about the next-generation Xbox must remain confidential, following Orth’s comments.

Microsoft’s next Xbox is expected to debut later this year, with a full unveiling at E3 in early June. Microsoft recently revealed that Xbox is part of the agenda for its Build conferencein late June, where developers will likely learn about the company’s next-generation plans. We understand that the next-generation Xbox software will be based on Windows 8, feeding into Microsoft’s strategy of placing Windows at the heart of its products and services. With an Xbox event in late May, alongside E3 and Build in june, it’s shaping up to be a busy summer for Xbox.