Invitations today went out to select members of the press inviting them to an event where Microsoft's next-gen Xbox is planned to be unveiled. At 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Microsoft's Xbox Campus in Redmond Washington, expect, "A New Generation Revealed." The date coincides with the large amount of rumors which have also pointed to this date. What comes next?
Major Nelson has updated his blog with a countdown and some early details for fans to look forward to:
"On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada."
Microsoft has done a good job of stripping even the invitation of any details we'd be able to stretch and speculate off of. We see an Xbox logo which could just as easily be from the Xbox 360 as from any next-gen product. "New Generation Revealed" implies the announcement of the console fairly clearly, but there are no hints at the name or the company's future direction. Damn, Microsoft, give us something to work with here.
Major Nelson's blog is a little more open. The fact that he states the next Xbox will be a new generation of, "games, TV and entertainment," rather than just games is... well, expected. It's worth noting that Sony made no effort to appeal to the TV/entertainment crowd, focusing entirely on games and gamers. Again, not unexpected. With the rumors the next Xbox is focusing on a ton of TV functionality, we doubt games will be the entire focus of the event. Will they still be the headliner, even?
No invitation for Neoseeker to attend, but we'll be right here watching with you and ready to drop all of the next-gen Xbox details as we hear them. And of course, expect dozens of rumors between then and now, too. Hooray, it's official! Now watch XboxEvent.com and if it goes down yell about the evils of always online functionality.