Sony has had its fun with the reveal of the PlayStation 4 last week, showcasing its vision for the future of gaming with extended online functionality, sharing, hardware power and exciting new games, but according to reports Microsoft will aim to spoil the PS4 parade with an Xbox reveal in April.
Rumours Are All We’ve Got, Man!
The rumour first picked up steam after a Eventcore (formerly ustechs) website address registration was discovered. Not important on its own, but considering the URL in question was for www.xboxevent.com, and the fact that the company that registered the domain was previously responsible for registering www.xboxe312.com and is primarily an event organiser and host (having hosted a Microsoft summit before), the news becomes more relevant.
Added to that, industry watchers and commenters have been pointing to an April response to the PlayStation 4 announcement by Microsoft, with fuel to that fire being added by a tweet by CVG associate editor, Rob Crossley, who said:
“The next Xbox event is scheduled for April 26th, I’ve been told by someone I trust. Microsoft may change date, obvs, but diarise tentatively”
The Blind Leading the Blind
What reason do we have to believe the word of industry pundits and an associate editor?
No reason, but analysts like Michael Pachter are in the business of making predictions based on fact and consistently unsuccessful séances will have a detrimental impact on their public perceptions (not that Pachter seems to care) and careers. If anyone goes out of their way to ‘call it’ regarding a future Xbox reveal, they’re probably onto some good information.
When do you think the next Xbox from Microsoft will be revealed? Is April too late or just the right amount of time to get people excited for a full blow-out at E3 in June? Has Sony done enough to put Microsoft on the back foot with the PlayStation 4 reveal?
H33rsay is El33tonline’s round-up of game industry rumours and speculation where we have looks at unconfirmed and unannounced pieces of news emerging from anonymous tipsters, information leaks and generally dubious sources. It may not all be true, but it’s still fun to talk about!