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Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the media for a press event at its Redmond campus in Washington. The event will kick off at 10:00 AM on May 21, 2013, at which point Microsoft is expected to announce its next generation Xbox game console, lest its invitation is grossly misleading.

"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 U.S. or Canada," Microsoft announced on its Major Nelson blog. "On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future."

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Microsoft said it will "continue the conversation" at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 19 days later where it will unveil its full lineup of blockbuster titles for the next Xbox (codenamed Durango).

One of the biggest questions gamers want answered is whether or not the next Xbox will require an always-on Internet connection, as has been rumored. It's such a hot topic that a Microsoft Studios employee ultimately lost his job after arguing with fans on Twitter over the concept of always-on appliances. It will also be interesting to see how the hardware compares to Sony's PlayStation 4 console, which was unveiled earlier this year.
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ajm531 replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 4:02 PM

Please dont pull a sony. Please actually show us a product and dont have and reveal event to reveal that the product will be revealed later in the year. I want demos. I want specs. I want to see the device.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 4:04 PM

ummmm i dont know how or why but i commented the same comment twice. I did not mean to and if i click the edit button it gives me an error and tells me that the resources are not available so i couldnt change or make that comment this comment

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Marco C replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 4:11 PM

No sweat.  Deleted the dupe.  Thanks.

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 5:09 PM

I doubt they will pull a Sony. The next gen Xbox has been rumored for so long that everyone is waiting. I don't know about demos and whatnot but the actual product should be there along with complete specs, ect.

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Johnny3D replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 7:24 PM

A few days before my birthday! Nice... not that they're going to give me one of these for my birthday, but I'm interested to get the hard facts on what's going on with the next generation Xbox system.

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Kidbest100 replied on Wed, Apr 24 2013 11:40 PM

I need to know these specs! :D

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Lets just hope they don't overheat and die......

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I'm pretty excited about this. Hopefully it can put up a fight against the ps4 specs. I'm also really curious to see what kinect like features they will add...

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Clixxer replied on Thu, Apr 25 2013 1:37 PM

Well the PS4 and Xbox will have similar hardware from AMD, the question is how well developers utilize that hardware for a better games.

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Not looking forward to it being "always online." I have enough bills to pay as it is being a recent college graduate.

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Clixxer replied on Fri, Apr 26 2013 3:11 PM

Well hopefully the "always online" is a huge rumor and not reality. They would be screwing themselves to alot of their fanbase to do that.

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