It’s finally official, folks. After much rumor and speculation, Microsoft has finally announced that it is indeed working on a follow-up console to the Xbox 360, and it’s scheduled to be unveiled on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific. According to the press release, the event will “mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV, and entertainment.”
In recent years, Microsoft has done a lot to integrate the traditional Xbox console with tablets and smartphones, so it stands to reason that the next Xbox will include significant advances in this area. Microsoft has, after all, worked hard to transition the Xbox brand from a console to a comprehensive entertainment service. A more powerful version of Xbox SmartGlass wouldn’t be too surprising, providing an even greater degree of control over your console with a mobile device. It will be interesting to see how the console and related services compare to Sony’s PlayStation 4, which was announced back in February.
The invite-only Xbox event, officially dubbed “A New Generation Revealed,” will be held at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, WA on May 21 at 10:00 a.m. There will, however, be a live stream on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE, and even Spike TV. Are you ready for the next generation of entertainment? It’s been a long time in coming.[Major Nelson]