New Xbox May be Announced This March

By Chris Poirier | Posted January 14, 2013 70 comments

XboxLogoWith E3 some 5 months away, and the Xbox 360 slowly but surely leaving the spotlight, all eyes are on the next Xbox. Although initially expected to be formally announced at the expo, a rumor has begun circulating that the new console may be unveiled much earlier than anticipated.  As first reported in the February 2013 issue of Game Informer,  both Microsoft and Sony are purportedly planning special, “apple style” press events to introduce their respective next-generation platforms.

This doesn’t come as a total surprise, however. Durango dev kits have been spotted in the wild (one early version somehow ended up on ebay last summer), and the console itself may have been released to manufacturing last month. Additionally, showcasing the hardware early would afford Microsoft the opportunity to focus on launch software at E3. Expect the press event to focus on design, features, and hardware.  A full reveal, including launch software, release date, and price would be likely to follow at E3, with all of the pomp and circumstance one would come to expect from a console launch. 2010′s Kinect world premiere event saw an arena full of space ponchos and Cirque du Soleil; what does Microsoft have in store for the launch of their next major console?

As Microsoft and Sony race to get their new systems on store shelves, it has become apparent that this console generation is coming to an end – and with it, so goes the Durango nomenclature.  The new hardware’s official name, along with design and specs will be announced sooner rather than later. On that token, let’s have a bit of fun – give  us your best guess as to when Durango will be officially announced, and what the system’s final name is in the comment section below by Friday, February 1. Closest answer to the actual details wins a free year of Xbox Live!

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 8:22 pm
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Contest, Durango, Xbox, Xbox LIVE
  • http://twitter.com/saulw Saul Valencia

    March 27

    • http://twitter.com/BetaChris Chris Poirier

      What about the name?

  • Saul Valencia

    March 27

    • http://twitter.com/BetaChris Chris Poirier

      What about the name?

  • http://twitter.com/JCinWinupd8 Jey Si

    Xbox 720 on February 5, 2013 :)

  • http://twitter.com/JCinWinupd8 Jey Si

    Xbox 720 on February 5, 2013 :)

  • tN0

    My guess is that they will introduce three devices:

    - The actual new Xbox bundled with Kinect 2, capable of 4k gaming and backwards compatibility for 360 games. Maybe with an integrated Blu-Ray drive. But I’m not so sure about that. They may simply call this the new “Xbox”.
    - a very low-prized set-top box that only can run TV, Xbox Video and Music, Skype, IE and arcade games. Maybe “Xbox TV” or “Xbox Lite” or something.
    - “Surface for Xbox”, a 7″ super cheap tablet that doesn’t run Windows but can be used as a second display for both new Xboxes and as a reading device for websites and ebooks. But their plans may have changed so that they may use Windows RT without Office for 7″ devices and let OEMs build these super low prize consumption tablets.

    We will see. It will be a lot of fun! :)

  • tN0

    My guess is that they will introduce three devices:

    - The actual new Xbox bundled with Kinect 2, capable of 4k gaming and backwards compatibility for 360 games. Maybe with an integrated Blu-Ray drive. But I’m not so sure about that. They may simply call this the new “Xbox”.
    - a very low-prized set-top box that only can run TV, Xbox Video and Music, Skype, IE and arcade games. Maybe “Xbox TV” or “Xbox Lite” or something. I can imagine that they even have partners like Samsung who will built TVs with integrated Xbox Lite hard- and software. Similar to Google TV.
    - “Surface for Xbox”, a 7″ super cheap tablet that doesn’t run Windows but can be used as a second display for both new Xboxes and as a reading device for websites and ebooks. But their plans may have changed so that they may use Windows RT without Office for 7″ devices and let OEMs build these super low prize consumption tablets.

    We will see. It will be a lot of fun! :)

  • http://twitter.com/mabster Matt Hamilton

    I’ll say March 22 (my birthday) and a name I pulled out of the air like “Xbox Fusion”.

  • Matt Hamilton

    I’ll say March 22 (my birthday) and a name I pulled out of the air like “Xbox Fusion”.

  • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

    “The New Xbox” and March 15. (The Ides of March)

  • Andy D

    “The New Xbox” and March 15. (The Ides of March)

  • hysonmb

    If they can pull off something like they did with the 360 slim and ship a week after the announcement, that would be cool.
    For the name, I’ll guess Xbox Evolution

    • http://twitter.com/BetaChris Chris Poirier

      The Xbox 360 Slim wasn’t a new console, though – just a hardware revision. I suspect it will launch closer to the holiday season…

      • hysonmb

        The holiday season would be logical, but, a surprise early release would be a shakeup Sony wouldn’t be ready for. MS got a jump on the PS3, they may not have the luxury for this cycle so each of them should have some tricks up their sleeves to grab our money. Do we get bonus months of XBL for getting the release window right :D

        • http://twitter.com/BetaChris Chris Poirier

          We’ll see ;)

    • Andrew Dicker

      They wouldn’t be able to do that for a major console release, how many companies would have to develop games entirely in secret without giving any information until a few days before the game is released? What AAA dev would want to release a major title with no time to advertise and build hype?

  • hysonmb

    If they can pull off something like they did with the 360 slim and ship a week after the announcement, that would be cool.
    For the name, I’ll guess Xbox Evolution

    • http://twitter.com/BetaChris Chris Poirier

      The Xbox 360 Slim wasn’t a new console, though – just a hardware revision. I suspect it will launch closer to the holiday season…

      • hysonmb

        The holiday season would be logical, but, a surprise early release would be a shakeup Sony wouldn’t be ready for. MS got a jump on the PS3, they may not have the luxury for this cycle so each of them should have some tricks up their sleeves to grab our money. Do we get bonus months of XBL for getting the release window right :D

        • http://twitter.com/BetaChris Chris Poirier

          We’ll see ;)

    • Andrew Dicker

      They wouldn’t be able to do that for a major console release, how many companies would have to develop games entirely in secret without giving any information until a few days before the game is released? What AAA dev would want to release a major title with no time to advertise and build hype?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Evans/100000309139775 Christopher Evans

    May 29th, $399, Xbox Brio as a synonym for life as it will be the center of your life. Can’t be Xbox Home or TV or Xbox 8 or Xbox Windows or Xbox Metro, and 720 is too obvious.

  • Christopher Evans

    May 29th, $399, Xbox Brio as a synonym for life as it will be the center of your life. Can’t be Xbox Home or TV or Xbox 8 or Xbox Windows or Xbox Metro, and 720 is too obvious.

  • Avatar Roku

    Xbox Media Center

    Everything old is new again. Hotmail=Outlook TabletPC=Surface Xbox=Media Center.

    Xbox UltimateTV or Xbox WebTV are my runner ups.

  • Avatar Roku

    Xbox Media Center

    Everything old is new again. Hotmail=Outlook TabletPC=Surface Xbox=Media Center.

    Xbox UltimateTV or Xbox WebTV are my runner ups.

    I guess announcement is March 12th and name and full reveal is June 10th

  • http://www.facebook.com/odgregg Richard Reid Gregg

    Xbox “infinite” represented by the infinity loop symbol that I can’t type on this phone. Would associate with what I think they should call the next version of windows… Windows “infinite”. Which would have a yearly update cycle and subscription (possibly , or free). Can be called Xbox Loop as well (infinite loop).
    and as a guess, march 15.

  • http://www.facebook.com/odgregg Richard Reid Gregg

    Xbox “infinite” represented by the infinity loop symbol that I can’t type on this phone. Would associate with what I think they should call the next version of windows… Windows “infinite”. Which would have a yearly update cycle and subscription (possibly , or free). Can be called Xbox Loop as well (infinite loop).
    and as a guess, march 15.

  • Andrew Dicker

    It will be simply titled “XBox”, and it will release on November 12, allowing 2 production cycles to release in time for Black Friday and 4 production cycles out by Christmas.

  • Andrew Dicker

    It will be simply titled “XBox”, and it will release on November 12, allowing 2 production cycles to release in time for Black Friday and 4 production cycles out by Christmas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.moyle.12 Dave Moyle

    Windows Xbox 8

    March 11

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.moyle.12 Dave Moyle

    Windows Xbox 8

    March 11

  • Mark

    Name: Windows RT Xbox 720 with integrated Kinect and Azure cloud services.

    Date: announced in June with US only availability for Fall, which ends up slipping and barely makes Xmas. Rest of world gets it scheduled over a rolling 18 month window. They spend a billion on a Japan launch that’s going to turn that market around. End up selling six units total, four of which die prematurely.

  • Mark

    Name: Windows RT Xbox 720 with integrated Kinect and Azure cloud services.

    Date: announced in June with US only availability for Fall, which ends up slipping and barely makes Xmas. Rest of world gets it scheduled over a rolling 18 month window. They spend a billion on a Japan launch that’s going to turn that market around. End up selling six units total, four of which die prematurely.

  • BuciboLebo

    Given my perception that Microsoft has done a better job than Sony with the current generation. My mind is almost made up as to what console I will be buying next. Kinect 2.0 and the promise of IllumiRoom is outshines anything I think Sony can throw at us. Unless of course if Sony is about to give us “Lawnmower Man” experiences.

  • BuciboLebo

    Given my perception that Microsoft has done a better job than Sony with the current generation. My mind is almost made up as to what console I will be buying next. Kinect 2.0 and the promise of IllumiRoom is outshines anything I think Sony can throw at us. Unless of course if Sony is about to give us “Lawnmower Man” experiences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stmartin851 Tarren St Martin

    It will likely be called just ‘Xbox’. We can conclude this from the logo change from Xbox 360 to just Xbox on the official Microsoft website. It will be highly unlikely that the system be announced at the E3 but at another separate event sometime in the Spring of 2013 or 2014. Oddly, Major Nelson has started a countdown to E3 2013, so this could be a clue to the announcement and its whereabouts. Expect the PS4 to release a year or two from now, as I cannot see it directly competing with a new Microsoft console. This is all speculation though, it could come out in a handful of years from now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stmartin851 Tarren St Martin

    It will likely be called just ‘Xbox’. We can conclude this from the logo change from Xbox 360 to just Xbox on the official Microsoft website. It will be highly unlikely that the system be announced at the E3 but at another separate event sometime in the Spring of 2013 or 2014. Oddly, Major Nelson has started a countdown to E3 2013, so this could be a clue to the announcement and its whereabouts. Expect the PS4 to release a year or two from now, as I cannot see it directly competing with a new Microsoft console. This is all speculation though, it could come out in a handful of years from now.

  • http://www.twitter.com/madgemade89 MadgeMade

    March 14 Xbox Now! & Xbox TV

  • PopUp

    March 14 Xbox Now! & Xbox TV

  • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

    I think they’ll go the ipad route and just call it ‘Xbox.’ Xbox 8 does not make sense with a product that could potentially have a 10 year life cycle, Xbox 720 or Xbox HD does not make sense in a world where we now have 4k (Ultra HD). Although I do like Richard’s idea of Xbox Infinity. As for an official announcement date that’s pretty tough to say, but I’m to guess May 22.

  • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

    I think they’ll go the ipad route and just call it ‘Xbox.’ Xbox 8 does not make sense with a product that could potentially have a 10 year life cycle, Xbox 720 or Xbox HD does not make sense in a world where we now have 4k (Ultra HD). Although I do like Richard’s idea of Xbox Infinity. As for an official announcement date that’s pretty tough to say, but I’m to guess May 22.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theghettokid Darren Phillips

    It will be called the ‘xbox next’ and will be available probably November 2013

  • http://www.facebook.com/theghettokid Darren Phillips

    It will be called the ‘xbox next’ and will be available probably November 2013

  • Simon Lilly

    It will be named Xbox Real and will be released on 2013-10-13

  • Simon Lilly

    It will be named Xbox Real and will be released on 2013-10-13

  • http://www.facebook.com/aime.drouin Aime Drouin

    The new Xbox for the first year then will phase in to xbox

  • http://www.facebook.com/aime.drouin Aime Drouin

    The new Xbox for the first year then will phase in to xbox

  • Travis Wetherbee

    NextBox

  • Travis Wetherbee

    NextBox

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristian.perez.1272 Cristian Perez

    i want it to be released before my birthday but itd probably wont till the beginning of next year. and for the name maybe theyll go with something as obvious as XNG (Xbox Next Gen) or NGX for Next Gen Xbox

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristian.perez.1272 Cristian Perez

    i want it to be released before my birthday but itd probably wont till the beginning of next year. and for the name maybe theyll go with something as obvious as XNG (Xbox Next Gen) or NGX for Next Gen Xbox

  • http://www.facebook.com/coffeeandjazz Eric Vogel

    April 1, Xbox 8

  • http://www.facebook.com/coffeeandjazz Eric Vogel

    April 1, Xbox 8

  • newmiyamoto

    Xbox 8 or Xbox infinity would be the obvious choices, but I still like my idea better, neXbox.

  • newmiyamoto

    Xbox 8 or Xbox infinity would be the obvious choices, but I still like my idea better, neXbox.

  • jagster

    May 3rd, Xbox Sol

  • jagster

    May 3rd, Xbox Sol

  • AziziNET

    Xbox Connect March 18 haha.. I don’t have an Xbox, just for fun

  • AziziNET

    Xbox Wing March 18 haha.. I don’t have an Xbox, just for fun

  • Guest

    it will be announced in june 11/2013….final name will be “Xbox”

  • Guest

    it will be announced in june 11/2013….final name will be “Xbox”

  • sathya boss

    name : Xbox
    announcement: 11 june 2013

  • sathya boss

    name : Xbox
    announcement: 11 june 2013

  • disqus_w54zohrWg7

    xbox next

  • disqus_w54zohrWg7

    xbox next

  • Pete K

    I think it will be announced at the Super Bowl, with teaser ads. I personally hate teasers, but in this case with Kinect 2 and IllumiRoom, it might just work. The reveal will be the Xbox sound effect (swoosh) faintly heard in the background at the end.

    I’ll expand a little on a few ideas I’ve seen here, cause I think they are gold!

    The Infinite idea is great, with some kind of 3D infinity symbol, except it will be called Infinitum(tm). Infinity with a twist.

    Microsoft is trying to simplify their product lineups, but they have a hard time letting go of multiple SKUs for the same product. It will work in their favour this time.

    I can see them having an Xbox Infinitum TV, similar to Android SmartTVs, either built in or separate units (as another post has noted — not trying to take credit for this idea). TVs will begin to appear with Kinect built in as part of the bundle. Imagine this as a Kinect standalone device that connects to your TV, with RaspberryPi dimensions.

    Then they with have a modular Xbox Infinitum Gold which will have upgradeable parts similar to SteamBox which will allow you to play console or Windows games, thus completing the unification of Xbox and Windows. It will allow you to attach a mouse and keyboard natively. They will also have a defined upgrade path that will help target specific hardware features. Think of this as upgradeable PCs without the mess of having to support EVERY SINGLE piece of hardware EVER made.

    If they do this, I think they will have NAILED IT!

    One can dream!

  • Pete K

    I think it will be announced at the Super Bowl, with teaser ads. I personally hate teasers, but in this case with Kinect 2 and IllumiRoom, it might just work. The reveal will be the Xbox sound effect (swoosh) faintly heard in the background at the end.

    I’ll expand a little on a few ideas I’ve seen here, cause I think they are gold!

    The Infinite idea is great, with some kind of 3D infinity symbol, except it will be called Infinitum(tm). Infinity with a twist.

    Microsoft is trying to simplify their product lineups, but they have a hard time letting go of multiple SKUs for the same product. It will work in their favour this time.

    I can see them having an Xbox Infinitum TV, similar to Android SmartTVs, either built in or separate units (as another post has noted — not trying to take credit for this idea). TVs will begin to appear with Kinect built in as part of the bundle. Imagine this as a Kinect standalone device that connects to your TV, with RaspberryPi dimensions.

    Then they with have a modular Xbox Infinitum Gold which will have upgradeable parts similar to SteamBox which will allow you to play console or Windows games, thus completing the unification of Xbox and Windows. It will allow you to attach a mouse and keyboard natively. They will also have a defined upgrade path that will help target specific hardware features. Think of this as upgradeable PCs without the mess of having to support EVERY SINGLE piece of hardware EVER made.

    If they do this, I think they will have NAILED IT!

    One can dream!

  • IvoFajardo

    the name will be just “Xbox” and probably they call it “The new Xbox” the first days. Announced March 8, released in November

  • IvoFajardo

    the name will be just “Xbox” and probably they call it “The new Xbox” the first days. Announced March 8, released in November