SPOnG believes that Microsoft is set to surprise the gaming world by showing its Xbox 2 console well before this May?s E3 show, slated for mid-May in Los Angeles.
According to two independent sources, the Redmond software giant has an Xbox 2 conference of ?significant importance? slated for some point in March 2005, which SPOnG has been led to believe will include software and hardware being displayed to the public for the first time.
On contacting Microsoft this morning, we were told, ??that at this time, we have no announcement to make regarding the next-generation Xbox,? making a refreshing, perhaps even telling break for the 'we don?t comment on rumour or speculation'. line.
So we must ask ourselves, does the news stack up? Certainly, the timelines for the roll-out of Xbox 2 break all the rules. The successor coming so soon after the original is illustrative of Microsoft?s refusal to follow the industry norm. There will also have been considerable investment into market trends regarding product acceptance. With all three consoles being unveiled at E3, there is a significant risk that much of the coverage in the mainstream press will focus on the market-leading PlayStation brand and the highly mysterious headline-grabber that is Nintendo?s Revolution.
If Microsoft show Xbox 2 next month, it will have a free run at the media, snatching attention away from the PSP and the DS and be in a position to capitalise on a product that will already be a tangible next-generation home console in the eyes of gamers and the press.
We hope to bring you updates on this intriguing news story as it unfolds.Let us know what you think here.