CONSOLE DESIGNER Microsoft might be getting ready to announce the Xbox 720 in May.
"Microsoft does not comment on rumour and speculation," is the line from the company for now, but it is going to announce its next generation games console at some time or another. That could come in May, or maybe not.
However, according to sources that spoke to The Verge, graphic designers are probably hard at work at invitations and Powerpoint presentations now. The website reckons that an event is a certainty in May, not April, as we might have once thought.
According to the sources, Microsoft is planning a small scale event at which it will show off some of the console's features, probably its controller, and maybe even some idea of what its games and graphics will look like.
A full unveiling of the Xbox 720 is expected in June at E3, the electronic games festival, and indeed Microsoft has hinted at something big for that event, going so far as to launch a countdown to it. That countdown is still running, of course, and at the time of writing is clicking downwards through 63 days.
Late last week the company was backing away from rumours that the Xbox 720 will need an always on internet connection to work, a suggestion that caused some controversy and lead one staffer to say that users would have to just deal with it.
"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers," Microsoft said in a statement.
"We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter." µ