Our bullshit meter is going apeshit right now. However, we can’t help but be a little intrigued by the possibility that certain developers are already working with future Xbox hardware. A source within Electronic Arts is claiming he/she has had access to the hardware for over a month now, reports Develop Magazine. Currently, the hardware is being stored in a PC case.
While system specs are absent from the report, Develop does say that Microsoft is aiming for a late 2012 launch and that the system will feature “enhanced Kinect support.”
Develop is also speculating that Microsoft could potentially show up Nintendo with a new console announcement at E3 this year as well. But the odds of that happening are rather slim, if I, in my omniscient state, had to venture a guess.
Here’s why: it’s been public knowledge now that both the Xbox 360 and PS3 are only a little beyond the midway points of their respective life cycles right now. A late 2012 release would be cutting that prolonged life cycle short by quite a few years. Some reports cruising around the web are pegging new consoles from Microsoft and Sony for 2014. That seems more sensible. Also, wasn’t the Kinect Microsoft’s answer to future-proofing their console, giving it some extra legs to last a few more years? It would seem like an odd, rather stupid choice to already announce their next big console in light of that.
However, anything is possible. We’ll just have to wait till E3 to find out. But even if it turns out that the E3 announcement rumor is bogus, the plausible notion that developers are already working with future Xbox tech is exciting.