Develop Magazine has gotten wind of a rumor concerning the next iteration of the Xbox from an unnamed source concerning an unnamed EA studio. Don’t you just love how all of this rumors start building momentum?
As the story indicates, Microsoft is rushing to put a massive console bomb together in order to detonate all over Nintendo‘s new hardware news at E3. The Big N has already revealed that they will be showing of their 2012 hardware entry at the show in June, and Develop has it that Microsoft is working hard to steal a bit of Nintendo’s thunder.
According to Develop’s source, Microsoft has given their new tech to EA in order to start preliminary work on the software built for the next generation of gaming. The source, however, stands on shaky ground as far as their facts are concerned. Here’s the quote provided by Develop, complete with the unreliable tidbits:
“Quite often when new consoles come around they’re packaged into a PC shell, but actually what’s inside is an entirely new console,” a senior, trusted, well-placed source said.
Microsoft has declined to comment. EA has declined to comment. Develop’s source is not employed at either company.
The source believed, but did not have certain information, that the new Xbox would launch by the end of 2012.
An unnamed source not employed at either company has divulged this information. As we always insist with rumors of this variety, understand that nothing about this is firm.
The concept, however, does shore up a strong showing of potential. Microsoft has, in fact, started hiring for their next console release. Nintendo is poised to make a massive splash at E3 this year; the show has become a brutal competition, and it would make sense that Microsoft would want to quiet some of the noise coming from the Nokia Theater during Nintendo’s show.
We’ll have more information on this as it becomes available. E3 is looking nuts.