Time to crack open that filing cabinet you keep especially for rumors and predictions. One tech reporter, Paul Thurrott of the Windows Weekly video show, is claiming that he’s heard good word that Microsoft will announce and release the next Xbox in 2012. Even further, Thurrott suggests that the new Xbox will be tightly integrated with Windows 8 and feature better Windows Phone support.
We picked up the story as CVG reports, and they were kind enough to transcribe a bit of what Thurrott offers regarding this potential upgrade. Here is the first bit:
“What I’m hearing is [the next Xbox is] going to come out for holidays next year, meaning that they would almost have to announce this at CES, wouldn’t they? That’s my rumour… that we’ll expect to hear something about that.”
In regards to the aforementioned Windows 8 and Windows Phone connection, Thurrott went further and suggested something about an “Apple route:”
“They’re going the Apple route where they want this thing to integrate very tightly with Windows 8 and Windows Phone, which is a problem with the current Xbox.”
While we certainly see both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone connection as plausible, we absolutely do not buy the notion that Microsoft will announced their next console at CES and launch it this upcoming holiday. Both Microsoft and Sony have gone on record multiple times saying that they anticipate 10 year lifecycles for their platforms.
However, one fact does add some credence to this 2012 launch rumor. Unlike other gaming hardware companies, Microsoft has a brief history that indicates they are willing to both announce hardware and launch it in close proximity. They don’t give themselves a year or two to breathe and develop after showing the world their newest platform. They announced the Xbox 360 in May of 2005, they launched the console in November of that same year.
What do you think of this latest rumor?