by Anton Shilov
04/02/2013 | 11:55 PM
Microsoft Corp. has reportedly decided to delay the formal announcement of its next-generation Xbox video game console code-named Durango due to unknown reasons. Instead of unveiling the first details in mid-April, the world’s largest software developer will formally reveal the new console in the second half of May.
“That April Xbox announce? Pushed back a month. […] We will see what happens on May 21, actually,” said Paul Thurrot,a technology expert with knowledge of Microsoft’s internal plans, on his Twitter recently.
Back in February the media noticed that one of AMD’s event partners had registered xboxevent.com and started to prepare an event scheduled on mid-April. Given that Microsoft had a window to formally unveil its new console between Game Developers Conference in late March and E3 in early June, from Microsoft prospective the even has not been delayed. However, the reasons to reschedule it from April to May is completely unclear.
Late last week GameStop, a major video game retailer, confirmed that while Microsoft’s final plans for the Xbox Next launch were not officially set, the store chain is getting ready to sell the new console from the software giant.
Microsoft Xbox Next “Durango” is expected to be architecturally similar to the PlayStation 4. It is believed that the future Xbox will be powered by AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console is projected to feature hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive as well as robust Xbox Live online service.
A number of market observers believe that Microsoft is delaying the presentation of the Xbox Next because it wants to improve specifications of the console so that to match competing Sony PlayStation 3 in terms of performance.
Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.