Microsoft Expected To Unveil Next Xbox

Source: Brett Molina and Mike Snider / USA Today

Microsoft is hosting an event at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters Tuesday, where it is expected to announce the successor to the Xbox 360. An invitation sent to media outlets last month teases “a new generation revealed.”

Although few official details have emerged on the new Xbox video game console, industry experts such as Digital World Research analyst P.J. McNealy expect Microsoft to continue pushing the Xbox as an all-in-one entertainment device. “They want to position this box as a video game console, as an entertainment device and likely as a cable or satellite access device,” he says.

While games will look better than on the current Xbox 360, the features that Microsoft will likely tout “will be more about living-room and mobile connectivity and other features that matter more to the modern consumer,” says Dan Hsu, editor in chief of video game news site GamesBeat. “The next generation of consoles can only succeed if they can integrate with this lifestyle. If the new consoles are affordable and can prove their worth as must-own companions to mobile devices, then they can do well.”

Three months ago, competitor Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 system was in the works. Although no release date or price was announced, the PS4 is expected to hit stores this holiday season. Sony promises high-end PC-quality graphics and increased social features in the new system.

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