Xbox 720 to debut about this time next year

The next version of Microsoft's Xbox could be ready for the holidays… next year! Microsoft’s aim is to launch the Xbox 720 in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas of next year, as reported by Bloomberg quoting sources familiar to the company’s plans.

The software giant could choose to unveil the next Xbox at the E3 show next June or at an event specifically geared toward the console, one of the sources said. The people providing this tidbit to Bloomberg didn't want to identify themselves since the information is reportedly based on a confidential Microsoft road map.

Microsoft Xbox spokesman David Dennis declined to comment to Bloomberg. We will update the story if we receive any new information.
Microsoft has not spilled yet any general or specific details about a next-generation Xbox. But reports from such sources as Xbox World say the 720 will come with a host of new features, including Kinect 2.0, a Blu-ray drive, an enhanced controller, and an A/V port for watching and recording broadcast TV shows.

The Xbox 360 has been a dominant player in the U.S. video game market. The Xbox was the top seller in October for the 15th month in a row, according to recent data from NPD. Microsoft sold 270,000 Xbox 360 units last month, winning the company well over 50 percent share of all U.S. console sales.

During Black Friday week, Xbox 360 sales reached 750,000 units, way above Microsoft's own forecast.


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