Next Gen Xbox and WWDC 2013

A splash of news from Microsoft and Apple today.

The next generation Xbox will be announced at a Microsoft event on May 21st. The event, titled “A New Generation Revealed”, will take place in Microsoft’s Xbox division in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft has said that the event will “mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV, and entertainment.” The event will be streamed on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Spike TV.

The rumors that the next Xbox will require an always-on internet connection have only gotten bigger. Although most people (including myself) are doubting this rumor, it might be time to start thinking about the true consequenses of this choice. Will this cause a massive Microsoft Games crash? Will this be the last Xbox? And will adding this feature still make it tempting to choose system over its eighth generation competitors (the Wii U and PS4)?

Other rumors state that the event will be alot like Sony’s earlier this year, where they talk about the system, but never actually show anything off. If that’s the case, the majority of the important details will be announced at E3 this year.

In other news, Apple has announced its WWDC (Worldwide Developer’s Conference, even though it only takes place in one room in California) 2013 to be hosted at Moscone West in San Francisco between June 10th and June 14th. With tickets costing over $1500 and having been sold out within a few hours last year, the company is expected to put on a good show. (Tickets, by the way, go on sale today (April 25th) at 10 am PDT/1 pm EDT.) Most likely, we will see bits and pieces of iOS 7, updates to the Mac, and of course, some developer’s apps.

Read more about today’s topics in these articles from The Verge:

Next Gen Xbox – http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/24/4261518/next-xbox-will-be-revealed-on-may-21st/in/2495929

WWDC 2013 – http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/24/4260436/apple-wwdc-june-10th-ticket-sales

 

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