Microsoft is hosting an event on January 24th that some people believe may be where they formally unveil their next Xbox console, or other exciting devices. The event will take place in Mountain View, California. If they do reveal something Xbox-related at this event it will be more Apple-style than any of their past console announcements. The event will take place between 5:30pm to 8:30pm PST.
Here’s Microsoft’s invitation:
“Please join us for an exclusive open house on January 24th in the new Microsoft Technology Center in our Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View. We will be showcasing some exciting devices, including the Xbox 360, Kinect, Surface, Windows 8 on an 82” touchscreen from Perceptive Pixel, and our newly launched SmartGlass application. We’ll have leading engineers from our hardware, manufacturing, and software teams on-hand to speak about what Microsoft has in store for the future.
As a very special bonus, Alex Kipman, one of the revolutionary minds behind the Kinect, will be delivering our keynote about the future vision for Microsoft and how we are working to join together software and hardware into meaningful, exciting hardware devices in the years to come.
This will be a great opportunity to network with engineers at Microsoft, and get your hands on some of our newest devices AND to enter a drawing to walk away with one! We hope you’ll join us! “
There is a large chance this isn’t related to the next Xbox. But there have been rumors for the past week or so that Sony plans to reveal their new Playstation very soon, so perhaps Microsoft is trying to 1-up them on this one.
It also would serve as a good defense on Wii U sales if Microsoft can announce a compelling-enough Xbox console for release this year. The idea would be like when the PS2′s announcement hurt the Dreamcast’s sales, people may hold off on purchases now if they think something better is coming in the fall.
Personally I don’t think the next Xbox will be revealed at this event but then again Microsoft is always full of surprises. I’d love to see the new device as soon as possible. They didn’t wait until E3 to reveal the Xbox 360 in 2005 and maybe they don’t feel the need to wait until the event this year.
We’ll have to wait and see what this turns out to be. Could be nothing, could be something major.