We've been hearing bits and pieces about the next generation Xbox for months now, but apparently, we're going to hear a lot more about the Xbox 720 when CES 2012 rolls around. According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is going to use the consumer electronics show as the stage for announcing more details regarding its newest console.
According to French publication Xboxygen, Microsoft will make a 'huge' announcement about the Xbox 720 at CES in January of 2012. The site sources the information as coming from someone from inside Microsoft and says that while the announcement may not contain details regarding the first Xbox 720 games, we should hear some more information about the console, such as some of its capabilities. Xboxygen's source says the new Xbox will be a hexa-core affair with 2 GB of DDR3 and AMD dual-GPU graphics.
CES is one of the biggest consumer electronics shows around, so it would stand to reason that Microsoft would choose to reveal some information regarding the next Xbox at the show, especially when you consider the fact that it was the stage for unveiling the original Xbox so many years ago. Indeed, the Consumer Electronics Association announced earlier this year that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would once again be returning to CES to give the opening keynote speech. His presentation is believed to be largely based around the upcoming Windows 8, but who knows, maybe he'll find a little bit of time for the Xbox division, too.
In other Xbox 720 news, the Edge is reporting that delivery of the first iteration of genuine devkits, running custom hardware, is expected to reach studios before Christmas. The website's source also said that all signs point to the finalized console arriving at retail in late 2012. If this is true, it would mean Microsoft's Xbox 720 is launching just in time to compete with Nintendo's Wii U.