The New Xbox Will Probably Arrive This E3

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It seems that everything is aligning for the launch of the next generation Xbox at E3 2013. We knew that the rumors are piling on. Then someone told us that the Xbox buildings at Microsoft's campus are on lock down. And now we know that Xboxmeister Major Nelson is very excited about E3.

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So excited, in fact, that he just posted a countdown on his blog. "And it's on..." he says. Just 159 days left.

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Indeed, it seems they are ramping up for a major launch. I doubt these signs have any other explanation but a next generation console. One that is designed to be a lot more than just a game console, finally completing the Xbox evolution, and which will be completely merged with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. [Major Nelson]

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How long after the first announcement do we think the first units will ship? IIRC the xbox 360 launched under a year after its announcement, but I hope it's even less than that this time. This has been one of the longest console hardware generations, it's about time. I've been holding out on replacing my RRoD'ed 360 because of it.

I also hope online multiplayer is free this time. Sony does it, Nintendo does it, why cant Microsoft?