Microsoft Sets Date For Xbox 2 Debut

David Becker of CNET News writes:

Microsoft will give the public its first glimpse of the next Xbox during a global MTV broadcast next month.

MTV outlets in North America, Europe and Asia will air a 30-minute program titled “MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed” on May 12 and May 13, the software giant announced Monday.

At the E3 show, Sony plans to get a 3-hour head start in the next lap of the game console race.The successor to the current Xbox has been the subject of much anticipation and rumor over the past few years. Microsoft has filled in many technical details, such as the processor and development tools the next Xbox will utilize, but key information such as the name, price and on-sale date for the console have remained secret. Other hotly debated topics about the next Xbox include whether it will run games for the current Xbox and if it will include a hard drive.

Microsoft executives have also talked about the next Xbox in general terms. Chairman Bill Gates told CNET News.com that besides eye-popping games, the next Xbox would include an array of multimedia tools.

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