According to Business Insider and its internal sources at Microsoft a brand new Xbox is slated for debut next year. The update to the top selling Xbox 360 should be available for the 2012 holiday season, based on information from those close to sensitive information within the Seattle-based company. Those sources, who have chosen to remain annonymous state the new console will launch in time for Thanksgiving sales–better known in the United States as Black Friday sales.
The new video game console is scheduled to debut one year after the successful launch of Nintendo’s WiiU–and both consoles will fight be the center of your home entertainment center. Nintendo has already included a variety of streaming services into its console, while the current Xbox 360 features the same services. It is only natural to assume that a future Xbox would feature more access to streaming video services such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. In fact it is known that Microsoft are working on a dedicated Xbox TV service as well.
An Xbox spokesperson declined to comment on the rumor, which has only fueled the gaming and entertainment community as to when a new Xbox will arrive. Despite the fact that a new Xbox is on the horizon, sales of the current-gen Xbox 360 topped 750,000 units over the popular Black Friday weekend in North America–a startling number for a six year old console.
As of 2012 more than 40 million Xbox 360 owners subscribe to a service called Xbox Live, which provides additional gaming support in addition to the opportunity to stream television shows and movies through services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. Analysts expect many of these services to be included in the launch of a new Xbox–which according to this new report will be available in 2013.