Major Nelson teases with E3 2013 countdown

Thursday, 3rd January 2013 05:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft’s Larry Hryb – better known as Major Nelson – has set Xbot hearts a-flutter by posting a countdown timer to E3 2013 with the enigmatic comment “And it’s on.” Although there’s a good five months to go before the June event, anticipation is already high. Microsoft is strongly tipped to debut its next console, apparently codenamed Durango, ahead of a possible holiday season release.

Thanks, Gematsu.



  1. gomersoul

    could be 720, though I’m sure I read somewhere Sony is holding a press conference on 25th Feb to announce ps4 for a 2014 release, will be interesting to see if either manage to release this year…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    “And it’s on.” The next-gen race? Because it’s about fucking time.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. HZSA

    it will be a Happy New Year for gamers :D

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KAP

    Here we go, the start of over priced consoles overpriced mediocre next gen launch games, and over hyped promises for the future of said console.

    Yay great. Because this gen was just SO bad for us as far as games are concerned right?!

    *leaves to play Far Cry 3*

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    At least it’s next gen. Curent gen looks like a Wii games to the PS3 and 360 If compared to the PC right now.
    Console games are just fucking annoying already with it’s 20 frames per second and 720p. Graphics and gaming capabilities since 2005 are evolved as fuck.

    It’s not hillarious anymore. Do it MS, announce that thing and start next gen.

    @4, “he start of over priced consoles overpriced mediocre next gen launch games, and over hyped promises for the future of said console.”
    “*leaves to play Far Cry 3*”

    Okay. What’s the difference? Same crappy game.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    Gonna lol if this is just a kinnect 2 release :-P

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @6, MS is not ThaT retarded. They are retarded, but not as much as you think. :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The Auracle

    I think this “next-generation” will underwhelm a lot of people. That’s not the manufacturer’s fault but rather the console gaming community as a whole that are desperate for technology that isn’t quite ready for commercial implimentation.

    I think it’s quite disappointing that MS and particularly Sony are caving to the market pressure. The PlayStation 3 in particular never really fulfilled its true potential and the PS Vita – while brilliant in its own right – was an extravagant distraction from what they really needed to do and that’s get everything out of the PS3 that it is capable of producing.

    Nintendo certainly got everything they wanted and more out of the Wii and the DS family. Microsoft could do a bit more with the Xbox 360 and the Kinect in it’s current form, in my opinion.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    “The PlayStation 3 in particular never really fulfilled its true potential”

    are you nuts? Simple games on that system can’t even do 30 frames per second. Developers can’t make DLC work (SKYRIM) on the PS3 and you are talking about “PS3 haZ potential”?

    True potential? LOL. It’s old as Fuck. It’s done. It’s an old hat. No one cares anymore. Even great developers that are trying to make good games on it most of the time makes a linear experience or cut interesting content on it.

    “Microsoft could do a bit more with the Xbox 360″

    Like what? Microsoft did everything with Xbox 360. They even prolonged it’s life with new type of thing “kinect” that no one cared after few months.

    In reality the lifecycle of these consoles are 3 or 5 years at best. It’s 7 or 8 already. Enough is enough. Bring something new, fresh and good. With decent frame rate with good gameplay ideas and gaming capabilities.

    iPad is already near the Xbox 360 power and Apple change tech every year which is a good thing for the industry.

    #9 2 years ago

    Maybe they’re going to show Frame City Killer 2!!!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    Actually, I wont give a shit to next gen consoles for 1-2 years. I have a pretty massive backlog of great games.
    Average (most) customers don’t give a shit to superior pc graphics wrt consoles. Although what they do care about is that they have too much cash and want to buy a new box soon, whether they want it or not.
    *Rant over*

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    I agree with Erthazus here now, but not on everything. Microsoft has done everything they can with the 360 and Kinect is just bullshit. Sadly it IS bullshit that has sold alot and proved to be quite popular. As for Sony, yeah, they are pretty much done too, although The Last of Us DOES seem to be yet another game that surpasses the best looking PS3 games so far. Either way, E3 is gonna be exciting. With Major Nelson saying this, it has to be something big and i just hope MS still knows how to make one awesome show and that it’s not full of Kinect 2 shit.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    MS will be releasing two new systems next gen. The first one is a stripped down media box. And the second one will be a full blown console. At E3 MS will be talking about the Media Box version.

    I expect it to be Kinect centered, play digital download, casual focused games, and make a play to be the central media hub for your house.

    I don’t think the “Real” nxtxbx comes out until at least spring/summer 14, but prolly not until Nov. 2014.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Moonwalker1982


    I doubt that man. All the signs point to a full blown new console reveal and also for this year. Look at 2011′s E3, they had Halo 4 at the end of their show but last year they had a freaking third party game as their last game of their show. There’s nothing big in terms of exclusives planned for this has to happen.

    I really hope you are wrong, until then it’s nothing but speculation and guessing anyway.

    Also Major Nelson is all about the games, isn’t he? He clearly is trying to get gamers excited for something big during E3 and a media box is nothing for real gamers to get excited about. Also…why not just make one console that has it all, everything for everyone?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    Because everything for everyone is very expensive.

    I think a media type machine which is a chunky tablet is a definite possibility as a second machine from MS. I.e. one you can hold and use, use with a separate controller or connect to your TV. There was an article on this idea a little while back so there were some signs for this.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Cobra951

    There are plenty of current console games that do 30 fps, and even some that do 60, at 720p (and I have no problem with 720p, at all). So I don’t want to hear that “games can’t do . . .” this or that. Yes they can. If some devs trade off performance for prettier still shots, or worse: don’t have the tech chops to pull off good performance, don’t blame the systems.

    Next gen *will* be a disappointment, not because it won’t improve on the current one (sure it will) but because it won’t improve on it too significantly. We are already well into diminishing returns. We can already do 3D worlds in high resolution and fluid motion. Doing them bigger, and smoother, and sharper will seem like the progress from a DVD movie to a Blu-ray. Some will marvel, most won’t care.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Moonwalker1982


    I bet that it’s going to be a significant improvement for certain games. Especially the open world games and RPGs. As awesome as games like GTA IV, RDR, Skyrim, Fallout 3 and so on are, it can look so much better in terms of lighting, details etc…and that’s no doubt going to happen happen. I would be good with that. I alreadt am not expecting differences similar to Xbox 1 to 360, not gonna happen. But if games can look like high-end PC games on consoles, i’m totally fine with that.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Mr Sparkle

    Yay christmas is coming in 5 months!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. MSIGT780

    I would be willing to bet that both the new xbox and the new playstation have some form of graphics card and processor upgrade but i wouldn’t expect it to be anything to major compaired to todays PC’s my MSI GT780 laptop plays games with better graphics also cost $1,700, but i’ve been wrong before and would be delighted to be wrong in this case but if not, i have my PC for graphic intesive games also do kinda like the ability on skyrim to download user mods for the game that don’t really effect the game play like hi res textures for the coins and the hideout with all the places to store loot and what not

    #19 2 years ago
  20. OlderGamer

    “Described as part of a two-SKU next-gen strategy, the low-cost alternative to the next proper Xbox will run on Windows 8, and focus on an “always-on” experience that lets users go from sleep mode to watching their favorite shows almost instantly. The Xbox TV is expected to be out by next holiday season.”

    I think this will be what MS wants to talk about at E3.

    Like I said The XMediaBox 2013 nov. And the next full blown console prolly upto a year after that. I could be wrong, maybe the XMedia ones comes out June/July, while the big one launches 2013 Nov. But I doubt it. MS will be pumping this hardcore at E3, so temper your excitment. At the very most be cautisly optimistic.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    As for what next gen console graphics might look like go back a couple of years in terms of PC tech, I am guessing Sony and MS will have graphics in that ball park. Should look slick. But I fully agree with the idea that we are past the point of deminishing returns.

    Until VR gets to a point where latency is fixed and price is mainstream(and they are working on that now), there isn’t really anywhere for games to go. That is why I enjoy the WiiU so much, the graphics are nice, but the system actualy improves gameplay and features with its GamePad(no one else does that).

    But I think the next big thing will be headset VR gaming. And that is prolly also a few years out, maybe next(next) gen.

    #21 2 years ago

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