Microsoft has sent out official invitations for an event on May 21 in Redmond where the industry heavyweight is slated to debut its long-awaited Xbox 720 (Next).
The lengthy last-gen console cycle and underperforming titles have created a perfect storm of uncertainty, promoting numerous game devs to abandon the once stalwart platform for mobile devices.
Although official hardware specs have yet to be published by Microsoft, the Xbox 720 (Next) and Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) are likely to be somewhat evenly matched in terms of hardware. As such, the battle for supremacy will likely center on other aspects besides raw horsepower.
Multiple claims that Microsoft's upcoming 720 (Next) console will require an "always-on" Internet connection for games to load have sparked both controversy and dismay in recent weeks.
The $99 Android-powered Ouya console boasts a definite advantage over its console rivals in terms of price, but can it effectively compete against powerful next-gen systems like Sony's Playstation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft's Xbox 720 (Next)?