When Microsoft officially announces the next Xbox tomorrow, it will have been 2,932 days since the company last unveiled a new video game console. In those eight years and 10 days, Sony and Nintendo have combined to unveil six pieces of hardware across the home and portable markets. Apple and Google have revolutionized the mobile phone and gaming markets with iOS and Android. Microsoft itself has even gone through three PC and two mobile operating system launches.
So it's fair to say that the pressure is on to make the follow-up to the Xbox 360 as much of a durable and long-lasting product as its predecessor. Here's a primer on what to expect and what not to expect from Microsoft's big event tomorrow.
Price and release date
It's hard to remember now, but Microsoft's star-studded Xbox 360 reveal event in May of 2005 didn't actually mention anything about the system's price or release date. That information didn't come out until August of that year. The safe money is on Microsoft holding these crucial details close to its chest again this time around, at least for the time being.