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Rumor: PS4 and next Xbox to be revealed at GDC in March

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There have been so many rumors about next-generation consoles lately that trying to get people excited about another one is a lot like trying to sell bottled farts. This recent rumor, however, is arguably the most enticing bit of ‘info’ on the topic that’s come around in quite a while. According to GameInformer’s February issue, Sony and Microsoft are prepping a reveal for their next-gen consoles at the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in March.

Why is this a rumor, though? Well, we don’t really have proof yet. The folks at VideoGamer claim to have gotten ahold of this information, but even though early info leaks from GameInformer issues are incredibly common, we’ll only believe it when we see it.

Both mega-publishers’ press conferences, which will take place in San Francisco anywhere from March 25-29, will supposedly be “Apple-style” in terms of scope, which is certainly befitting the grand  announcement of new consoles.

It may seem strange not to make such an announcement at this year’s E3 instead, but apparently the consoles are being revealed early so that hype can be built up for next-gen games, many of which will actually be showcased at E3. From a business standpoint, it makes sense not to overwhelm gamers with both an announcement of a console AND an announcement for that console’s games all in the same week.

It’s also rumored that both consoles will be out in time for holiday 2013, but what’s even more interesting is that Sony supposedly plans to release their console ahead of Microsoft’s, most likely a decision made to “not to come out last this time like the PlayStation 3.”

Given that there have also been rumors floating around that certain developers, like Avalanche Studios of the Just Cause series, have gotten their hands on next-generation development kits, this GDC rumor might not be all that far-fetched. Whatever the case, stay tuned for more news on next-gen shenanigans here at OnlySP.

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RUMOR: Xbox One S All Digital Images, Release Details Leak Ahead of Official Unveiling

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Images of a discless Xbox One S have leaked online, confirming rumors from last year.

Winfuture.de revealed the pictures it acquired yesterday, as well the name Xbox One S All Digital, prices, and a launch date. Check out the pictures down below.

The console would allow users who are less oriented in the physical media space to take advantage of an all-digital device.

Some of the speculation regarding all-digital hardware pictures a cheaper, maybe even smaller model. However, yesterday’s leak suggests that, while the Xbox One S All Digital may come bundled with games, the price will stick at around USD$250 with no real change in physical appearance.

The only visual difference between the Xbox One S and the Xbox One S All Digital is the lack of a disc drive. Otherwise, the two slimmed down pieces of hardware are visually identical.

As well as a look at the console, the website says that an official reveal will come April 16 with a release following on May 7.

The pictures uncovered do not come from an official source, so holding off believing everything here is for the best. That said, a device such as this makes sense for Microsoft considering the Xbox Game Pass and the inevitability of a more digitally-inclined market.

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