Is it going to be a big year for Xbox? Yes, we already know that. But what's the fun of talking about what we already know? Instead, we're going on record with our boldest predictions for 2013. Will we be proven crazy? Prophetic? Geniuses? Dummies? Maybe some combination of them all? Bookmark this page and check back on December 31, 2013 to see how we did. In the meantime, tell us we're insane or dead-on in the comments below. Or make your own 2013 Xbox predictions.
1: State of Decay and LocoCycle will be the stars of this year’s Summer of Arcade.
2: Shadow Complex 2 will finally be announced…as an Xbox Live Arcade launch title on the next-generation Xbox.
3: Said next-generation Xbox will be publicly announced at a special event one month or less prior to E3 in June. It will be broadcast live on Xbox Live and the Internet.
4: Microsoft will take a page from the Apple playbook and officially call the next-gen Xbox simply “Xbox.” Not Xbox 720, not Xbox Infinity, not anything else. We’ll casually refer to it as “The New Xbox” for a while until it’s not new anymore.
5: The New Xbox (see, we’re doing it already!) will cost $400 in its most popular/gamer-friendly configuration. Not a penny more. A basic, smaller-storage version will run you $350.
6: The New Xbox will be released in November and kick serious ass on both the tech bench and at retail store registers.
7: Bungie’s new game Destiny will be the headliner at Microsoft’s E3 press conference and be the flagship title for The New Xbox – though it will also release for Xbox 360.
8: Both the Xbox 360 and New Xbox versions of Destiny will be cross-compatible. It’s all the same Xbox Live, after all…
9: Meanwhile, Alan Wake 2 and Forza Motorsport 5 will be two of Microsoft’s biggest first-party (read: exclusive) launch titles for The New Xbox.
10: Harmonix will have a big new thing for Kinect 2.0 ready to go at The New Xbox’s launch.