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Taken from Eurogamer.net:

Senior industry sources, speaking to gamesindustry.biz over the weekend, have indicated that it is extremely likely that Xbox 2 - currently codenamed Xenon - will be unveiled during Bill Gates' keynote address at the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 5th, 2005.

Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief-software-architect, was unveiled as the keynote speaker by the Consumer Electronics Association late last week, prompting speculation that Microsoft would use the platform to unveil Xbox 2.

However, high-level talk amongst industry insiders, including analysts and publishers, suggests that there's more to this particular rumour than idle gossip. Microsoft has so far declined to comment, taking the line that it does not respond to "rumour and speculation", but has not issued a denial.

However, the platform holder has also yet to confirm plans for X04, this year's version of its annual press event, and given the company's apparent desire to gain first-mover advantage in the next generation of home consoles, CES now seems like the most obvious chance to do that before Sony and Nintendo roll out their future hardware at E3 next May.

The event also has some historical significance for the format - CES 2001 marked the debut of the first Xbox, when Bill Gates demonstrated the console and game controller and showed off Oddworld Inhabitants' Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, and Argonaut's platform game Malice.

Earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told a financial analyst meeting that there will be no new Xbox this year, but that does not rule out an unveiling within that time frame. "There's no new Xbox in the next year, but man, are we hard at work on that next Xbox," he told analysts.

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Codename Xenon? thats clever. They'll have run out of words beginnning with X by xbox5

Naaa. They'll just raid the 8-bit titles from yesteryear as the authors seemed to have something for the letter X then:

- Xadom (Quicksilva)

- X-Multiply (Taito)

- Xevious (Namco)

I'm sure others will come up with more. :P

Rob

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i think they are really being stupid launching early. all the ps2 owners will still just be quietly playing pes/madden, none of my mates have even mentioned new console, infact alot of them are only picking up ps2s/xboxs now. I know thats not proof of anything but everyone was anticapting the ps2 launch, where as now no one seems to give a fuck about new hardware.

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i think they are really being stupid launching early. all the ps2 owners will still just be quietly playing pes/madden, none of my mates have even mentioned new console, infact alot of them are only picking up ps2s/xboxs now. I know thats not proof of anything but everyone was anticapting the ps2 launch, where as now no one seems to give a fuck about new hardware.

Calm down laddie. They aren't launching now.

They're going for a 2006 release, which is a year and a half away, minimum.

And I imagine the other two consoles will be out late that year. In the US at least, Europe - 2007 early on perhaps for Nintendo.

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Calm down laddie. They aren't launching now.

They're going for a 2006 release, which is a year and a half away, minimum.

And I imagine the other two consoles will be out late that year. In the US at least, Europe - 2007 early on perhaps for Nintendo.

I agree, simply because the PS2 is nowhere near dead. Judging by GT4 Prologue, it's still capable of great things in the right hands.

It would be daft to release in 2005.

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