Every year, the leaders in the gaming industry gather at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, to preview and promote upcoming games, gaming apps, hardware, and anything else gaming related. Speculation and rumors about what will be revealed in the press conferences run rampant leading up to E3, and this year is no exception. With E3 happening in just a few weeks (June 12-14), there are more than a few rumblings that there will be news about new consoles coming out, with GameStop being the most vocal about expecting hardware announcements.
Yesterday, GameStop’s COO, Tony Bartel, said during an earnings report that GameStop is expecting console announcements during E3, though he didn’t specify which company the announcements would come from. “We expect E3 to focus on key titles in the back half of the year and console announcements,” he said. Other sources are saying the announcements will be coming from Microsoft, and that they are looking at debuting two new consoles. The first console will be a slimmer, faster, and more powerful version of the Xbox One, and the second console, which wouldn’t be out until late 2017 is the Xbox Scorpio, a new console without much information on it yet.
Of course, nothing is set in stone until we hear it from the companies. E3 will be held in Los Angeles from June 12th through June 14th.