Why did Microsoft choose May 21st? Because that’s how they roll.
EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich recently spoke to NowGamer after Microsoft had announced the date for the reveal of its next Xbox. Addressing as to whether the announcement had a lack of impact, Divnich stated that, “Sony’s early announcement was a surprise to us all but I doubt it had any material impact on when Microsoft planned to announce their next hardware. We’ll never truly know, of course.
“It’s never too little too late for Microsoft. They are the incumbent. Microsoft operates at its own pace and I don’t think the PS4 announcement has fundamentally changed their next-generation strategy.”
As for what he thinks we’ll see when Microsoft does reveal the next Xbox on May 21st, he stated that, “Well, we can bet that they will unveil their next home console and their top level strategy on why the next Xbox console is the future of gaming. Otherwise, it is difficult to predict what exactly will be shown.
“I’d imagine if we looked at the Sony press conference and take note of missing major publishers/developers/games, that some of them sustained any announcement and were waiting for Microsoft’s conference.”
Can you say Call of Duty? He also stated that the Microsoft unveil “will be a lead into E3 where they will provide greater detail on the console. It’s a solid strategy and it gives them some time to adjust their E3 presentation to reflect the sentiment coming out of the big unveil.”
Which we thought Sony would do – and which seemed sensible at the time. Regardless, we’ll reserve criticism till we have a chance to smell what the Big M is cooking.