It is OFFICIAL! On Tuesday May 21st Microsoft will be unveiling their next-generation initiative of hardware, games and entertainment as Xbox guru Major Nelson makes the official announcement:

Xbox concept render-580-75“On Tuesday May 21st we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.”

“On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.”

I love how Mr. Nelson says “give you a real taste of the future”, a nice jab at Sony’s February 20th Playstation 4 reveal as if to say, you haven’t seen nothing yet. While Sony is currently riding the PS4 hype wave into E3, it seems Microsoft’s strategy is to bombard gamers with next-gen reveals in May and June. Let’s hope Microsoft can reign in great game reveals, new exclusives and an improved social integration for Xbox Live as well as put a stop to all the speculation surrounding the “always online” and “non-used games compatibility” in favor of what fair for the gamers. So mark your calendars!