It looks like Microsoft’s turn to impress the gaming world may come in April.

That’s according to a report from, who spoke with an unnamed Sony official that said Wednesday’s PS4 unveiling “caught Microsoft off-guard,” and that “we definitely ruffled some feathers.”

Sources said that Microsoft is planning on hosting a one-off event in April to unveil the next-gen Xbox. Many expected Microsoft to debut its new product, believed to be called the Xbox 720, at this year’s E3 convention. Though with this news it appears they’ve moved up the date.

CVG also reports that Microsoft partner Ustech, a company that helps put on media briefing events, registered the domain yesterday.

Interesting to note that Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said in January that he wanted to release the PS4 after the next-gen Xbox, saying, “Why go first, when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?” But then Sony went ahead and announced the PS4 on Wednesday. 

Microsoft unveiled the current generation Xbox at the Game Developer Conference in 2000. That event takes places again next month.

Previously on GeekWire: Sony teaches us how to unveil a console without actually showing it

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  • guest

    MS being caught off guard is pretty much endemic these days. But I’m not sure a Sony rep is the most credible source.

  • guest

    Sony says they caught MS off guard? Please. Not exactly a credible source.

  • guest

    Sony launching a product they couldn’t show caught a lot of people off guard. It was right up there with Geraldo’s live reveal of Capone’s vault.

  • The_Tim

    I think the chance that they will actually call it the “Xbox 720” is close to zero.

  • Guest

    Congrats to ‘soft on the ‘tation! I think it’ll be pretty easy to top Sony’s smoke and mirrors show. PlayStation 4 is likely to join Wii U in the dustbin of console history, whereas Xbox 360’s successor (Xbox 720) should maintain the company’s dominance in U.S. and gain the living room in lesser markets.

  • Guest

    The current gen xbox (xbox360) was announced in 2005. The original xbox was announced in 2000.

  • NGM123

    Sony says they caught MS off guard, yeah right, credible much?
    Blind Freddy and his best mate deaf Billy new all about the PS4 b4 it launched.

  • Grecia

    i will rather buy ps4 than any xbox it doesnt provide internt for free so no worth of buying it

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