Microsoft hints at upcoming Xbox announcements this week

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Microsoft is holding a press conference later this week where it is expected to unveil new Xbox announcements.

The software giant will be participating at next week’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco and is expected to unveil its main news later this week ahead of the GDC. Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb has revealed that gamers will be “really happy” with Microsoft’s news later this week. Speaking on his latest podcast, Hyrb promises some “cool news” later this week:

“Next week I’m going to be down in San Francisco. We are having an invite-only press event that we’re going to have some cool news that I’m not quite fully briefed on, but we have a lot of news that we’re going to be announcing. Just telling you guys, you’re going to be really happy when you hear all the news, that’s all I can say.”
Microsoft is currently working on four new Kinect titles for release in 2011. The software maker is expected to release a “second wave” of Kinect games in April according to recent rumors. Microsoft’s GDC announcements may be related to the ongoing rumors of its Gears of War Kinect title or Forza 4.

Microsoft revealed at CES last month that the company has sold over 8 million Kinect sensors in just 60 days on the market. Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has been a phenomenal success story for the company. The console accessory sold out across a number of retailers during the recent festive season and Microsoft smashed its own estimates of 5 million units in 2010 by shipping 8 million devices.

According to recent reports, Microsoft may have sacrificed its January and February stocks to satisfy Christmas shoppers. The software giant has warned of further Kinect shortages in the coming weeks. WinRumors revealed last month that Microsoft officials are currently readying an official SDK and Kinect drivers for Windows. Microsoft is set to unveil driver support and an SDK in the coming months and will allow third-party developers to create titles that utilize the Kinect sensor when plugged into a PC.
 

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