Just days after Sony announced the PlayStation 4 at a special event in New York, a new domain registration is pointing to the possibility of a similar reveal from Microsoft for its next-generation Xbox console.
On February 22, the domain XboxEvent.com was registered by Seattle company Eventcore, a provider of technology solutions for live events and conferences. Among Eventcore’s biggest clients is Microsoft, which has used the company’s services for many events in the past year, including an E3 2012 press event registration site. Currently, XboxEvent.com doesn’t lead anywhere, but it it is configured to use Amazon’s Route 53 DNS system, which is designed for massive scaling of web traffic.
This registration suggests that Microsoft could soon hold a special Xbox-focused event similar to the PlayStation 4 announcement. We don’t have any other strong evidence for this event, and it’s possible that Eventcore registered XboxEvent.com simply as a precaution against domain squatters. However, the registration does line up with increased chatter that Microsoft is planning to reveal the next Xbox in April.
As usual, Microsoft isn’t talking. In a statement to IGN, the company said, “Microsoft often acquires various domain names as part of its ongoing business strategy, but beyond that we have no comment.”