Microsoft's next generation Xbox, which goes by the codename of Xenon, could well be coming our way some time in May, according to sources. This comes at a time where Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are all expected to release more powerful replacements for their current systems some time in the next year to 18 months.

It was widely expected that gamers would get a sneak preview of Xbox's successor at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in March. But a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed that it would not be at GDC.

It is [now] thought that the machine may be unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, which takes place in May, according to a Reuters news agency report.

E3 concentrates on showing off the latest in gaming to publishers, marketers and retailers. The GDC is aimed more at game developers.

Details of the Xbox 2 are currently sketchy at best, with very little information being made available. Despite this, however, there are reports that major games companies are already working on titles, not just for Xbox 2, but for the other next-gen gaming consoles due out soon as well. More on this when we know more.