Rumors regarding the next generation of consoles have been ramping up lately, and perhaps the biggest yet is a supposed leaked timeline for Microsoft covering the next few years.
Originating at MS Nerd, who have a fair track record with Microsoft rumors, the leaked list seems to indicate that Microsoft plan to announce the Xbox 360's successor, codenamed "loop", at E3 2013, with a launch later that year.
Between now and then, the list states that Microsoft will release the commercial Kinect SDK next year, which we have been expecting, as well as an Xbox SDK and the third generation of Kinect games at E3 2012. Following that, the Xbox Store will launch alongside Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. One unified store, perhaps?
If the rumored list is to be believed, Microsoft will continue to support the current Kinect as well as updating the SDK past the launch of their new system, leading to the unveiling of Kinect 2.0 at E3 2014.
Also of note is "Windows 8 PU" and "Xbox PU" which are said to launch in 2013 and 2014. PU could stand for 'Portable Unit', refering to Windows 8 tablet devices and a new portable with a focus on gaming. Whatever they may be, it's likely part of Microsoft's grand plan to connect the 3 screens together under one unified umbrella -- Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox "Loop".
Check out the full timeline below:
Win8 + WinStore beta
Tango2 launch + Apollo announce
Kinect commercial SDK
Xbox SDK, 3G Kinect games announce
Win8, <ONM>, WP8, Xbox Store launch
Win8 PU DP
Win8 PU Beta
HTML platform (IE11)
Win8 PU RC
Win8 PU RTM
Kinect SDK update
Kinect HP2 announce
Xbox PU announce
Win9 RTM (IE12)
Xbox PU preview
Win9, Win9M, Kinect HP2 launch
Xbox PU RTW