We’re sure you, just like us, are anxiously awaiting Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox reveal event, which should be taking place later today at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. As of now, the Internet is running rampant with speculation on what exactly Microsoft will show us today, and more importantly, how it will compete with what Sony showed us with its PlayStation 4 earlier this year. But there’s one thing we’re hearing is Microsoft is already making moves to make its next Xbox available by the end of the year.

DigiTimes is reporting Microsoft has already started the production of its next Xbox in “small volumes,” but has already placed orders for mass shipments of the console to start in Q3 2013, to then reach its full peak in Q4. DigiTimes is citing sources familiar with Microsoft’s supply chain.

Getting its next Xbox mass produced early will certainly help get the new console into the hands of those that wish to purchase it. I can tell you from personal experience issues Microsoft had with getting enough Xbox 360 consoles into stores shortly after it was released was extremely annoying. Hopefully Microsoft has learned from their past launch mistakes and not only will make enough Xbox’s available, but will also make sure a high percentage of them don’t fail.

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