Those hoping to get a glimpse of a new Xbox console this year (be that the recently rumoured Durango, Xbox 720 or some brand new device with a brand new name) will have to wait a little longer. Microsoft have issued a statement to gaming blog Kotaku confirming that they have no plans to reveal a next generation console at this year’s E3 gaming show.
Looking to quell the rumours following the company’s top-secret Durango event with leading games developers (which sparked debate over the possibility of a machine that wouldn’t use discs, nor play pre-owned games), Microsoft have now announced that:
“While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future, we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon. For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360-and it’s the best year ever for Xbox 360. The console is coming off its biggest year ever-a year in which Xbox outsold all other consoles worldwide. Xbox 360 didn’t just outsell other consoles, it also outsold all other TV-connected devices like DVD players, as well as digital media receivers and home theatre systems. And in our seventh year, we sold more consoles than in any other year-defying convention.
This year, we will build on that Xbox 360 momentum. With “Halo 4,” “Forza Horizon,” “Fable: The Journey,” and other great Kinect games on the way, our 2012 Xbox lineup is our strongest ever. This year, we will deliver more TV, music, and movie experiences for Xbox 360-as we’ll make it even easier to find and control your all entertainment. And this year, Xbox games, music, and video are coming to Windows 8 so people can enjoy their Xbox entertainment wherever they go.”
Along with Sony’s recent, similar statement to confirm that the PS4 won’t be heading to this summer’s E3 either, it looks like those looking for a brand new gaming fix will have to set their sights on Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U.
By Gerald Lynch | March 16th, 2012