Microsoft has announced that, contrary to several rumours and speculations, the successor to the Xbox 360 won’t be revealed at E3 this June, or “anytime soon”.
“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,” read their statement to Kotaku.
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.”
We already know that there won’t be a PS4 announcement at E3 this year, and Nintendo’s already announced their next gen system, the Wii U, last year. So this year’s E3 probably won’t hold as many surprises as many of us expected. Or maybe Sony and Microsoft are just taking the David Jaffe approach and outright lying to us. Hopefully…