Microsoft makes next-gen Xbox reveal announcement

Microsoft lays the rumours to rest

March 16, 2012
Nextbox Xbox 720

Microsoft has officially come out and announced that it will not reveal a next generation Xbox console at E3 2012.

The announcement comes after months of speculation that Microsoft is gearing up to pull the curtain back on a brand new Xbox this year.

Nintendo announced the WiiU last year, and has confirmed that it will be launching it in time for Christmas 2012. Then of course there are all those reports of developers working on games for next-generation platforms, elevating the rumours of next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony to fever pitch.

According to the rumour-mill, the new Xbox 360 is code-named Durango, and it will not have a disk drive. It will also apparently not play pre-owned games.

Microsoft’s usual response to queries about its next-generation platforms goes something like, “we don’t comment on speculation and rumour,” – but not this time.

In a full statement issued to Kotaku, the company said outright that it will not be revealing a new Xbox at E3 in 2012, which means we shouldn’t expect to hear anything about it this year.

“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,” boasted the company.

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,” concluded Microsoft.

The announcement follows a similar declaration from Sony, who earlier this year insisted it won’t unveil the PlayStation 4 at E3 in 2012.

Source: Kotaku 

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