Amid tons of rumors and speculation that a next-gen Xbox would be shown at E3, Microsoft's come forth to set the record straight on rumblings about its next game console.
According to a tweet from Bloomberg reporter Dina Bass, Microsoft will NOT be showing off any new Xbox hardware at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June:
"'For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360,' Microsoft's Dennis says in statement explaining that there will be no talk/show of new Xbox at E3."
There goes all the hopes and dreams for the year. Gaming blog Kotaku also confirms the news, and has this official line from Microsoft:
"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."
From a business standpoint, Microsoft doesn't need a new console so soon. The company continues to breathe new life into the old box with revamped dashboard updates, new video content services and let's not forget, Kinect. There's also that snazzy new Star Wars Xbox 360 bundle coming out soon. MIcrosoft doesn't need to sell us any new stinking hardware!
Microsoft's going after the same prize Sony is going for: the long tail — the 10 year plan.
That settles that. No new Xbox at E3 this year. More love for the same old Microsoft franchises you've come to love. What a letdown.
But don't let that stop the rumors and hype from building up. Coincidentally, a job listing from developers Turn 10 (of Forza fame) for work on next-gen hardware popped up earlier this morning before it was pulled down.
It takes years of preparation to launch a game console. Rest assured, work on Microsoft's next-gen Xbox has already begun. It just won't launch by 2013 anymore.