Nope; There Will Be Zero Xbox 720 At E3
Since late last year, Microsoft has been the subject of persistent expectation that it intends to unveil their next gen console at E3 2012. That console, supposedly code-named ‘Durango’ by Microsoft but referred to as the Xbox 720 by everyone else, has never been confirmed. However rumored features abound: have DVR capability; it won’t work with used games; it won’t have a disc drive. Alas, we’ll have to wait a but longer to find out of any of this is true. They won’t be at E3.
Microsoft confirmed this in a statement by David Dennis, released yesterday. “While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future,” the statement reads, “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 full statement reads:
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.
So there you have it: Microsoft intends to emphasize the slate of games planned for the current gen, as expected, and squeeze one more year out of Xbox 360. That slate includes Halo 4, Forza Horizon, and Fable: The Journey, as well as new features available on XBLA. Probably a wise choice. Microsoft Joins Sony, who confirmed back in January that they won’t unveil PS4 this year. Luckily, if you simply must have a new console to drool over, Nintendo is likely to have more than just a mock up of Wii U this year. There’s even a 50% chance that it won’t suck.