For those who are anxiously awaiting the true identity of what gamers have already dubbed “Xbox 720”, it appears the wait will continue for at least the remainder of this year. Amid heavy rumor that a new console could be on the way as early as the 2012 holiday season, Microsoft Group PR Manager Ryan James sent a statement to Game Informer which all but debunked the chance of seeing a shiny new console this summer at E3. His exact quotes to the site are as follows:
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.”
Now, being somewhat of a rumormonger myself, I’d like to note that he would only commit to the year 2012 being prime Xbox 360 territory. I think we all know deep down that the Xbox 360 is running on it’s last legs, even if prematurely so. While sales continue to be strong, figuring out a time table for “anytime soon” is in the eye of the beholder. Sony is rumored to have a new PlayStation in the works for 2014, possibly earlier, so while the 360 will remain king for now it could be in Microsoft’s best interests to hit the next generation market as soon as possible without stepping on the Xbox 360’s momentum.
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