Xbox 720 at E3? In Your Dreams, Says Microsoft
Well, it wasn’t in such a blunt fashion, but that was the general gist of a statement released by Microsoft concerning recent rumors of a next-gen console from the software and gaming giant.
In short, there won’t be a reveal of an Xbox 720 (or some other fancy code-named console) at this year’s E3 extravaganza. According to a statement released (via Kotaku) by Microsoft’s head of corporate PR, David Dennis, there won’t be any discussions or showings “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 the statement.
“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 theater 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 company that usually chooses to let rumor and speculation blow on by, this is a very firm statement quashing any talk of an Xbox 720. The rumor mill reached an all-time spinning-high when it was suggested Sony might have their own next-gen console prepped for an outing. Since then, Sony’s CEO and President Jack Tretton has said that there’s no official plans for a PlayStation 4 in the cards just yet.
Is Microsoft just biding their time? We don’t know, but with their upcoming lineup of blockbuster titles, Microsoft doesn’t really need a new console to be successful in 2012. That might change next year, but we’re only in March.
For now, we guess the rumor mill can keep on spinning.