Microsoft: Seriously, No Xbox Hardware at E3

The last few months have brought us tons of juicy rumors about the Xbox 720. We know that it's codenamed Durango, and last week we heard that it would be losing the disc drive in favor of an alternative form of interchangeable solid storage. There's also been a lot of talk of Microsoft announcing the console at E3 in June this year. While Microsoft is not expected to release the console this year, many have speculated that Redmond will at least give us a glimpse of it this summer. Microsoft said back in January that it didn't have anything to announce, but that hasn't stopped the rumors.

Sadly, it seems it really is not meant to be. Microsoft has once again quashed rumors that it will have new Xbox hardware on hand at E3. In a statement sent to Kotaku, the company has reiterated that there won't be a new Xbox at E3. Microsoft said that the Xbox 360 is having it's best year ever, following an amazing year in 2011, so they're going to focus on building the Xbox 360 momentum with Halo 4, Forza Horizon, Fable: The Journey, and more.

Check out the full statement below:

"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."

Microsoft said in January that Kinect had refreshed the Xbox and made it a brand new console, and considering this latest statement, the company obviously thinks the 360 has some mileage left. Do you think the 360 is getting a bit tired? Is it time for Xbox 720? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • smalltime0
    They may as well take their time developing the next console. Xbox360 and PS3 are both still going strong, there is no point launching a new platform yet.
  • bnot
    To be honest I'm surprised that Microsoft claimed they outsold all consoles, since according to the sales stats PS3 won out in 2011, and before that it was Nintendo Wii.

    But I can understand why they'd stick with the current console for the time being. If it's still a strong market, why change things? To develop and produce a new console costs an incredible amount of money, let alone getting an SDK out to other developers and then waiting for them to gain momentum and get use to the new specs and SDK to produce better games. In the end it's also about profit to them more than anything else, which is understandable.

    With the stuff coming out for the PC as of late to help fill the void until new consoles are released, I'm happy to wait for the time being. Besides, they still seem to be developing the media section of the consoles, and expanding on them, which will carry over to the new consoles when they are produced, so it's still good. EG: That Windows 8 and Xbox360 mention.
  • mgdoble
    Who cares if they're still going strong, this is a product released in 2005. Compared to a PC processor and grahics card its a dinosaur. What ever happened to innovation and giving consumers better and better technology. They are holding back game development as its all geared to the same low tech platform and graphic quality never improves. Microsoft has said that they are happy with the Xbox and it has a ten year life cycle. Of course they are, the fact is consumers don't know any better and there is no competition (I guess Sony is happy too).

    Can you imagine in the next 50 years there are only going to be 5 new versions of the Xbox. Do you think Apple will sit back and say, Ipad3 yeah looks pretty good lets wait ten more years before we make an Ipad4. The should be making a backward compatible new Xbox every three years and give us a vision of the future.