Yes, rumors for the next Xbox has been running wild as of late, but don’t expect any announcement regarding that front from Microsoft when E3 rolls around.
The company has confirmed that they’re not going to be showing the next iteration of the Xbox at this year’s E3 – which is the place where this sort of thing normally happens…a given since E3 is the world’s largest videogame convention.
Microsoft’s full statement can be read 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.
Given this admission, I’m guessin the next Xbox most likely won’t be making its 2013 speculated release date, no? In any case, it seems that Nintendo’s Wii U might be the only next-gen hardware making an appearance at the convention.