E3 Reveal "Premature"
Rumours and reports have been dominating the news headlines recently, mainly involving the next-generation Xbox console that's heavily tipped for an E3 2012 reveal. However, Microsoft France have spoken out to assure gamers that there won't be any new hardware in 2012... and that the E3 revelation rumours are "premature." We've got the full statement below.
Speaking to Le Point (who have already provided two major stories today, impressively), Microsoft France marketing director Cedrick Delmax denied that the Xbox 360's life cycle is coming to an end - and that rumours of new hardware in 2012 are absolutely false.
We’re in an industry that talks a lot, that likes to tell stories. I am not convinced things will happen this year. Xbox 360′s cycle is not at all finished. The proof is that we don’t see the logic in cutting the price this year. E3 is still premature. What’s certain is that there’ll be nothing new in 2012.
We’re not here to counter Nintendo and they’re not here to fight the other manufacturers. Nintendo has put itself in a different cycle, they’re advancing at their own pace.
The fact that Microsoft's next console won't hit shelves until 2013 at the earliest is a fairly obvious one. New consoles don't tend to launch on the same year that they're officially announced (just look at the Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360 for prime examples). An E3 reveal for the next-generation Xbox is still on the cards, but looking more and more unlikely by the day.