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No new Xbox hardware at E3 this year

Microsoft promises that there won't be any announcements regarding the next Xbox "at E3 or anytime soon." Why? "For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360-and it's the best year ever for Xbox 360."


The rumor mill has been abuzz lately about Microsoft's next Xbox console. While developers have apparently seen "Durango" running, Microsoft promises that there won't be any announcements "at E3 or anytime soon." Why? "For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360-and it's the best year ever for Xbox 360," a Microsoft representative commented.

"The console is coming off its biggest year ever-a year in which Xbox outsold all other consoles worldwide," the rep told Kotaku. If you've been following our monthly NPD reports, you'll know that Xbox 360 has consistently been the top-selling console in the US for quite some time--boosted by the mainstream appeal of its Kinect motion system. "In our seventh year, we sold more consoles than in any other year-defying convention."

To cut that momentum by announcing a new console might be unwise for Microsoft. Clearly, there's a lot more money to be earned in the Xbox 360 generation, especially with a holiday that will feature Halo 4, two new Fable games, and a new Forza game.

"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," the rep concluded.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    March 16, 2012 8:15 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, No new Xbox hardware at E3 this year.

    Microsoft promises that there won't be any announcements regarding the next Xbox "at E3 or anytime soon." Why? "For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360-and it's the best year ever for Xbox 360."

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      March 16, 2012 8:57 AM

      that's not surprising at all considering how adamant sony and microsoft were to comitting to a 10 year console cycle. However, while financially these systems are doing very well for themselves, I feel like technically and creatively we need to see a new console in the next year or 2. I've noticed that each year we get less and less new IP's and more and more sequels which again is not a bad thing but at this point they are being released so close to each other that it just feels like the same experience over and over again and I feel like having a new console can at least allow from some different ideas and games to be realized. Looking back at 2007 that was such a great year not only in terms of the quality of games but in how many new franchises were born out of that year (Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, Bioshock). Now those same titles are being annualized and while they are still polished experiences they feel less and less impressive each time. Having new consoles allows people to take more risks and also experiment with their new tech. I came to that realization at the end of 2011 looking at how many games just didn't excite me the way I hoped they would and also looking at this year and how many sequels we are getting and how most of them don't excite me as much as the new IP's do and I have never felt like this before.

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        March 16, 2012 2:08 PM

        I don't think sequalitis is going away with a new console. You are still going to have big budgets and low risk tolerance from the big players, and that means more numbered sequels.

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        March 16, 2012 2:16 PM

        Creatively we need a new console... wut

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          March 16, 2012 3:30 PM

          Bigger worlds, bigger textures, etc. He needed to hit enter a couple times in that post, but the points are valid.

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            March 16, 2012 6:10 PM

            I would think "creatively" the longer the system is out, the better (to a degree). The hardware is much easier to program for and well known by developers, especially if they've worked on multiple titles for the systems. They're able to get the most from the system with ease, which should, in essence, allow for more time to put toward development/creative processes, compared to figuring out how to get the most from the hardware.

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      March 16, 2012 12:08 PM

      No surprise there, even tho we feared it ... good news for nintendo.

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      March 16, 2012 1:54 PM

      If anything this will help the PC a lot. New technology is being developed for the PC and will probably be out before the new consoles arrive.

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        March 16, 2012 2:14 PM

        Well the Wii U is going to be available this year, although how it will perform is up in the air atm.

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        March 16, 2012 2:33 PM

        Yeah, but they will design all the games until then for consoles - so we will still have more or less console-quality games.

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        March 18, 2012 9:37 PM

        PC is at least 2 generations ahead of PS3/360 right now. "New technology" for PC is irrelevant when all the games are console ports. I WANT the consoles to come out ASAP so I can utilise my hardware.

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      March 16, 2012 11:47 PM

      To think that companies pay people to inform them that the market has enough overpriced gimmicks already astounds me.

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      March 18, 2012 5:48 PM

      I think the 360 has some gas in the tank, but there were some characters in Mass Effect 3 that reminded me just how old the tech is now. I'll look forward to the upgrade, but I enjoy this time when the tides move toward PC gaming. Once again, the ancient cycle.

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      March 18, 2012 9:38 PM

      I worry about what this means for the Wii-U. Before it appeared as though the Wii-U would be only very slightly behind the 720/PS4, so it could keep alive during the generation. If they both delay for a couple of years it could do a Dreamcast.

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