Microsoft Corp. officially denied plans to demonstrate its next-generation Xbox video game system at the E3 industrial trade-show in June, 2012. The company stressed that the upcoming E3 is all about Xbox 360 and is not about Xbox Next, which is due in 2013, according to unofficial information.
"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," said Ryan James, group PR manager for Microsoft Studios, reports GameInformer web-site.
Microsoft has reasons not to show off any next-generation Xbox (code-named Loop or Durango) this year as it needs to emphasize the currently available hardware, software and services and provide prospect of what can be done with the Xbox as a platform that will eventually include PCs and smartphones. Another strong reason not to demonstrate the Xbox Next may be the lack of finalized specifications or even final concept itself.
Earlier this year Sony Computer Entertainment also denied plans to show off the PlayStation 4 hardware at the E3 this year, partly because it will need to attract as much attention to the PlayStation Vita portable system as possible and partly because it hopes to keep people impressed with the PlayStation 3.
But while both Microsoft and Sony have their reasons not to show off their future game consoles and technologies at the E3 2012, with Nintendo launching Wii U later this year both will have to start disclosing details about their future hardware in a bid to slowdown sales of competing system.
Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Next, Xbox Loop, Durango
Comments currently: 2
Discussion started: 03/16/12 05:49:51 AM
Latest comment: 03/17/12 03:44:43 PM
It's amazing that the current generation of consumers have such low standards that they are willing to buy 6-7 year old consoles for $200-300! In the past, a 5-year-old console would be considered ancient history, finding its way towards the $99-129 price mark. Here we are in 2012 with PS3 bundles selling for $299 and MS pushing special edition Xbox versions without Blu-Ray drive for $300+. The joke is on the consumer.
Well that pretty much guarantees that the next Xbox will launch in the 2nd half of 2013 (at the earliest), probably towards the end of the year. It doesn't seem like they have finalized the design or are even close to introducing it. It would make sense then why they don't want to create the hype for the next Xbox at this year's E3 since it would still be 1.5 years away. Hyping up your next console so far away would be detrimental to the sales of the current console which I am sure they still want to sell for the next 1.5 years.
Looking back, it's unbelievable to think that Xbox 360 launched in November 2005 and the next one will launch almost 8 years later. Historically, that would have been almost 2 full console generations. I view the industry's shift to such long console life cycles as disappointing. It's impeding progress and graphical innovation and it's changing the standards for what's acceptable in terms of technological advancements for the general public. This also likely means the next console after probably won't launch until 2021....sad.
Just to think if the old consoles were going at 8 years per cycle, this is how today's world would have looked like:
NES - October 18, 1985
SNES - Introduced October 18, 1993
N64 - Introduced October 18, 2001
Gamecube - Introduced October 18, 2009
Wii - Introduced October 18, 2017
Wii U - Introduced October 18, 2025 ...
El. Oh. El.
03/16/12 05:49:51 AM]
Xbox has no real competition and because of that they aren't in a hurry to rush a new console. They are going to milk the Xbox 360 until it's dry. Kinect gave the Xbox 360 new life and because of that Microsoft doesn't feel the need to put out a new console and pay research and development fees for the 2 two years and the price of the hardware it cost to produce that's higher then what the console is sold for before they can start to see a profit from the console. Micrsoft has been profiting from the Xbox 360 for the past fews years now since all of the research and devlopment fees are paid off and the price of the hardware being produce for the 360 has been less then what they are selling the 360 for. So in Microsoft mind they are sitting pretty. As long as the 360 gives them sales the longer the wait is for a new console to debute. The up side to that is by the time the 720 does come out maybe Micrsoft will have revised hardware for it. So waiting an extra year could mean better hardware for the 720.
03/17/12 03:44:43 PM]
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