So much for speculation about the Xbox 720 appearing in early summer.
To stanch rumors about the next Xbox surfacing at the E3 game conference in June, Microsoft issued a flat-out denial today.
This comes as the company is deciding what to highlight at the big show, where Sony will tout its PlayStation Vita handheld gaming device and Nintendo likely will present its new Wii U console.
Microsoft is going to keep pitching the Xbox 360 — and maybe Xbox content coming to Windows 8, according to its statement:
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 theater 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.
I wonder if that rules out the debut of an upgraded Kinect sensor at the show. Or perhaps a price cut to keep the Xbox and Kinect rolling and hold the Wii U at bay?