This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo just got a little less exciting, everybody.
In a statement released to the media, Microsoft has confirmed “that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3” this year “or anytime soon.”
The company went on to confirm the general consensus that Xbox 360 and its range of games, combined with Kinect and its planned titles, will remain Microsoft’s core videogame focus for 2012.
Here’s the full statement as written:
“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.”
So now that it’s been confirmed that Sony won’t be showing the PlayStation 4 at E3 2012, and we won’t be getting an ‘Xbox Next’ reveal, it’ll be up to Nintendo to provide the fireworks with the re-unveiling of its next-generation console, the Wii U.
No pressure Nintendo, but the excitement of E3 2012 now rests on your shoulders.
What else could possibly be revealed at E3 this year that could match the announcement of a new console? What game or unveiling would you most want to see at the show in Los Angeles in June?