After months of speculation, leaked reports, rumors, and anticipation that Microsoft might announce a new Xbox console at E3, the powers that be saw fit to temporarily depart from its longstanding policy of staying tight-lipped when it comes to unannounced products to put the kibosh on hopes we'd get our first glimpse of the Xbox 720, or the 'new Xbox,' to borrow a page from Apple.
"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," a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email making the rounds. "For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360-and it’s the best year ever for Xbox 360."
One of the more recent rumors related to Microsoft's next generation console was that it would skip an optical drive altogether in favor of built-in storage and a media card slot, a controversial decision that may or may not be on the table. Either way, we won't find out at E3, and it will be at least 2013 before we see another console from Microsoft.
"The [Xbox 360] is coming off its biggest year ever-a year in which Xbox outsold all other consoles worldwide," Microsoft continued. "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."
Are you bummed that there won't be a new Xbox announcement at E3, or are you content with your current hardware?