Microsoft has officially nuked all rumors that point to a 2012 release of its next-generation Xbox console.
News that Microsoft's upcoming next-generation Xbox not arriving in 2012 has been a no-brainer for a while now, especially after learning that software studios -- whether it's for gaming or other multimedia applications -- won't even receive development kits (SDKs) until April. But now a Microsoft executive has stepped forward to resolve any lingering rumors that gamers may see the entertainment system by the 2012 holiday season.
In short, nothing new this year.
"We’re in an industry that talks a lot, that likes to tell stories," said Cedrick Delmax, marketing director of Microsoft France, during an interview with LePoint.Fr. "I am not convinced things will happen this year. Xbox 360′s cycle is not at all finished. The proof is that we don’t see the logic in cutting the price this year. E3 is still premature. What’s certain is that there will be nothing new in 2012."
Delmax added that Microsoft doesn't plan to make any "hasty moves" to counter Nintendo's Holiday 2012 release of the upcoming Wii U console. "We’re not here to counter Nintendo and they’re not here to fight the other manufacturers," he said. "Nintendo has put itself in a different cycle, they’re advancing at their own pace."
Nintendo will reportedly re-introduce the Wii U this June at E3 2012 sporting new features that have been implemented since its last showing. The company is also expected to fully explain the details surrounding its new Nintendo Network which will support both the Wii U and the 3DS handheld. Microsoft, on the other hand, isn't expected to show its Xbox 720 this year despite various rumors, but to make a full disclosure during the 2013 event.
And what about Sony? Last we heard, the company was likely not to join the next-generation console war, choosing to ride out the PlayStation 3 wave instead. In a separate LePoint.fr interview, PlayStation France boss Philippe Cardone admitted that Sony will be the last to announce anything console-related.
"It’s true that there are a lot of rumors, but I couldn’t tell you anything," Cardone said. "Wii is pressed for time because it’s in decline. In our case, we have a lot less pressure. We were the last to release PS3, and we will probably be the last to announce something."