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Microsoft Confirms No New Xbox in 2012

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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."

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    Trialsking , January 31, 2012 5:21 AM
    I am so shocked and sad at the same time, I was so looking forward two that beefy 6670

    /sarcasm
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    jairus24 , January 31, 2012 6:25 AM
    I'll stick to my gaming desktop, it's way much better than the current generation consoles.
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    alhanelem , January 31, 2012 6:50 AM
    even the next generation consoles wont even match the performance of last years pc hardware
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    Trialsking , January 31, 2012 5:21 AM
    I am so shocked and sad at the same time, I was so looking forward two that beefy 6670

    /sarcasm
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    fyasko , January 31, 2012 6:24 AM
    TrialskingI am so shocked and sad at the same time, I was so looking forward two that beefy 6670/sarcasm


    the sooner they get the next gen consoles out the sooner we can utilize the hardware we buy for our builds.

    i'm still rocking a gtx460
  • 21 Hide
    jairus24 , January 31, 2012 6:25 AM
    I'll stick to my gaming desktop, it's way much better than the current generation consoles.
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    alhanelem , January 31, 2012 6:50 AM
    even the next generation consoles wont even match the performance of last years pc hardware
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    dimar , January 31, 2012 6:55 AM
    ..to be released in 2014 with HD 6670 right before 8k TVs come out..
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    ta152h , January 31, 2012 6:59 AM
    When the Wii U comes out, what reason will anyone have to by the Xbox 360? It might change Microsoft's perspective, since they'll be pretty much inferior at everything (not that this will anything new to them, but it's not a monopoly in this situation).

    They are surely aware the Wii U will have some impact. It's going to be faster, made by a better company, probably more innovative, and will have a broader audience to get upgrades from. Xbox 360 sells because it's better hardware, but when it's not, and is visibly dated, it's got to have an impact.

    Maybe not 2012, but it's got to be soon after, or their sales will dry up, regardless of whether they think Nintendo is a competitor or not.
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    mattyg_nz , January 31, 2012 7:09 AM
    Quote:
    I'll stick to my gaming desktop, it's way much better than the next generation consoles.

    FTFY
  • 6 Hide
    DroKing , January 31, 2012 7:40 AM
    Wow They really are milking "current" generation HARD this time around comparing to previous generations =/
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    amk-aka-Phantom , January 31, 2012 8:05 AM
    They'll probably just get their ass kicked by Sony and there will be more PC focus. That's all. Right now, barely any new games have ANYTHING interesting to offer. In the last half a year, I enjoyed:

    1) Witcher 2. Made for PC, great unique gameplay, great graphics, good story.

    2) Battlefield 3 - great graphics.

    3) Space Marine and Dawn of War - Warhammer 40K and entertaining gameplay.

    4) Mass Effect 1/2 - great story, great gameplay, a unique interactive storytelling game

    5) Skyrim - enough said

    6) Just Cause 2 - Just Great.

    Right now, the only thing I'm looking forward to playing is Mass Effect 3 (and moar Skyrim). I don't even want to buy a second 560 Ti despite having the money for it - why would I? 90% of the games that are coming out nowadays are complete junk, not worthy of even being mentioned. They'll have to come up with something worth buying either because of amazing graphics or amazing gameplay with okay (console-level) graphics. In the first case, they'll have to shift to PC and in the second, it doesn't matter if the graphics hang on the console level for a bit more... they can always follow BF3 way and develop for PC then port to console so that everyone is happy.

    I'm REALLY wondering why the hell isn't anyone trying to resurrect old franchises like Redline, Populous or Dungeon Keeper. Made with modern graphics, those would sell SO well!
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    Anonymous , January 31, 2012 8:38 AM
    Im doing fine with a Geforce8800GT @ 1366x768
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    alikum , January 31, 2012 9:08 AM
    amk-aka-PhantomThey'll probably just get their ass kicked by Sony and there will be more PC focus. That's all. Right now, barely any new games have ANYTHING interesting to offer. In the last half a year, I enjoyed: 1) Witcher 2. Made for PC, great unique gameplay, great graphics, good story.2) Battlefield 3 - great graphics.3) Space Marine and Dawn of War - Warhammer 40K and entertaining gameplay.4) Mass Effect 1/2 - great story, great gameplay, a unique interactive storytelling game5) Skyrim - enough said6) Just Cause 2 - Just Great.Right now, the only thing I'm looking forward to playing is Mass Effect 3 (and moar Skyrim). I don't even want to buy a second 560 Ti despite having the money for it - why would I? 90% of the games that are coming out nowadays are complete junk, not worthy of even being mentioned. They'll have to come up with something worth buying either because of amazing graphics or amazing gameplay with okay (console-level) graphics. In the first case, they'll have to shift to PC and in the second, it doesn't matter if the graphics hang on the console level for a bit more... they can always follow BF3 way and develop for PC then port to console so that everyone is happy. I'm REALLY wondering why the hell isn't anyone trying to resurrect old franchises like Redline, Populous or Dungeon Keeper. Made with modern graphics, those would sell SO well!

    Sony used to be the king of consoles ... Then ...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , January 31, 2012 9:41 AM
    alikumSony used to be the king of consoles ... Then ...


    ... they took an arrow to the knee?
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    HEXiT , January 31, 2012 10:17 AM
    DroKingWow They really are milking "current" generation HARD this time around comparing to previous generations =/
    probably because it took them so long to make a profit on it... after all them broken returns would put a big dent in there bottom line. i doubt they would want a repeat of that. this time they will hopefully not rush it out and get the build quality correct. the only problem i see is that by the time it arrives pc's will be ready for dx12 or higher while the consoles will be left with dx11 to keep cost down.
    after all who wants to pay 600 for hardware thats already or soon to be dated?
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    nebun , January 31, 2012 11:20 AM
    this does not surprise me at all....once these so called stupid gamers stop buying their crap maybe the company will develop something better.....why fix something if it's not broken, wait...it is broken, they are just a little slow to fixing it.....milk that cow
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    Dandalf , January 31, 2012 11:38 AM
    Thing that annoys me about consoles is how the hardware that's decided for them, basically decides the quality of games us PC gamers will see. Has anyone else noticed how games graphics advanced to a point... then simply stopped? Look at CoD. Does MW3 look better than MW2? They look the same. Look at the graphics leap of Daggerfall > Morrowind > Oblivion..... now look at Oblivion > Skyrim.

    Games consoles are controlling our destiny. It used to be the other way around. We are giving power to companies that want to STOP the sale of used games, or force their users to sign a license agreement wavering their right to take legal action. I still can't get over the fact you have to pay a monthly subscription to Microsoft just to play games over the internet.

    I'll probably get rated down for this but come on, am I the only one who hates consoles?
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    rantoc , January 31, 2012 12:06 PM
    In later news the average calculator now have the power of the by today standard ancient console hardware while for instance PC make big leaps each year but yet held hostage as few developers devote the time or simply lack the skill to take advantage of it through dx11 + hires textures.

    Like Dr.Evil use to say - Console is semi-gaming. Console is quasi-gaming. Console is the margarine of gaming. Console is the Diet Coke of Gaming. Console is just one calorie - Not gaming gfx enough.
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    dickcheney , January 31, 2012 12:18 PM
    fyaskothe sooner they get the next gen consoles out the sooner we can utilize the hardware we buy for our builds. i'm still rocking a gtx460


    Well, a rift is starting to take place. Hopefully we can get some PC exclusive titles from devs bored with the current gen consoles limitations.

    zjhzdhsd4444gIm doing fine with a Geforce8800GT @ 1366x768


    Its funny to look back at my GPU ownership history...

    8800GT -> GTX 9800 -> GTX 260 -> GTX 470 -> GTX 580

    Meanwhile in console land.

    8800GT.... still 8800GT
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    dickcheney , January 31, 2012 12:29 PM
    On the other hand, math is on our side.

    Lets take BF3.

    My PC (2500K/580) run the game at 120FPS (with a 120hz mon) at 1920*1080
    A console does it at 30FPS at 1280*720

    PC
    1980*1080= 2,073,600
    2,073,600*120= 248,832,000 pixel/s

    Xbox
    1280*720= 921,600
    921,600*30= 27,648,000 pixel/s

    Thus a console pumps out 11.1% of what my PC does. Or, my PC is 9x faster than a Xbox.
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    Anonymous , January 31, 2012 1:37 PM
    It's funny but the rumor about the HD6670 being the graphics for the nextgen xbox is comparable to the nvidia 8800GT that I had in my pc years ago. I hope that whenever Microsoft does get around to releasing their nextgen console they aim a little higher than that. Considering that they probably will want to keep that console alive for many years into the future.
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    captaincharisma , January 31, 2012 2:31 PM
    they need more time to get the fail rate up to 100% :) 
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