Many have been speculating that a new hardware from Microsoft and Sony would be unveiled at E3 this year ever since Nintendo announced its Wii U console. Microsoft has confirmed that it will not be showing off any new Xbox hardware for E3. It has said that 2012 will be all about the Xbox 360. There have been rumors that the next Xbox won’t do discs anymore.
“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.”
Last month it was revealed that Sony would not be unveiling the PlayStation 4, according to Sony Chief Jack Tretton.
“In terms of when you talk about [the next generation] and when you announce it, it really depends on the health of the existing platform and the other things you have going on,” Tretton remarked. “And right now, we’re focused on PlayStation 3, and I’ve got another platform (PlayStation Vita) to get out the door in seven days, so I don’t want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology anytime soon. I want to focus all our energy on our console business, which is really just hitting its stride, and Vita, which really deserves a dedicated push from us.”
There you have it. Nintendo is the only one getting ahead of itself with the Wii U. Microsoft and Sony are fine with their current consoles at the moment, and I don’t see why they would need to announce a new one any time soon.