Speaking ahead of the LA based show Microsoft has confirmed that it will not be showcasing any next-generation Xbox 720 console at E3 2012
Bringing to an end months of rumour and speculation, quashing frantic excitement in the process, Microsoft has spoken out on its next-generation Xbox console stating there will be no Xbox 720 unveiling at E3 2012.
Despite having previously confirmed that it would not release its next-generation console this year much speculation had surrounded the possible E3 unveiling of the repeatedly tipped Xbox 720 ahead of 2013 Xbox 720 release date.
Making the announcement via an official email to a number of industry outlets, Microsoft’s head of corporate PR, David Dennis has confirmed that the Redmond based tech giant will not showcase a new Xbox console during E3 2012 or indeed “anytime soon.”
"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," the Microsoft representative said.
"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."
A break from Microsoft’s usual line of “we do not comment on rumour and speculation,” the latest announcement will be a disappointment to gaming fans with the much mooted Xbox 720 following the heavily rumoured Sony PS4 in being at least another year away.
A decade after Microsoft unveiled the first Xbox console a number of rumours had previously suggested the Seattle based tech powerhouse would official unveil its third-generation console, the heavily rumoured Xbox 720, later this year at E3 2012.
Reported to feature a processor six times faster than its predecessor, with the next-gen console to hit stores with a price point considerably lower than previous console introductions, the Xbox 720 has been rumoured to be heading to launch with a controller similar to that of the Nintendo Wii 2 boasting an inbuilt screen.