Despite its usual “Microsoft does not comment on rumours” stance, Microsoft has commented on this year’s E3: It won’t be bringing and Xbox 720 to the show.
This announcement came in an email from head of corporate PR at Microsoft, David Dennis, saying: No new console will be shown at the L.A. show or anytime soon. While we appreciate all of 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.”
Considering the Xbox 720 isn’t likely to be released until the close of 2013 – since with the last two Xbox consoles Microsoft has preferred an end of year debut – it’s not wholy surprising that the firm isn’t planning to lift up its digital skirt at this year’s E3. It is a shame however for those that were looking forward to a showdown between Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft’s next gen hardware.
The latter firm has certainly been throwing chum in the water however, with job posting’s for work on “AAAA” titles and next generation development. There’s also been a lot of rumours floating around, including the use of the Durango codename and that Microsoft will be making use of a 6000 or 7000 AMD GPU in the 720. This should allow for a massive increase in computing power, with DirectX 11 style tesselation being one of the big features that gamers and enthusiasts will be looking for in any first demos.
No news yet on whether Sony will show off any new console at this year’s E3, but it seems unlikely. Even though it will be hoping to avoid the delayed release that was seen with the PS3, it seems likely that the Japanese electronics firm will hold off its own next-gen launch until 2013 also.