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Xbox 720 a No-show At This Year's E3 182

Posted by timothy
from the tony-hawk's-graduated-to-bigger-numbers-too dept.
itwbennett writes "Microsoft dropped a bomb yesterday: they won't be showing new hardware this year or 'anytime soon.' Microsoft told Kotaku that '2012 is all about Xbox 360.' Meanwhile, Bloomberg's mysterious sources are saying that Microsoft 'may show the successor to its Xbox 360 in June 2013 at the E3 conference and put it on sale that same year.' This would 'be a fast journey from announcement to launch,' says Peter Smith, 'but it'd mean we'd still get a new Xbox for holiday 2013, which is about the earliest anyone has expected it to arrive anyway.'"
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Xbox 720 a No-show At This Year's E3

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  • by tomhath (637240) on Friday March 16, 2012 @07:29PM (#39384723)
    Microsoft issues a press release to announce that they're not going to announce anything. And it makes the headlines of Slashdot. And I'm reading it on a Friday night. That's it, I'm off to drink beer, even if it isn't free.
    • by captjc (453680) on Friday March 16, 2012 @07:37PM (#39384793)

      Microsoft issues a press release to announce that they're not going to announce anything. And it makes the headlines of Slashdot. And I'm reading it on a Friday night. That's it, I'm off to drink beer, even if it isn't free.

      Not only that, but it wasn't really expected to be there. Nintendo announced that the Wii U will be at this years E3, so every gaming publication seemed to bug Microsoft and Sony what they were going to do about it. They both, more or less said "nothing". Neither has any plans of releasing a next-gen console in the near future (i.e. this year).

      This is just them reiterating the same point that everyone knew, there is nothing to show at this time.

      My advice to you is to keep drinking heavily.

      • by bloodhawk (813939)
        There have been a number of industry experts/pundits in the last couple of months making public announcements that they have secret insider information that a new xbox would 100% guarenteed be at E3, MS needed to make an annoucement to put those idiots that like to make up such announcements back in there little box so people that are hanging out don't get such a huge disappointment when E3 rolls around. Expectation management.
      • by Belial6 (794905)
        Funny. I took the Kinect to be MS next gen console.
      • by Lumpy (12016)

        Microsofts response.

        A new console? are you kidding us? WE have idiots lined up buying this old turd, people that bought several units because of design flaws, and we are milking this for all it's worth. Hell we get people to pay us $60.00 a year to play online! Can you believe it? Come out with a new console... Yeah right!"

  • by sexconker (1179573) on Friday March 16, 2012 @07:32PM (#39384753)

    The next XBOX will be teased at this E3, but nothing concrete will be shown.
    It will be revealed in the Fall, probably through some shitty alternate reality game culminating in some MTV / other mass media "first look" at the console.

    You'll then get a drip feed of information until E3 2013, which will be the big blowout and release date / pricing announcement.
    In Fall of 2013 you will be able to buy it. Pick from 3 different SKUs priced at $399 (base shit), $499 (more storage, comes with Kinect 2) , and $599 (even more storage, Kinect 2, fancy headset, stupid shit you don't care about, possibly more Live! Gold credit).

    I guarantee it.

    • by xhrit (915936) on Friday March 16, 2012 @07:39PM (#39384833) Journal
      I highly doubt they will unveil plans for a new device before the holiday shopping season is over - otherwise a potential consumer might hold off on making a purchase until the new system is out. Chances are they will wait until the after major retail outlet return policy has expired before they make their next-next gen plans known...
      • by Nyder (754090)

        I highly doubt they will unveil plans for a new device before the holiday shopping season is over - otherwise a potential consumer might hold off on making a purchase until the new system is out. Chances are they will wait until the after major retail outlet return policy has expired before they make their next-next gen plans known...

        I think that depends on Nintendo. If they actually get a device out by xmas, MS would want to rain on their parade by "announcing" their next console, and saying how much better it is going to be and how many magic ponies it has.

    • Sounds right on except for the prices. Last time someone tried for a "standard" @ $500, it didnt work so well.

      • by Lumpy (12016)

        There are throngs of retards that are buying their little children delicate, easy to break ipads at $500.00. and they are selling better than anything else. I think the $500.00 price point will work just fine.

    • by Raenex (947668)

      I guarantee it.

      A money-back guarantee, right?

    • by NeMon'ess (160583) *

      All three models will come with Kinect 2. It would be stupid to split their market. A bigger question is will there be an optical drive? 16 GB flash memory will be even cheaper in eighteen months, and games could come on cards. The two more expensive models might still include an optical drive for playing 360 games and use as a media center.

  • by R3d M3rcury (871886) on Friday March 16, 2012 @07:41PM (#39384841) Journal

    Bloomberg's Mysterious Source: Microsoft will show the Xbox 720 this year!
    Microsoft: No we won't.
    Bloomberg's Mysterious Source: Microsoft will show the Xbox 720 next year!

    Next we'll hear that Microsoft was planning on showing it this year, but something happened at the last minute and they couldn't. So the rumor-monger wasn't wrong--it was a last minute change.

    Gads, they're as bad as the Apple rumor mongers.

  • Beating Sony to the target may be the goal.

    The 360, even if a marginally inferior machine took a large part of the console market thanks to beating Sony to the market. The benefits of the Sony didn't match the price difference.

    Wii took an even larger part using the killer combination of just about enough good graphics and a much lower price.

    Being 1st to the market is probably what they're after, again.

    • The 360 also had Xbox Live, which wipes the floor with PSN. The 360 is an okay console, but Live is a terrific service.
  • The replacement for one of the two consoles that have stated since day one that these would be at LEAST 10 year consoles, is not going to come out after 7 years of production ... in other news ...

    NO SHIT.

    • by captjc (453680)

      Just because the lifespan is supposed to be around 10 years, doesn't mean the next generation has to wait until the console was out for that long. With most consoles, there have always been some overlap. the NES wasn't discontinued immediately after the SNES was released, it hung on for a few years (in the case of Japan...until 2003!). 3DS is out and the DS is still kicking. Hell, even the PS2 is still hanging on.

      They can talk all they want about how long this cycle is going to last, but all they need is a

      • by tepples (727027)

        the NES wasn't discontinued immediately after the SNES was released

        But the GameCube was discontinued pretty dang quick after the Wii was released, as was the Xbox after the Xbox 360.

        • by captjc (453680)

          Two years on each, according to Wikipedia. While I can understand the Gamecube (seeing that the Wii is an enhanced GameCube), I believe Microsoft made the decision to cut their losses and double down on the 360. It was a shit move on their part, but it was probably the best move for them in the long run.

  • An Xbox 360 with Kinect built in?

    Truthfully, Microsoft quietly released their new console, the Kinect, when nobody was looking.

    It got my sister to buy an Xbox... my sister.

    She wasn't even interested in the Wii!

    • by Nyder (754090)

      An Xbox 360 with Kinect built in?

      Truthfully, Microsoft quietly released their new console, the Kinect, when nobody was looking.

      It got my sister to buy an Xbox... my sister.

      She wasn't even interested in the Wii!

      one question. Is your sister hot?

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