It seems like every day there’s a new rumor regarding the inevitable successor to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, but don’t expect Microsoft themselves to say anything about the mysterious new console any time soon.
In an interview with French news outlet Le Pointe, a Microsoft representative stated “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.” It makes sense: despite not having a price drop in 2011, the Xbox 360 dominated both software and hardware sales. Speaking purely financially, Microsoft has a good thing going with their current console and has zero reason to put an end to that.
Microsoft’s statement echoes similar sentiments from Sony, who has already emphatically stated they have no plans to announce or even tease the PS4 at this year’s E3, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft waited as long as possible before beginning a new hardware generation. Nintendo has already confirmed that the Wii U will launch in Fall of this year, and while that could potentially shake up the market, Nintendo’s tablet based console is certainly a huge risk, and Microsoft and Sony seem like they’re content to see how Nintendo’s bizarre experiment pans out. While new console announcements are always exciting, my already strained bank account and I thank Microsoft for making sure there’s one less thing for me to buy this year.
Source: Le Point