Microsoft France: No new Xbox game console in 2012

If you were holding out hope that Microsoft was going to launch a new Xbox game console by the end of 2012, your hopes are now officially dashed. Eurogamer.net reports, via a French language web site, that a Microsoft official has said the company has no plans to release a new game console this year.

The article from Lepoint.fr quotes Cedrick Delmas, marketing director of Microsoft France, as saying:

What's certain is that there will be nothing new in 2012. If we wanted to counter Nintendo, we would have to be in a position to release something immediately, and that is not at all the case.

Delmas is referring, of course, to Nintendo's already announced Wii U, which made its first appearance at E3 2011 and is currently scheduled to launch before the end of 2012. Delmas also talked about Microsoft's philosophy as opposed to Nintendo, saying:

We're not here to counter Nintendo and they're not here to fight the other manufacturers. Nintendo has put itself in a different cycle, it's going forward to its own rhythm, with success as we have seen with the Wii, and now it's their turn to present their innovation.

While Microsoft may not actually launch a new Xbox console in retail stores this year, they could announced some preliminary details about their next gaming console at E3 this June with an eye to launching it by the end of 2013. A recent rumor claimed that the next Xbox console will have a graphics processor that will be six times as powerful as the current Xbox 360.

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I predict Microsoft and Sony : No new Xbox or Ps4 game console at e3 in 2013 or 2014 but maybe in 2015 and not released until fall 2015 or some time in 2016.

casper2 said,
I predict Microsoft and Sony : No new Xbox or Ps4 game console at e3 in 2013 or 2014 but maybe in 2015 and not released until fall 2015 or some time in 2016.

Guess we'll see, i'm fully expecting something for 2013-14.

so, i think we could maybe see something at E3... i didnt expect its release this year

However, i do think that 2013 is very much possible, considering all the rumors and such going around.

A pointless statement really. Nobody was expecting it this year anyway. Its always released the year after its announced.

HardyRexion said,
Wasn't it reported last week that the expected release is Sept/Oct 2013?

Yeah, the expectation is that it will be announced this year but released next year. Sony will probably do something similar since neither will want the Wii U (which is launching in 2012) to go unchallenged.

Arkose said,

Yeah, the expectation is that it will be announced this year but released next year. Sony will probably do something similar since neither will want the Wii U (which is launching in 2012) to go unchallenged.

Do you think all those with Wii consoles gathering dust will learn their lesson this time? Especially now the other two big consoles have equivalent, and some might say better motion control hardware.

Ok. Now that you have one year more, then let's hope that the rumored video card gets updated to at least the 77+xx series or higher.

Jose_49 said,
Ok. Now that you have one year more, then let's hope that the rumored video card gets updated to at least the 77+xx series or higher.

They may as well make a new console if they do that.

Jose_49 said,
Ok. Now that you have one year more, then let's hope that the rumored video card gets updated to at least the 77+xx series or higher.

One more year than what? It was never being released this year, nothing has changed.

Chrono951 said,
With Kinect doing well and Halo 4 coming out this year, they wouldn't overshawdow that with a new console.

Exactly. That's the point I made somewhere in the forums. They would not have these heavy hitters coming out now on the 360 if a new console was that close to release...

warwagon said,
Well not surprising if they are only just handing out the Dev consoles. These games take a few years to make.

Absolutely. It was unrealistic to expect it this year all things considered...