While gaming fans and communities may already be clamoring for new home gaming hardware, both Sony and Microsoft have now officially shown signs that we shouldn’t expect anything from them anytime soon. Sony’s Kaz Hirai denied the PlayStation 4’s presence at E3 this year back during CES, and Sony’s Phillipe Cardon said that his company will be the last to announce a new machine.
Microsoft has joined the surge of new console denial reports. Microsoft France Marketing Director Cedrick Delmax spoke with LePoint.fr, a French gaming site, about the current state of the Xbox 360 and Microsoft’s non-plans to announce anything new. Here he is, as translated by Develop:
“I am not convinced things will happen this year…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…
E3 is still premature. What’s certain is that there’ll be nothing new in 2012.”
Microsoft and Sony are both enjoying well selling systems. With the injection of new games and new hardware like the Move and Kinect, both machines have enjoyed strong sales performances. Because of that, there’s no reason to introduce brand new gaming hardware.
Joystiq reached out to Microsoft in regards to this news and received the following statement:
We’re always thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology, as we did with Kinect. We believe the key to extending the lifespan of a console is not just about the console hardware, but about the games and entertainment experiences being delivered to consumers. We have made no announcements regarding a next generation console and do not comment on rumors or speculation.
Microsoft clearly thinks their console can live with new additions and tweaks instead of a complete hardware refresh.