I've had the strangest feeling recently — that I'll go to E3 this year with a head full of next-generation dreams only to be disappointed as both Sony and Microsoft no-show their new consoles. Sony has already stated they won't be unveiling a new PlayStation at this year's E3, and now an executive at Microsoft France is saying any talk of a next gen Xbox at this year's E3 is "premature".
"We’re in an industry that talks a lot, that likes to tell stories," said Microsoft France's Marketing Director Cedrick Delmas. "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."
I'd imagine that information surrounding any announcement of a next generation Xbox at E3 2012 would be tightly mananged by execs in Microsoft's game division — to the extent that it's possible that Delmas may not be aware of any announcement, or Delmas is aware, but under strict orders to not divulge anything.
But the simple explanation, of course, is that Microsoft simply isn't going to announce anything this year.