As the rumor mill is alight with speculation a successor to the Xbox 360, many hope that E3 2012 will serve as a prelude to the next generation (not forgetting the Wii U, of course) of consoles. A great rift shall appear in the firmament, and out therefrom, heaven's trumpets shall fill the ears of mortals with sonic rapture. The Virgin Mary herself shall descend - bathed in the radiance of a thousand suns - looking upon the multitudes with maternal kindness. Then, as the light dissipates, man shall lay eyes upon the Madonna, clad in immaculate robes and clutching at her breast the greatest treasure of the hereafter - prayers innumerable, made manifest by divinity's grace and formed by God's omnipotent hands - the Xbox *insert name of next-gen console*.
Sadly, it seems that such fanfare isn't in the cards - at least for E3. Countering speculation that the fabled 360 successor would make its debut at the event, Ryan James (Group PR Manager for Microsoft Studios) gave the following statement to Game Informer:
While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future, we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon. [...] For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360--and it's the best year ever for Xbox 360. The console is coming off its biggest year ever--a year in which Xbox outsold all other consoles worldwide.
Still, with the Wii U out on the horizon, it's getting nearer and nearer to "new console" season. While Microsoft won't be showing off any future-tech at E3, one can only assume that the company has something in the works.
What do you think, gamers? Is there anything in particular you're hoping for in the next Microsoft console? Sound off in the comments section below!