Cedrick Delmas, marketing director of Microsoft France, has told Lepoint.fr in a new interview that there will be no new Xbox in 2012.
Speaking in response to a question relating to this matter, Delmas confirmed that the company is not yet in a position to release a new console.
“We’re in an industry that talks a lot, that likes telling stories. I am not convinced that things will happen this year. The Xbox 360′s cycle is not over at all. The proof is that we haven’t price cut this year.
“Afterward, what will happen at E3, it’s still too early to say. 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.
“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.”
There have certainly been plenty of rumours regarding the nextbox, with reports suggesting that the chips are already in production and that developers could soon have access to debug consoles. While this still could be the case, it seems that, as suspected, there will be no new Xbox until at least late 2013.