Microsoft Kills Dreams, Says No New Xbox in 2012

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Gamers will be disappointed to learn that there is no plan to release a new console to replace the six-year-old Xbox 360 anytime soon, according to a statement from Microsoft.

With this year's E3 less than three months away, many hoped Microsoft would use the platform to announce new hardware, as they have done in the past -- details about the XBox 360 were introduced at E3 in 2005.

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"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," said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Microsoft said they plan to focus on releasing new, high-profile games for their existing console this year, such as Halo 4. And given that the Kinect, the Xbox's motion control system, is only two years old, Microsoft thinks they still have a lot of life in the console. It's a safe bet: according to the company's spokesperson, the Xbox 360 outsold all other consoles, DVD players and home theater systems worldwide.

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The Xbox 360 was released on Nov. 22, 2005, and an updated, slimmer version was released five years later. It's clear that Microsoft plans to put the console through its paces, which could be a boon to those who don't want to shell out a few hundred bucks for a hardware upgrade.

Microsoft's latest console has actually enjoyed the longest lifespan of all video game consoles currently on the market. The original Xbox was on shelves four years before being eclipsed by the current model; it was released in the U.S. on Nov. 15, 2001. Sony's consoles also had a six-year gap between release; the PlayStation 2 was released in 2000, and the PlayStation 3 came out in 2006.

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