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No Xbox 720 at this year’s E3 Event

It may still be a long way from release, but pretty much every gamer worth their salt has spent at least a moment or two thinking about the next-gen Xbox.

There have been plenty of rumours about the new console, dubbed the Xbox 720 by gamers and dubbed the Xbox Durango by Microsoft.

Whether any of these rumours come true remains to be seen. But there is one piece of speculation that has now been well and truly put to bed, and unfortunately it concerns the launch date.

It was always a long shot, but some reports had suggested that we’d see a version of the next-gen console at E3 later this year.

Unsurprising announcement

The more pessimistic techies out there were always dubious, but we’re sure even they dared to dream once or twice. But the dream is over now, with Microsoft confirming there will be no next-gen Xbox at this year’s event.

“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,” Microsoft said in a statement released to tech website Kotaku.

“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.”

No Xbox 720 for a while

It’s a disappointing announcement, and one that means we may not see the Xbox 720 until E3 2013 – a very long way off.

“This year, we will deliver more TV, music, and movie experiences for Xbox 360-as we’ll make it even easier to find and control your all entertainment,” the statement continued.

“And this year, Xbox games, music, and video are coming to Windows 8 so people can enjoy their Xbox entertainment wherever they go.”

On-the-go Xbox gaming sounds great, but we want next-gen gaming and we want it now!