Hoping to see a new Xbox sooner than the rumored late-2013 time frame? Well, sorry to disappoint. A Microsoft executive seems to have confirmed the company's lack of plans for a new console this year.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Point this weekend, Microsoft France Marketing Director Cedrick Delmax stated the following:
The cycle of the Xbox 360 is not at all complete. The proof is that we didn't start the year with a price-cutting mindset. . . . What's certain is that there will be nothing new in 2012. If we had to counter Nintendo, we'd have to be able to release something immediately, and that's not the case at all.
That ties in with a story IGN posted last week. In that report, IGN quoted unnamed sources who said the next Xbox will be out in the fall of 2013. The same sources said the console will have a GPU equivalent to today's Radeon HD 6670—although I hope that part isn't true. It'd be nice if the Xbox 720 (or whatever Microsoft ends up calling it) has a little more oomph.