CES ’12: Microsoft Conference Roundup

Did Microsoft reveal the Xbox 720 or not?

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Following shortly after Sony’s press conference, Microsoft took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show to discuss a handful of new products they have planned for the coming year. Since this is the gaming channel’s roundup, we’re obviously interested in the news concerning Microsoft’s gaming console, the Xbox. Sony disappointed us with a lack of focus on the PlayStation during their presser (we’re not holding it against them, honestly), so we went into the Microsoft conference hoping, nay, praying that the Xbox would be a major centerpiece of the company’s presser.

I guess we didn’t pray hard enough.

Microsoft barely touched on the Xbox 360 during the company’s final — yes, final — press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. The only info gleaned is that Kinect is coming to Windows on February 1st and that Kinect will be a driving force in blurring the line between television and gaming. To show this off, Microsoft had a stage demonstration of a little girl interacting with an episode of Sesame Street. For parents of children, this is cool news. For everyone else, especially the audience of Crave, the Microsoft conference turned out to be a quintessential snooze-fest where gaming is related.

So, how ‘bout that Xbox 720 reveal which was rumored to happen? Yup, it obviously didn’t come to fruition. Let this be a lesson to everyone (including ourselves): don’t always buy into what you’re being told. 9.99 times out of 10 it’s complete hearsay.