Things have been reportedly ticking under the Microsoft bonnet, at least according to technology blogger Paul Thurrott, who, in the latest WhatTheTech podcast, shared some information from his sources on what he apparently knows about Microsoft’s Xbox 720 and its possible reveal date, as well as other Xbox related projects.
The Xbox 720 will be quite an expensive piece of hardware, according to Thurrott. With a chuckle, he said that the Xbox 720 will cost $500, but – as well as touching the infamous rumour of an always-online internet connection – he also mentioned a subscription-based console for $300.
“Durango is going to be expensive [laughs], you know $500, $300 for the subscription, that kind of thing, but you know, Blu-ray, blah blah blah, but the thing that interest me, going back and looking at some of the stuff I got a long time ago, it actually says ‘must be internet-connected to use’ in the notes. And that’s all I have, but it does say that.”
Later on in the podcast, Thurrott claimed that the next Xbox’s reveal would be on May 21st, after acknowledging that originally Microsoft would reveal the Xbox 720 in April.
“Originally, they were going to announce this thing in April—April 24—now they’re going to announce it May 21. We know there are events occuring this year where we’re going to learn more about Durango.”
Thurrott then went on to talk about that the console – for developers – will have “basically the same” developer tools and APIs to work with as other Windows 8 platforms (apparently the Xbox 720 will be a Windows 8 device). He also stated that the console will be out in November when he was asked if it would launch in the fourth quarter of this year.
Not that I’m being entirely skeptical of what Thurrott has said, I still would suggest that until Microsoft officially confirms anything to with the Xbox 720, all we can do is bounce about rumours and speculations, regardless of how convincing they may be, or what sources they may have come from.
Still, I am looking forward to this supposed May reveal. Perhaps all our woes will be calmed, and all the rumours we’ve come to raise our fists to will be slated, and all will be good and right within in the universe.
Then, of course, they might not be, but I would like to stay optimistic about all this. Time can only tell.