Xbox 720 to be Expensive and Slated for a May Reveal?

By Kieran Mackintosh On 8 Apr, 2013 At 04:54 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, Next-Gen, Xbox 720 | With 14 Comments

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.

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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.

Chirps to NeoGAF and Develop. Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next time!

Kieran "KingSongbird" Mackintosh was a fledgling freelance videogame journalist. He has resigned due to RL issues, but yearns to come back with a vengeance! His gaming interests lie in anything Sci-Fi, but he has a particular soft spot for RTSs, City Builders and any game that allows him to fly. He prefers visual aesthetics over graphical fidelity and values story, animation and character development over gameplay. For updates and shenanigans, follow him @KingSongbird!
  • http://www.facebook.com/wsublues Brandon Brackett

    I heard that the new xbox will not only be expensive but it wont play blu-ray, wont play used games, will only use kenect for all controling, wont play new games with the letter E in the title, will come with a optional solar panel add on to stay on all the time, will effectivly double the monthy cost of Xbox Live service, will only function on the Hughesnet internet service and no other, and will use mini-discs instead of full CD’s and downloads because according to a unknamed microsoft source “Nintendo got it right with the gamecube”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.lemieux.18 Brandon Lemieux

      At first I thought you were being serious, lol

      Well played!

  • SamboHex

    If everything I been hearing or most things I been hearing is true then I wont get the new Xbox and just stick with the Playstation. If most of the negative is just rumors and not true then I will get it. they better come correct or I’m sure they will lose some fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.cabaniss.18 Eric Cabaniss

    Can’t play 360 games? Must play online? Not interested.

    • Ray186

      What is wrong with people. “Always connected” means t6that before you are able to do anything with the console it will have to connect to an online server. Not that you “Must play online”.

      • Ryan

        No always connected means, if you lose connection it will stop everything, And if you don’t have good internet or none at all you can’t even play the system. It doesn’t mean it has to check if your online once, or force you to play online, it forces you to have the console connected to the internet in order to use it, which is why people hate that bullshit.

      • http://twitter.com/o3mta3o o3mta3o

        the fact that you have to be always connected even if you don’t want to play online is the exact point.

  • http://twitter.com/KingSongbird KingSongbird

    If anyone’s interested, I’ve written up an expansion to this article. It’s basically my thoughts on the supposed subscription variant of Microsoft’s next Xbox.

    > http://bit.ly/14cdptQ

    • hesoyamdonMonster

      good article !!

  • ohwell

    Bye Bye X-Box. Welcome to the graveyard of irrelevancy

  • Lev186211

    Get a PC.

  • Noooooope

    If that piece of shit uses windows 8, I’m out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bluebomberscfl Colin Unger

    If that piece of shit uses windows 8, I’m in.

    • nitroracer6043

      if it uses windows every game on it will looke like a ps2 game because the OS will use most of the ram and with a low end CPU/GPU it may have troubles running thoses so dont hope for windows 8 unless you want to spend $1000 for it to be able to run games like BF4 with a windows OS