Rumour: Xbox 720 Price, Launch Window Mooted
Posted by Ken Barnes
Reliable source attempts to shed some light.
Having previously reported on the rumour that the next-generation Xbox would be revealed on May 21st, tech blogger Paul Thurrott has posted some more information regarding the system itself.
In his latest post, Thurrott claims that the next system will be available at two differing price points in the US. A standard machine - that comes complete with a "free" Xbox Live Gold subscription - will apparently set you back $499. A subscription-funded version of the machine will cost $299 on day one, with a non-optional two-year Xbox Live Gold subscription adding to the cost, at the price of $10 per month.
The new machine apparently runs on a modified edition of the Windows 8 kernel, which would make development somewhat easier. Also, the machine will pack a Blu-ray drive (which we knew, really) and will indeed require an internet connection in order to function. However, Mr. Thurrott explains that the implementation of the always-on connection "isn't as Draconian as many seem to believe." We'll have to wait and see regarding what this means.
Also, on the eve of E3, Microsoft will apparently reveal full details about the console - including the launch linup of games, and the console will launch in early November 2013.
Exciting times ahead, people! We'll have to wait and see if these rumours turn into fact, but based on his track record, the rumourmonger in this case appears to have his finger truly on the pulse.