Xbox 720 Reveal Happening on May 21st?
Posted by Ken Barnes
Originally, Microsoft had planned to unveil the next generation of Xbox hardware at the end of April, as we reported.
Now though, it seems that there's a growing rumour (which has some merit to it) that suggests that the unveiling will occur on May 21st.
Veteran tech blogger Paul Thurrott, speaking on the What The Tech podcast has spilled a whole ton of beans on the next generation device. At one point - and this is all based on his claims - a second device code-named "Yumo" was also being developed alongside the "Durango" device, but this has since been scrapped. The Yumo machine was supposed to be a disc-less version of the next-generation machine.
According to Thurrott, the machine will launch in the $500 price window, with a $300 subscription-based deal also being available, and the device WILL require an internet connection for use. Now then. This could be a caveat of the subscription-based machine, but not necessarily of the full-price standard retail box. Our theory is that to confirm that a user's subscription is active and not in arrears, a subscription-based device would need an internet connection. Again, nothing has been confirmed as yet.
The machine will supposedly launch in early November this year - in the US and UK at least - and there will be other events dotted between E3 and the release date that show off the hardware and software in more detail.
And the name of the new machine? Well, apparently it's just going to be called "Xbox". No "720". "no "Next". Just "Xbox."
Update: We're hearing that some notable Xbox ambassadors are mentioning that they have had travel plans confirmed for the May 21st date by Microsoft. We are actively seeking confirmation that this is the case.
Update #2: The Verge's Tom Warren also states that "we understand that this date is accurate."