Noted Windows blogger Paul Thurrott has claimed during the latest What The Tech episode (via NeoGAF) that the Xbox 720 will launch in November beginning at $300 for a subscription-based model. A standard model will sell for around $500, he said.
He described the platform overall as "expensive."
The Xbox 720 won't be the only new Xbox on shelves this season, Thurrott claimed. The writer said Microsoft is planning a $99 "Stingray" Xbox 360. He did not provide any further information about this platform.
Thurrott also shared information about the Xbox 720's reported always-online requirement. He said this a confirmed feature for the platform, claiming the system's notes specifically state that the Xbox 720 "must be Internet-connected to use."
The Xbox 720 reportedly stops functioning if an Internet connection drops for three minutes.
As for when the Xbox 720 could be announced, Thurrott said Microsoft is planning a reveal event on May 21. This matches up with an recent analyst report suggesting Microsoft was readying a reveal next month.
The blogger added that Microsoft will share further information about the Xbox 720 during two June events: the Electronic Entertainment Expo and the Build 2013 developer conference.
Thurrott further claimed that Microsoft was working on an entertainment-focused Xbox that would not play games. He said this device was called "Yumo," and speculated that Microsoft decided not to pursue this so as not to confuse the market.
A Microsoft representative was not immediately available to comment.
Thurrott is a noted Microsoft insider and runs Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows.
lol.. 500 for the offline only version haha..wth I have a suggestion for paul thurrot's take all your money and invest it in coffee and not only will you be rich whn pull it back out, you'll be drinking it for free when you lose your job at MS.... Thank me later mr thurrots
this is going to fall hard, never force a bill on the customer.. Because you destroy their finances and personal lesuire income. a video game console is not that big of a deal to force people to pay to play it, with games already 60$. They also nelgect digital online devs, they lose profits
I understand they want a clean online, But this a little over the top..
The PlayStation 4 is the only next generation video game console that I’m looking forward to right now. I’m sure that makes some people happy but I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t just a little bit concerned about this. I cannot remember a video game generation in which I was only interested in ONE video game console. There has, up until recently, always been SOMETHING that has encouraged me to look at what the many different publishers and developers were working on in different corners of the video game industry and consider purchasing it. In my honest opinion, companies seem to be making more and more decisions these days that repel potential customers regardless of the overall quality of their products.
I never understood why anyone bought the Xbox360. They originally said that it was going to have an HD DVD player built in for games, and all the systems were supposed to come with hard drives. Then because they were racing against the clock to be the first system out they left a lot of important stuff out. The Red Ring of Death was due to the system being rushed as well. One of my friends is on his sixth Xbox360 because of getting the RROD five times before.