Report: Next Xbox Announcement Coming in May, Will Cost $500

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The next Xbox will be revealed by Microsoft on May 21st, according to multiple reports. And guess what? Those always-online rumours aren’t going away.

This latest news comes via Microsoft analyst and blogger Paul Thurrot, with confirmation coming via The Verge.

Apparently, the next Xbox (codenamed Durango) will be called simply “Xbox” and come with a hefty price tag of around $500. A different model, available with some form of subscription, will be go on sale for around $300, says Thurrot.

For the UK that translates to around £326 and £195, though historically price tags in that region are inflated somewhat.

"Durango is going to be expensive – you know $500, $300 for the subscription model, that kind of thing,” said Thurrot. 

“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.

"Originally, they were going to announce this thing in April 24th, now they're going to announce it May 21st. We know there are events occurring this year where we're going to learn more about Durango.”

Pointing to a November release, Thurrot also challenged those that have lashed out at the console’s rumoured ‘always-online’ tech.

"So I think there's a lot information to come, but I look at all this stuff that I've seen about Durango and I think, 'it's all positive',” he said. “I don't really see any bad news here at all. Like to me, everything I've seen about this is really positive.

“It's amazing to me that, based on like no information at all, everyone is like freaking out about everything. Aside from this online thing, by the way, the number one question I've gotten from people is, 'What does it look like?' Who gives a shit what it looks like?

"I've actually heard from, by the way not one or two people, several people who've said, 'based on what I've seen, Sony is going to blow them away.' Based on what you've seen? You've seen nothing. What are you talking about? No, but you've seen literally nothing from Microsoft.”

While discussing the various models Microsoft will be releasing, Thurrot also suggested that backwards compatibility will not be supported.

"So the new Xbox that comes out this year will [called] just be the Xbox,” he said. “And I mentioned before they're also going to sell a new Xbox 360 code-named 'Stingray' that will be $99.

“And you might look at that as two things: backwards compatibility, obviously, suggesting – I don't actually know this for a fact, but based on the fact that they're making one – I don't think that the new Xbox will play 360 games. But that I don't actually know.

“But, the other one is that, $99, that's a real cool price. And so we know that the Xbox 360 does Netflix, Hulu Plus, yada yada yada, and you can make the argument that's kind of a low cost entertainment device, too.”


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