Listening to the popular podcast What the Tech, comes the latest rumors on the next iteration of the XBox (currently code named Durango). According to the long time tech blogger Paul Thurrott has stated that the new console will see its official announcement on the 21st May and then will be launched to the awaiting public sometime in November this year.
As well as the announcement and release dates, Thurrott spoke about alot of the the previously rumored second version of the new XBox that would only focus on the media aspects of the system:
“The next Xbox is code-named Durango. And we have talked for a while about this notion that there might be another version of the Xbox that was just aimed at entertainment—a non-gaming device. That device was code-named ‘Yumo’ and they’re not making it. They may make one in the future, but it’s not happening this year.”
“So the new Xbox that comes out this year will just be the Xbox. 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, that I’m guessing. 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.”
When speaking about the price of the console, Paul went on to say that it’s base price will come in at $500 (around £326 to UK audiences), while a subscription model will cost a more manageable price of $300 (£195).
With the hot topic of the last few months being the rumors of the next Xbox needing to always be online, Thurrott decided to talk about his opinions on the idea of a mandatory internet connection:
“I saw a headline that said something like ‘Next Xbox could be okay without an internet connection for as long as 3 minutes’ or something like that. I don’t even know what that means, so for me, Xbox 360 is almost entirely an online experience. Most of the games I play are multiplayer, where you’re playing against other people online. Or you’re using it as an entertainment device when you’re connected to a service like Netflix or Xbox video, so that is an internet-connected device. In this phrase, it says ‘must be internet-connected to use’, you know, that suggests that you can’t even boot into the UI and play—I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t have one.“
Originally rumored that an announcement would occur this month the which Paul confirmed that this indeed was Microsoft’s plan but had to move the date from the 24th April to the new date of the 24th April.
There’s more information from Paul Thurrott over on the What the Tech Podcast to check out below;