Fresh Next-Gen Xbox rumours!

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Speaking in his “What the Tech” videocast, Paul Thurrot; famed blogger and author behind the Windows Supersite has revealed the information he knows about Microsoft’s next generation Xbox – and what he has to say probably won’t be too well received by gamers.

You can watch the videocast here, or read a full transcription of the thing courtesy of All Games Beta. Here’s the stuff that I found interesting. 

According to Thurrot, the next Xbox is going to be pretty pricy; coming in at $500. apparently though, Microsoft will be extending its successful cell-phone like subscription model, which will bring the console down to a more palatable $300. He also re-iterates that nasty always online rumour.

“Durango is going to be expensive [laughs], you know $500, $300 for the subscription model, that kind of thing, 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.”

He says the console will be released in November this year, and will be shown off extensively at E3 this year – and that, aside from the always on requirement, everything is rosy, and you should probably stop moaning about the thing. Even though it runs Windows 8.

“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.’ 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.”

The biggest take away from Thurrot though is one of Microsoft’s general attitude to the Xbox and its market. He’s convinced that Microsoft’s really pushing for the next Xbox to be a general entertainment device – not quite as gamer focused as many of you would hope.

“The problem Microsoft has has nothing to do with Sony or Nintendo anymore, it’s Roku and AppleTV. The market for hardcore video games, the market of people will always buy the next Gears of War game, the next Halo game, the next Call of Duty game, it’s fairly finite. It’s a decent market, yada yada yada, it’s not the market for tablets, it’s not the market for smartphones.”

Of course this, and just about everything you hear about the next generation Xbox should be taken with great big bags full of salt. According to Thurrot though, we can stop with the rumours and speculation next month – because the announcement’s been delayed.

“Originally, they were going to announce this thing in April 24, now they’re going to announce it May 21. We know there are events occuring this year where we’re going to learn more about Durango.”

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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