According to a new report, the next Xbox from Microsoft could come in two versions: a subscription-based device and a standard model. Each would have its own price.
The rumor comes to us from Windows blogger Paul Thurrott, who says the Xbox 720 will be available starting in November 2013. Thurrott indicates two editions of the console will be ready at launch: a $300 subscription-based model and a $500 standard model.
Either way, Thurrott sees the device as “expensive.”
But that’s not all. Thurrott also said he’s learned Microsoft will release a much cheaper “Stingray” version of the Xbox 360 for just $99. However, Thurrott didn’t specify what might set this version of the Xbox 360 apart from the one already available.
Thurrott also indicated Microsoft may be working on an Xbox system dedicated to streaming video and music content. Such a device wouldn’t play games but would cost far less than the Xbox 720.
As for that pesky “always online” requirement: Thurrott says he can confirm this will be a part of the next Xbox, noting in his blog that the Xbox 720 “must be Internet-connected to use.”
Thurrott says if the new Xbox is disconnected for three minutes, games stop working.
Thurrott says we should expect to see the next Xbox for the first time in a late May presentation by Microsoft. More details will follow at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.
Microsoft hasn’t commented on the rumor and probably won’t offer any feedback on Thurrott’s blog anytime soon. The company usually keeps mum about these kinds of things until it’s ready to make an official unveiling.