Xbox 720 to Come in Multiple Versions, Must Be Always Online, Expert Says

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.

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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.

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One Response to Xbox 720 to Come in Multiple Versions, Must Be Always Online, Expert Says

  1. As a member of the miliatry we love our gaming systems. There is a significant number of the 317,000 activy duty Navy sailors who take them on board ships and submarines as a form of entertainement when we execute the orders of our leaders throught out our normal 6 month deployments. Being forced to have an internet connection will remove the new Xbox 720 as an option, possibly forcing loyal customers into other options. I did a deployment 3 years ago aboard a Frigate. Our total shipboard bandwidth was way less than DSL speeds for 220 people and no one can connect personal devices. The folks in Redmond WA forget not everyone has access to broadband connections. It’s unfortunate Microsoft’s move will exclude a significant and loyal segment of the populace.