Xbox 720 Will Be Unveiled Next Month, Ship in November

The much-anticipated Xbox 720 will finally be revealed in a special event on May 21.

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Microsoft has confirmed it will hold a press event on that date at the company’s headquarters in Washington state. The company says it’s planning to give gamers “a real taste of the future,” and “mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment.”

“On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on, Xbox Live and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada,” the firm added.

Microsoft says it will provide gamers more access to the next Xbox during June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

A new report from blogger Paul Thurrott, who has covered Microsoft news for years, has also given us some idea of how much the new console will cost.

According to Thurrott, there will be two versions of the Xbox 720: a $300 edition that requires gamers to commit to a two-year Xbox Live subscription (costing $10 per month) and a $500 version that doesn’t require an Xbox Live subscription.

The next Xbox will revolve around the Windows 8 platform, Thurrott added. He also insists the device will come equipped with a Blu-ray optical drive and will need to be constantly connected to the Internet to play games.

This last point could present big problems for gamers who don’t like the idea that their gaming experience will be dependent on their web connection. Internet service is hardly ubiquitous or 100 per cent reliable. Even in the biggest Western cities, Internet connections can and do drop out from time to time.

Will that cripple the Xbox 720’s appeal? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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