Another report saying that the next Xbox will require ‘always online’


Microsoft will be unveiling the next Xbox on May 21 at a special event in Redmond, Washington. Paul Thurott, a veteran tech blogger from Windows IT Pro, has given us an in-depth report on what we’re going to get from the next Xbox (codenamed Durango). Out of all the different features, the most important piece of information for me, and presumably many others, is Thurott saying that the next Xbox will require an “always online” connection to use it.

“The next Xbox must be Internet-connected to use. This is the source of the ‘always on’/’always online’ rumors and isn’t as Draconian as many seem to believe.”

There are many Xbox 360 users who are disappointed with this rumor, and it looks like it’s going to be true.

Here’s the rest of the information concerning the next Xbox:

  • Microsoft will reveal the full details of the next Xbox, including video game lineups, on the eve of E3 in June 2013.
  • The console will launch in early November 2013.
  • It will be based on the core version of Windows 8.
  • There will be two pricing models: The standalone $499 version and the $299 version that requires a 2-year Xbox Live Gold membership (it’s set to be $10 per month).
  • The next Xbox was originally planned to have a gaming version and an entertainment console version called “Yuma.” It looks like the entertainment version will be put on hold (possibly forever).
  • It will use a Blu-ray optical drive.

Well, the next Xbox would probably be very barebones without the Gold membership, so you might as well get the standalone anyway. If we’re going to add the 2-year Gold membership to the $299 version, it’s going to end up costing $539. Not so cheap anymore.

As for the Blu-ray inclusion for the next Xbox, I always thought it was funny that the Xbox 360 would support the HD-DVD add-on and not support Blu-ray. Oh how the tables have turned.

Source: Windows IT Pro

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