Tech blogger Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.
Code name Durango, sources have revealed that the event will be at a small venue with a focus on providing the very first details, with a public debut expected sometime later this year in time for the holiday season. Recent rumors have focused on reports that Microsoft’s next Xbox may require an always-on internet connection. Imaginations are running wild, and we haven’t heard any official announcements from Microsoft on the topic. Is the event being pushed back to give Microsoft time to remove the always-on DRM that is rumored to be employed by the Xbox 720?
“The thing that interests 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,” he explained, before adding, “And that’s all I have, but it does say that.”
Microsoft’s next Xbox is expected to debut later this year, with a full unveiling at E3 in early June. The latest supposedly leaked information has the Xbox 720 launching at a $500 price point, but with a $300 with-contract option. Last year, Microsoft launched a pilot program that offered a 4GB Xbox 360 with a Kinect for only $99 as long as you signed up for two years of Xbox Live Gold.
What are your thoughts on consoles offering a lower initial up front cost under a contract that you sign up for service for X years? Starting to get the iPhone/AT&T bad taste in your mouth? Ya, us too.