Rumor: Next Xbox Reveal Pushed to May 21, Launches November for About $500

The “always-online” question has been the big hot topic for the next Xbox lately, but we haven’t heard much about a release date or price for Microsoft’s next TV platform. A recent podcast from What the Tech’s Paul Thurrott, however, reports that the new Xbox may already have a price in mind: about $500 for a regular purchase, and $300 with a subscription, taking a leaf out of the 360′s current pricing strategy. The console is slated for a November launch and will go head-to-head with Sony’s PS4, also set to launch this holiday.

He also mentioned that the Xbox reveal, which was originally scheduled for April, has been pushed back to May 21, less than a month before E3. You can catch his full comments by clicking below.

When the price question came up, he made sure to clarify that, yes, it’s going to be expensive, and yes, he did hear something about the online connection requirement.

Durango is going to be expensive [laughs], you know $500, $300 for the subscription, that kind of thing, but you know, Blu-ray, blah blah blah. But 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. And that’s all I have, but it does say that.

However, he doesn’t believe this is as big a problem as people are making it out to be. Gaming is already shifting more toward persistently online-connected experiences, and the next Xbox is simply responding to this trend by embracing it fully:

I don’t know [if that's a bad thing] because I don’t know what it means. You know, when you look at some of the stories that were coming out this week about, you know, I saw a headline that said something like ‘Next Xbox could be okay without an internet connection for as long as 3 minutes’ or something like that. I don’t even know what that means.

For me, Xbox 360 is almost entirely an online experience. Most of the games I play are multiplayer, where you’re playing against other people online. Or you’re using it as an entertainment device when you’re connected to a service like Netflix or Xbox video, so that is an internet-connected device.

But what about the competition? Many people are already talking about skipping Xbox and moving over to PlayStation 4 to meet their “hardcore” and online gaming needs. Neither Paul nor show host Andrew Zarian believe it’ll be a problem due to the already-established Xbox Live audience.

I look at all this stuff that I’ve seen about Durango and I think, “it’s all positive.” I don’t really see any bad news here at all. Like to me, everything I’ve seen about this is really positive. It’s amazing to me that, based on like no information at all, everyone is like freaking out about everything.

I’ve actually heard from, by the way not one or two people, several people who’ve said, “based on what I’ve seen, Sony is going to blow them away.” Based on what you’ve seen? You’ve seen nothing. What are you talking about? No, but you’ve seen literally nothing from Microsoft.

(Andrew: I don’t think that’s even a possibility considering how many people use Xbox Live… You’re not going to have this mass Xbox audience jumping to Sony.)

The problem Microsoft has has nothing to do with Sony or Nintendo anymore, it’s Roku and AppleTV. The market for hardcore video games, the market of people will always buy the next Gears of War game, the next Halo game, the next Call of Duty game, it’s fairly finite. It’s a decent market, yada yada yada, it’s not the market for tablets, it’s not the market for smartphones.

Relevant comments begin at about 54:42 in the podcast, if you’d like to hear them straight from the source.

Source: Gematsu

  • Pix3l

    If i want multiplayer gaming i prefer a company like Nintendo, they make multiplayer accessible on one console and OFFLINE as well as online.
    I still know many avid gamers without a solid internet connection and it would really dissapoint them to see xbox go down this road….. However in my opinion xbox is going to run itself out of popularity anyway so nothing new, i’ll stick with good guy nintendo and at least free internet sony ;p
    Microsoft would charge per login on your own computer if they could! They want to monitor EVERYTHING, always online may not be as bad if that wasnt the reason but until we get free internet its stil a bad move.

  • bob smith

    $300 subscription, seriously?

    almost everything microsoft has done since windows 8 has been suicide.

    • Hawkeye9901

      I think you read it wrong. It’s a $500 model, and a $300 model. The $300 model requires that you sign up for a subscription with Xbox Live.

  • jcl

    at first i thought it was just two different models. but 500 + 300? That’s worse than the original ps3 price point. i could build my own PC for that.

    edit: i guess i interpreted that wrong it’s two different models one at 5 and one at 3.

  • dsargent77

    Microsoft. STAAAAHP

  • Agumon_Ql_Sabio [Lvl 10]

    “The market for hardcore video games, the market of people will always buy the next Gears of War game, the next Halo game, the next Call of Duty game,”
    So… the hardcore gamers JUST know how to play shooters?

    • BlackRaven6695

      Well, that is true for the people who call themselves hardcore gamers. These days the term has lost all meaning.

  • Brian Goulet

    if i want to go online, i’ll get on my computer. if i’m on a console, i don’t want to be online, i want to play single player games, or i want to play multiplayer with friends that i have over. and i’m sure as hell not paying extra money on top of my internet service, just to connect to your servers, which you would be forcing me to do just to play.

  • Ty Hormel

    I don’t even have a fast enough internet connection, all I have is Hugh’s net.
    Looks like I’m skipping on the new xbox and going for the Ps4.