XBOX 720 Reported to Go on Sale in November

Technology blogger Paul Thurrott delivers some interesting information on the next XBOX.

According to the technology blogger Paul Thurrott, the XBOX 720 will be announced on May 21st and it will go on retail sale the November of this year.

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Now, what Thurrott is saying might not be true, it might be; but if it is, there are quite a few controversial pieces of information:

First off, in the notes that he states he read, the XBOX 720 will be online only. If this is true, as has been the rumor going around for the last week, then many a gamer will be outraged.

The next claim is regarding the name: it’s not the 720. It’s actually just going to be called the XBOX, although it was given the nickname Durango. Supposedly, there was going to be two models: the Durango and the Yumo.

The Yumo was not going to be capable of playing games, it was just going to be an entertainment device. However, this has since been scrapped.

Thurrott says of the price that it will cost $500. He says that it will be “$300 with a subscription model.”

The last thing of note is that, again according only to Thurrott, Microsoft is not looking at Nintendo or Sony as competitors anymore, but seems to want to focus on the smartphone and tablet crowd since the crowd that plays games like Call of Duty and Gears of War is “fairly finite.”

I have never owned a Microsoft console and if this bit of information proves to be true, I will be avoiding the new one like the plague. Online only with a subscription based model at purchase? Turning away from gamers in order to tape into the tablet crowd?

What do you make of these speculations? If you were planning on getting an XBOX 720, would you still get it if all of this ends up being true? Do you believe any of this is even true? Tell us in the comments section.


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