The Xbox 720/Durango/Xbox/Xbox 8 has gotten an influx of more rumours and speculation as well as a little bit of controversy from a Microsoft employee causing Microsoft to issue an apology.
Lets begin with Microsoft Director, Adam Orth who took to twitter and aired his views in regards to the rumour that the next Xbox will have an “always on” internet connection. “I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console. Every device now is ‘always on’. That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit” he then went on to almost mock those that have slated the “always on” rumour: “Sometimes the electricity goes out, I will not purchase a vacuum cleaner” and “The mobile reception in the area I live in is spotty and unreliable. I will not buy a mobile phone”. Once online publications picked up on this Orth immediately made his twitter account private and since then Microsoft has issued an apology.
We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.
For someone to get that riled up over the reports that people are unhappy with the “always on” internet connection, it seems fit to assume that the rumour may in fact be legitimate.
With that out of the way lets move to the rumoured reveal date of May! We briefly mentioned that Microsoft were planning an exclusive event for some time in April, but it’s since come to light that company has pushed this back to May with Windows watcher Paul Thurrott saying that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event similar to the one previously mentioned for May 21st, and according to The Verge, this date is accurate.
Thurrott also revealed that Microsoft wont be making an Xbox console that’s purely for entertainment, something which he mentioned was codenamed “Yuri”. The Xbox that should be coming out this year will just be “Xbox” and will have an Xbox 360 launching along side that’ll be priced at $99. This, according to Thurrott’s speculations is due to the next Xbox rumours of not being backwards compatible.
We’re likely to see the May announcement as a simple one similar to the PlayStation event earlier this year, with a full reveal at E3, and even more details being announced at Build in June.
There’s word that the Xbox that’ll be launched hopefully in November will be based on Windows 8 and should have a very similar build to that of a PC, which again would back up the rumours that the new Xbox won’t be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. This was backed up recently by a report from Bloomberg that cited “people with knowledge of the matter” saying “The Xbox will use an AMD system-on-a-chip that combines powerful “Jaguar” central processing units with graphics chips”.
Back to Paul Thurrott though, in his interview on What The Tech he did state that the next Xbox will have a price bracket of about $500 or $300 with a subscription which some people aren’t too happy about and may even push some Xbox 360 players to the new PlayStation 4 which is said to only have a $300-400 price bracket.
So that’s pretty much everything that’s been outed in regards to the next Xbox, a $500 price bracket, an always on internet connection, no backwards compatibility, and a rumoured reveal in May. With the already exsisting next generation Xbox rumours this console is shaping up to be phenomenal, but also quite undesirable.
What are your thoughts?