A veteran tech blogger Paul Thurrott spilled a rather large pot of beans in regards to the Xbox 720 announcement, release date, pricing model, and other features in a recent podcast. The general gist of what he revealed is as follows:
It's notable he doesn't cite a source in the podcast, so we're not aware of who fed him the documents or where his information came from. However, it is notable he is a tech industry veteran and generally, hasn't spilled beans like this in the past unless he already knew. While all information like this, unless Microsoft confirms it, should be taken with a grain of salt - none of it seems to be too out of the box compared to rumors we have seen originate from game developers.
- Xbox 720 to be revealed on May 21st
- Main Console to cost $500
- A $300 Model will exist, but require a subscription
- Official notes on the console state ‘must be internet-connected to use’
- Will be a gaming console first, multimedia second
- Talked about potentially a 3rd device, code named "Yumo", for $99 but only serves as multimedia hub
- Yumo, however, isn't happening this year and may not see the light of day
- Will release an even cheaper 360 model alongside the 720, suggestion no backwards compatibility
It will be interesting to see what sort of subscription is required for the $300 model, as I am sure that will create the most consumer interest.
(note, the image is just a fan mock up. There is no suggestion there will be a screen on the controller in any capacity)