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New rumors provide additional details on Microsoft's next Xbox.
An in-depth report from veteran tech blogger Paul Thurrott on Windows IT Pro elaborates
on several topics including the next Xbox's pricing, release date, operating system, and
more.
According to Thurrott, previous rumors that there will be two versions of the next Xbox
are no longer accurate. He notes that Microsoft "originally planned to offer both a 'full'
version of the next Xbox (with video game playing capabilities) and a lower-end entertainment-oriented
version, code-named 'Yuma,' that didn't provide gaming capabilities."
However, "plans for Yuma are on hold, and no pure entertainment version of the next
Xbox will appear in 2013 (or possibly ever)."
That rumored and controversial "always online" functionality of the next Xbox is apparently
correct. He says that "the next Xbox must be Internet-connected to use." But, he adds
that it isn't as Draconian as many seem to believe."
He reiterates that "Microsoft will initially offer two pricing models for the console:
a standalone version for $499 and a $299 version that requires a two-year Xbox LIVE Gold commitment
at an expected price of $10 per month."
The system will apparently launch in early November this year.
Building on rumors that Windows 8 could power the next Xbox, Thurrott writes that the system
is "based on the 'Core' version of Windows 8. This suggests a common apps platform or
at least one that is similar to that used by Windows 8."
He also believes that Microsoft "could open up this platform to enthusiast developers"
and reports that the company "will discuss the next Xbox developer platform at the Build
conference in San Francisco in late June."
That would be good news, because Microsoft's restrictive policies this generation have
scared off some independent developers.
Thurrott also confirmed previous rumors that the next Xbox will include a Blu-Ray drive.
The name of the console is apparently still a big area of speculation. But Thurrott agrees
with several of us here at IGN that it might simply be called Xbox.
Whatever it's called, it will be revealed on May 21. You can watch the reveal live on
IGN, along with pre- and post-show commentary and analysis.
Finally, Thurrott notes that beyond the initial announcement on May 21st, Microsoft "will
fully reveal details about the next Xbox, including the launch lineup of games" at its
E3 press conference on June 10th.
We'll continue reporting everything we learn about the next Xbox right here at IGN.
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IGN News - Next Xbox Rumors Verified & Debunked

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阿多賓 published on April 30, 2013
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