Prepare your wallets for a hammering as Microsoft is set to announce its next generation Xbox console next month with a price tag of $500, according to a new report.
Microsoft analyst Paul Thurrot claims that the console will release “early November” and will be announced at an event on May 21. This has since been backed up by The Verge. According to Thurrot, the console will simply be called “Xbox” and cost $500 at launch, with a cheaper $300 version available as part of a subscription model.
When it came to discussing the highly controversial always online rumors Thurrot said, “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.”
While the price of the console may seem a little steep it’s only $100 more than the RRP of the Xbox 360 at launch. Despite the price, I still foresee a lot of people happily parting with $500 just for a chance to play with the new shiny as soon as possible. The main question is whether Sony decides to match the price of Microsoft’s console or undercut.
However, most fans are not interested in the price, the only thing they care about is whether the always online rumors are true. That could be a major deciding factor in the next generation console war.
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