Tech journalist Paul Thurrott spoke with the Youtube video podcast What The Tech about Microsoft's next generation Xbox. He says it will cost $500 at launch or $300 with a subscription. The cheaper subscription is not a surprise because Microsoft is currently selling the Xbox 360 for $99 with a two year subscription at $15 per month.
"Durango is going to be expensive - $500, $300 with a subscription - that kind of thing," said Thurrott.
Thurrott also said that Microsoft has moved back when they will announce the next Xbox. Originally they had planned an unveil on April 24, but it will now take place on May 21. This is just three weeks before E3. The Xbox 360 was unveiled on May 12, 2005 on MTV, so this wouldn't be the first time Microsoft unveiled a gaming console at a special event.
"Originally, they were going to announce this thing on April 24. Now they're going to announce it on May 21," Thurrott said. We know there are events occurring this year where we're going to learn more about Durango."
"E3 is going to occur, Build is going to occur in San Francisco in June when they're going to talk about the developer story because it's a Windows 8 device. It's going to have the same, or basically the same, developer tools and developer APIs," he continued.
In a post on Supersite for Windows Thurrott stated that the next Xbox will always be online. This strategy is to be kept inline with the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
"Folks, the next Xbox is going to require an always-on Internet connection," said Thurrot. "...this piece of information had been communicated to me, along with some other relevant tidbits, in January. It’s true."
"Will Microsoft change this requirement in the wake of early outrage? Frankly I think we’re too far along in the development process of the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, to make such a change," he added.
"More to the point, I think that an always-on Xbox is directly in keeping with Microsoft’s strategy for all next-generation platforms, including Windows Phone (all versions) and/RT, which are designed to work as if you are simply connected all the time. Yes, they do work offline, of course," he continued. "But the apps platform on these systems—which will be replicated on the Windows 8-based next Xbox—assumes a connection. Microsoft’s new platforms are integrated conduits for online services."