H33rsay: Next Xbox to be revealed in May

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The videogame world was whipped into a veritable frenzy last week as rumours regarding the online nature of Microsoft’s next console gained momentum and headlines, with heavy speculation pointing to a device that would require an always-on internet connection to play games.

More recently, respected technology writer Paul Thurrott has revealed a few more tasty morsels of information that he believes to be correct, and while speaking on the regular ‘What the Tech’ podcast, he dished out these details very nonchalantly suggesting that he, at least, thinks they’re accurate.

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Over the course of the podcast, Thurrott claimed that the next Xbox from Microsoft, referred to by its codename of Durango, will be revealed during an event on May 21st, past the originally planned unveiling of April 24th.

In addition, Thurrott says that there will be two SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit) of the next Xbox available, one priced at $500 and the other at $300 (with a subscription). Blu-ray functionality, he says, is confirmed.

On launch of Microsoft’s next console, Thurrott also claims that a $99 Xbox 360 will become available, which will compete in the set-top box market and act as an entertainment streaming device for TV shows, movies, network programming and music.

One last note that Thurrott spoke about was the online connectivity of the device, reading the phrase from his notes, “must be internet-connected to use,” which he admits isn’t in context and could mean a variety of things such as a simple activation of the device or games before playing.

You can watch (and listen to) the full exchange at the podcast’s page over here, but the nonchalance of Thurrott’s discussion makes it seem as though he has no doubt that what he is saying is true and correct.

When do you hope for Microsoft to reveal its next console? Publishers and developers will surely be hoping sooner rather than later to let them start talking about their games more freely.

H33rsay is El33tonline’s round-up of game industry rumours and speculation where we have looks at unconfirmed and unannounced pieces of news emerging from anonymous tipsters, information leaks and generally dubious sources. It may not all be true, but it’s still fun to talk about!

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