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#1 compl3x

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 00:50

The latest Next Xbox rumblings have been put forth by tech blogger Paul Thurrott, who claims the new console will be based on the "Core" version of Windows 8, priced at $499 or $299 with a two-year Xbox Live Gold subscription at $10 per month, and must be connected to the internet to use.

"This is source of the 'always on'/'always online' rumors and isn't as Draconian as many seem to believe," he wrote. If accurate, I can't wait to hear Microsoft's precisely-worded pitch. Thurrott also has reason to believe the Xbox will launch in November and that Microsoft will at some point put out another, cheaper model of the Xbox 360 (codenamed "Stingray"), which seems like a safe bet.

Whatever the case may be, we'll hear more about the console on the morning of May 21, 2013 as well as additional information at E3. Thank eff for that.


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#2 Growled

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:37

I'll take a $499 version, please.

#3 spenser.d

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:43

So if you would be getting gold anyways, you save some money...count me in.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:19

So if you would be getting gold anyways, you save some money...count me in.


Can't you get yearly subs much cheaper than $10 a month?! That's $120 a year.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:21

$299 doesn't seem bad as long you want to have the Gold service..

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:25

So $499 with no subscription, but $539 with 2 year subscription. '

$5 per month for XBOX, so $120 for two years.

$539 - $120 = $419 <--- Good deal assuming you will be getting 2 years of XBOX Live anyway.

Otherwise, it's $499 + $120 for two years.

#7 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:26

Can't you get yearly subs much cheaper than $10 a month?! That's $120 a year.

It's subsidising the cost of the console though.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:27

There has to be some sort of stipulations with the monthly price model. Otherwise, there is literally no reason to buy the regular priced one.

#9 fusi0n

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:31

There has to be some sort of stipulations with the monthly price model. Otherwise, there is literally no reason to buy the regular priced one.


SOme people don't want to use Gold services..

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:35

$499 sounds good to me. I was expecting it to be way more. That's pretty damn cheap. Can't wait to get one.

#11 Audioboxer

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 13:00

It's subsidising the cost of the console though.


I guess! Think I'm just used to the cut throat UK market, aka never pay RRP.

#12 spenser.d

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 14:56

Can't you get yearly subs much cheaper than $10 a month?! That's $120 a year.


Yep, so you'd pay $240 over 2 years. Take off $200 that you save on the console and you've paid $40 for two years of xbl gold. As long as there aren't any nasty stipulations, it sounds like it'd be a good deal for those who subscribe already.

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 16:27

I guess! Think I'm just used to the cut throat UK market, aka never pay RRP.


Just like with phones, the stores will probably decide the final retail price of the subsidized version as well, the RRP is pretty much just the upper limit.

I wonder how they'll do this in Norway and countries with similar rules like us, since we don't allow more than 12 month contracts for consumers, and max 24 for business. i they'll just ditch the subscription model or do a 12 month version and if so what it'll cost.

#14 Audioboxer

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 16:15

PT has corrected himself saying the sub will be 2 years at $15, not $10.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:01

I don't want to form an opinion over a rumor