Could The Xbox Be Revealed On May 21st?

Posed By: Marcus Lawrenc(@GGNMugen) 

In what may becoming a shocking move, Microsoft could potentially unveil the new Xbox before the E3 convention. Where is this information coming from? Veteran tech blogger Paul Thurrott via his latest podcast, What the Tech podcast.

Now before you read any further, know this: since Thurrott didn’t announce his source for the information, this could all be speculation and should be taking as rumors.

Thurrott pretty much echoed what we have been hearing about the new Xbox anyway; how there may be no backward compatibility and the always online notion. Now, Thurrott claims the Xbox will cost $500 for the normal model while a $300 one is reserved for a subscription model.

“The thing that interests me, going back and looking at some of the stuff I got a long time ago, it actually says ‘must be internet-connected to use’ in the notes,” he explained, before adding, “And that’s all I have, but it does say that.” 

One other big topic Thurrott touches on is the whole issue with the next Xbox being focused towards a more entertainment hub approach rather than a gaming system.

“We have talked for a while about this notion that there might be another version of the Xbox that was just aimed at entertainment—a non-gaming device,” he revealed. “That device was code-named ‘Yumo’ and they’re not making it. They may make one in the future, but it’s not happening this year.” 

As for the whole issue with backwards compatibility, Thurrott believes the next Xbox won’t feature a way to go back and play old 360 games because Microsoft is working on a new, cheaper Xbox 360 (probably in November).

“They’re also going to sell a new Xbox 360 code-named ‘Stingray’ that will be $99,” he revealed. “I don’t actually know this for a fact, but based on the fact that they’re making one—I don’t think that the new Xbox will play 360 games. But that I don’t actually know, that I’m guessing.” 

Like I stated above, since Thurrott did not announce where his source came from, this could all just be his speculation and should be filed under rumors. We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open for more details.

What do you think will happen?