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A renowned technology analyst has revealed that while Microsoft’s Corp.’s next-generation video game console will be heavily based on PC technology, it will cost more than an average personal computer. The reasons for Xbox code-named Durango are not completely clear, given the fact that it will compete against mobile devices, PCs and Sony PlayStation 4.

"Durango is going to be expensive – $500, $300 with a subscription – that kind of thing. Originally, they were going to announce this thing on April 24. Now they are going to announce it on May 21. We know there are events occurring this year where we are going to learn more about Durango. E3 is going to occur, Build is going to occur in San Francisco in June when they are going to talk about the developer story because it is a Windows 8 device. It is going to have the same, or basically the same, developer tools and developer APIs," said Paul Thurrott, a well-known Microsoft expert, in the recent What The Tech's video podcast.

Microsoft released the Xbox 360 console in the U.S. back in 2005 at $299 and $399 price-points and it has taken the company quite some time to slash pricing of the product to mainstream $199. With models priced at $399 and $499 the software giant will hardly be able to outsell the Xbox 360 game console at least early in the lifecycle. Mr. Thurrott also revealed that according to his sources, the console would require a constant internet connection

It is also rumoured that Microsoft intends to release a low-cost Xbox 360 version code-named Stingray at $99 price-point later this year, bringing value gaming and advanced entertainment capabilities to customers in budget. While the company is clearly interested in such an offering, given that modern Xbox 360 games cost $50 and higher, the Stingray will barely get popular among casual gamers, but will rather be a substitute for those, who want to play current titles that will not work on Xbox Next.

Microsoft Xbox Next “Durango” is expected to be architecturally similar to the PlayStation 4. It is believed that the future Xbox will be powered by AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console is projected to feature hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive as well as robust Xbox Live online service. It is believed that Microsoft Xbox “Durango” has lower-performance graphics sub-system as well as slower memory sub-system when compared to Sony PS4. 

An analysis of what is known about the Xbox Next clearly points to the fact that Microsoft had put a great deal of attention to make the Durango a high-quality general-purpose device for the living room, while compromising some of the gaming-related aspects (e.g., graphics performance). The video games for the Microsoft Xbox Next will clearly look better and feel better than titles developed for the Xbox 360 simply because of the eight-year gap in technologies under the hoods of the systems. However, only time will show how future-proof will be Microsoft’s Durango console for the core gamers who demand improvements of titles throughout the active lifetime of the console that could span for eight years, as in the case of the Xbox 360.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Durango, Xbox Next, Stingray, Loop, AMD, ATI, Radeon, Fusion, Jaguar, GCN

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always on = DRM. Thanks, but no thanks M$.
I can wait for 2 min for console to boot up, no problem.
3 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 04/10/13 01:47:15 AM]
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That is not what they mean. 'Always on' means when the console is on you need to be connected to the internet for it to function correctly.

You can turn the power off when ever you want.

But you are right that it means DRM, but I really don't have any issues with DRM as long as it doesn't massively impede on my system performance. I am more than happy to wait for a game to come down to a price I feel it is worth. The game makers have put a lot of time and money into their games and if we want good, high quality games we have to accept to part with our money. I also think second hand games should be banned too. If there was no piracy and no second hand games then possibly the game price would come down but mainly the games companies would make more money which on the whole will lead to more and better games.
0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 04/10/13 09:59:39 AM]
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The bigger problem is that Durango will be tightly integrated into Microsoft' ecosystem and will not use any exclusive technologies. Therefore, "always on" requirement and constant DRM will likely be a part of all Microsoft's products going forward.
0 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 04/10/13 10:49:52 AM]
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loadwick....."I also think second hand games should be banned too. If there was no piracy and no second hand games then possibly the game price would come down but mainly the games companies would make more money which on the whole will lead to more and better games."


The only way game prices will come down is when they are not selling enough, and the more money 'games companies' make, the more they will want to satisfy greedy shareholders/executives demanding a 10% return every year

And piracy has very little to do with the price of games, its just another excuse by companies like EA when unfinished/crap DRM infested games fail

1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 04/12/13 01:04:22 AM]
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Exactly greedy "investors", aka. shareholders, which are just dumb enough to "know where to invest" are the one behind overpriced products. But also, you shouldn't forget slave owners who whip those programmers to keep them motivated. Khm. yes they obfuscate and call it "managers" nowadays.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/13/13 09:27:30 PM]
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I can't help but laugh everytime I see the word Durango because ir is very close to the word Drongo which means in Australisn English someone who is an idiot.
3 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/10/13 04:34:55 AM]
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Well, its american m8. And it meaning its close to Honorable Outlaw ... M$ playing with words they could call it whateve3r they want as they see Xbox Next as savior because they deliberately released few crapped out OS in a row Vista, AyAyth so they could mine up dummy PC users still using Windows. Well it's not like tradition on Win Millenium and Win98 doesnt continues. Xnbox i moneymaking cash cow for M$ so they could call it whatever they wish to.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/13/13 09:15:25 PM]
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500 dollars hahahaha, and people were thinking that PS4720 would cost around 400 dollars.
Keep dreaming.

$450 at a minimum, $550 for a full equiped version (highest HDD, game, etc.).
0 0 [Posted by: Filiprino  | Date: 04/10/13 12:57:42 PM]
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Didnt you hear yet?
Higher price equals more popular product

If its me i wouldnt pay for that c-rap more than $250US on its introduction. After all game title prices are ripoff so i certainly wont rush into an overpriced console which production cost is around $100USD just to fill M$ pocket with $400USD pure profit.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/13/13 09:18:36 PM]
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Another try at killing the PC market off for good with this idea of trying to elbow into the PC hardware market. They are/have killed of the bulk of new PC sales with their Win 8 and new Office products now they are just going to completely piss the console market segment off as well.
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 04/10/13 06:26:44 PM]
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You're so right mate. But they're killing PCs ever since they introduced first xbox accompanied with crapptastic OS Win Millenium relese. Vista and AyAyth jus follow these footsteps.
But it's not like the rest of Megamonster OS are way much better they just dot suck to the bone like called ones +Win98 +Win95 +Win3.11 from decade before
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/13/13 09:21:59 PM]
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