Xbox 720 coming in November for $499, less with Xbox Live subsidy

By Shawn Knight · 32 replies
Apr 25, 2013
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  1. Longtime Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott recently published a blog post sharing his thoughts on Microsoft’s planned unveiling of the next generation Xbox. In it, he said Microsoft will initially offer two pricing models for the console: a standalone version for...

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  2. So, seeing as the UK is too lazy to do an exchange rate conversion, and just slaps the US numbers on with a £ sign, we are looking easily at £500, for the console, which would be useless without the xbox live ? so £540? Which if they did convert, would be £325, and £350.

    Could anyone tell me what the yearly cost of xbox live gold is in the US ? In the UK you pay on average £35? about £3 a month. But again I see the $10 a month being £10 a month. Which even when converted is £6.50, and twice the price of live at the moment. And I don't care what people say about PSN vs Live, I have never had an issue with PSN servers, I pay for PSN plus, I get a shed load of games for free, and yet I get nothing from Xbox, their sales are pants. I hate M$ with a passion for their cheap lazy arse box of crap which gives me nothing.

    All its good for is CoD fans, and lets face it, that hasn't go better since Modern Warfare 1.
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    This is a brilliant idea by Mircosoft. Bring out a $500 games console while the West is in an economic shitpit and Japans currency is as weak as a vegans handshake.
  4. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Wow that's expensive. Uhhhhh no thanks.
  5. The only reason why they would't call it a XBOX 720 is because some twits wanted to push their "brilliant" ideas. The corporate world is full of twits.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I can build a PC for $500 that will outperform that garbage. I Feel like the cost of xbox live is a selling point for the PS4. They should exploit that in their advertising.
  7. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    Unless Xbox Live subscription also buys you HBO subscription, Netflix sub, Hulu Sub, and Amazon Sub, why should a gamer pay to play with friends online. it's 21st century, I don't get it.
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    "Requires internet connection" ... "not Draconian". These phrases don't belong together in the same sentence.
    GunsAblazin likes this.
  9. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Wow, the negative rumor mill has really been spinning about this console. I'm very curious to see what is unveiled.
  10. No actually you probably can't. You can build a decent computer but it probably won't be superior to the hardware in the new xbox. It would be close, but that price point probably ensures that microsoft gets a damn good deal on it's hardware components by building millions of these things. This isn't taking into account which is a better platform. I myself will contend that the PC is a better device in general than a console, and I'd bet my 1,400 dollar computer I built this year is probably superior to the latest incarnation of the xbox but we really don't know just yet.

    I'm interested in seeing what the latest xbox platform will have to offer but I don't think I'll be trading in my pc anytime soon.
  11. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    BS! Unless the $300 one is less powerful, only an ***** would buy the $500 one! ($300 + 2 years of live = $540. $500 + 2 years of live ~= $660 (2x$80, assuming it would be cheaper if you found a deal))

    I'm not listening to any bozos until it is second hand knowledge from the press event in May!

    Edit: Lol, id!ot is apparently a bad word ;P
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    I know right. People get sooooo upset when you call them one, it just doesn't make any sense.
    m4a4 likes this.
  13. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Booster Posts: 165   +40

    Although naturally I am going to wait a year to a year in half before I choose a next gen console (Just because I despise empty library's) and longer depending, I still think I am leaning toward Sony.

    I am still taking a wait and see stance. I am primarily a PC Gamer so I can wait as long as needed.
  14. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Wow, this makes the PS4 more promising. $10 a month online is the same as what they charge now anyway. As long as we can pay $40 a year, then it won't be much different compared to the 360.
  15. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    To be fair that price aint really much different to when the 360 was released. Also the current Live cost is not 10$ a month as stated (nor is their plans by MS to increase this with the new console). It costs $50 a year and with a bit of hunting on ebay etc you can get it closer to $40 around around $3.50.
  16. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,654   +1,092

    Still no free basic Live... what in the hell is MS thinking? First Windows 8, then Blue now this? It seems they have no clear view of the future and are just pissing all over us thinking we'll still buy anything they throw at us (and I'm sure we will) :( .
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    The hardware itself doesn't make the profit margins Microsoft would like, It's the xbox live membership that's the big money spinner but then Sony also has it's PSN which is just as farcical and to hell with both of them and their consoles. If I can't play games on a pc then I just don't play games at all, simple as that. The only good thing I can see coming out for us pc gamers is that both new consoles are x86 based which should mean more games and better ports.
    negroplasty likes this.
  18. spencer

    spencer TS Addict Posts: 202   +22

    This makes me laugh, one of my xbl friends claims pcs have worse graphics, aren't upgradeable and only nerdy rich dorks play on gaming pcs. Meanwhile playing crysis 3 on an xbox yelling
  19. Who cares if you CAN build a PC for $500 that *may* be as/more powerful than the next gen consoles? It'll only be as good as or better than the new consoles for a year or so, just like it was with the last gen. Not only that, PC gets the shaft when it comes to games, unless you like playing the endless supply of snore inducing RTS games on PC or the garbage F2P games.

    I'm a PC gamer now but will definitely be going back to console with this next gen. I've had it with PC and the horrible variety of games.
  20. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    YES!!! Good morning, made me chuckle in the library.
  21. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Thank you for your posting. I needed a good laugh today.
    xplayer likes this.
  22. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    Wow a lot of misinformed people and stupid comments here.
    How do you build a pc for $500.00 that games? Solitare maybe. I paid $500.00 for my video card
    And if you know any math at all xbox live @ $10.00 x 24 months =$240.00+299 = $539.00 so you pay $39.00 for 2 years xbox live. Add you really don't pay that you save about $18.00 to $20.00 on tax vs 499.00
  23. xplayer

    xplayer TS Member Posts: 26

    Ok guys 700$ is waiting in my pocket for that am ready for any price they want
  24. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Why hello there, Microsoft Xbox 720 target market!
  25. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    Like mentioned you maybe able to make a pc for 500 but it sure as hell aint going to beat the next xbox, hell a 500$ pc even struggles on current games on decent settings. I am a devoted pc gamer and know its an expensive hobby if I want to beat modern consoles I know I have to throw $1000s at it. I know bang for buck a console owns a pc but it will always been leagues behind a high end pcs performance.

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