Next-gen Xbox will reportedly run on cor

May 12 [Sun], 2013, 0:17
Xbox 720 Release DateEven if ,could get a significant boost in adoption later this year just from eager gamers picking up the next-generation Xbox. Paul Thurrott of WindowsITPro reports that the next-generationwill release in early November and will run on the core version of Windows 8 that suggests a common apps platform or at least one that is similar to that used by Windows 8. Thurrott speculates that Microsoft could use the common app development platform as a way to open up this platform to enthusiast developers and encourage more development of native Xbox apps.

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As far as pricing goes, Thurrott says that the Xbox will cost $299 up front if users sign a two-year service agreement for an Xbox LIVE Gold membership that will cost $10 per month. If users dont want to pay for a Gold membership, they can buy the standalone Xbox for $499. Thurrott also says that the next Xbox will require a connection to the Internet to use, although he cautions that this feature . And finally, Thurrott says that Microsoft has for now ditched the idea of releasing an entertainment-only Xbox that would function more like a television set-top box and wouldnt have any gaming capabilities.

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