Reports Suggest Next Gen Xbox Will Come In Two Versions

Posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 12:00 pm GMT -4 by

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The next-generation rumor mill continues to churn as a recent Microsoft report suggests that the new Xbox will be available in two different versions.

One of these models will be a regular Xbox 720 console (whatever that will be), offering the full line-up of next-generation games and other software. The other model, however, is a simplified, cheaper option for the more casual Xbox user. Essentially the Microsoft version of the AppleTV device, this lower-cost Xbox won’t have the ability to play triple-A titles, but will instead allow users to access Xbox Live titles and other entertainment services, presumably Netflix, Hulu Plus, and of course, the Xbox Live Marketplace. This model will also most likely be running on the new Windows 8 operating system to encourage the new “seamless environment” between home PCs and the Microsoft mobile market.

Tech-site The Verge was the first to break this story, stating:

Multiple sources familiar with Redmond’s plans have confirmed … that the company plans to introduce a low-cost alternative to its Xbox console, designed to provide access to core entertainment services.

If the rumors are true, it could end up being a great tactic on Microsoft’s part in terms of overall sales, as the Xbox 360 is generally the go-to console for those who are unfamiliar with gaming but want a gaming console. Many of the consoles sold by Microsoft have been to a much wider audience than the PS3, and there is a large number of users who use the system for only one or two games, but keep the system for the media services. The information still has yet to be confirmed by Microsoft,  but just like with any “inside source” rumors, we’re sure to hear much more about the next-generation Xbox over the next few months.

  • Robotopia

    I’ ll stick with my SNES, Thanks anyway!
    (The Prices for all of these Consoles and games has gotten to be insane!)
    I still prefer the old 2D side scrolling games, so I thought about a Nintendo 3DSi XL, But that is still not a large enough screen for me.
    Hey, Nintendo what about a system that plays the 3DSi games on your TV?!

  • xFersureMatt

    “The Xbox 360 is generally the go-to console for those who are unfamiliar with gaming but want a gaming console.” that statement is false! MLG usually onlyyy plays Xbox 360 titles and Halo 2 and 3 were the biggest Pro gamer hotspot! If Xbox 360′s are for casual gamers then what console (excluding PC’s) is for hardcore gamers? PS3/Wii? hahah NO, those consoles are jokes!
    Idk.. I may just be a fanboy… I just can’t wait for timespiitters 4 <3

    • I’m sorry if that statement wasn’t clear enough. I wasn’t implying that the Xbox 360 was ONLY for casual gamers. I was simply saying that those who are more on the casual side of gaming, and those who are new to video games, tend to go for the Xbox 360 over PS3 in terms of consoles, because it is more widely-known and accessible. I know many people who don’t play video games, but they have purchased an Xbox 360 because that is the name most recognized by a general audience. Because of this, it is wise for Microsoft to appeal to those people and offer a low-cost alternative while still delivering a true gaming experience for a more “hardcore” gaming audience.