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Paul Thurrott: Xbox 720 $299 version to come with $15 monthly rate, not $10 – Rumor

Paul Thurrott: Xbox 720 $299 version to come with $15 monthly rate, not $10 – Rumor

Recently, we reported on a rumor that the next-generation Xbox will be available in $499 and $299 variants. More specifically, the $299 version was slated to have a $10 monthly rate. Well, in a tweet, Microsoft mole and aficionado Paul Thurrott corrected himself by saying that the $299 next-gen Xbox will come with a $15 monthly rate, not $10: By the way, I did screw up one thing: The $299 version of Xbox v.Next will come with a $15/mo XBLG subscription, […]

Is it ethical to disallow the use of used games?

Is it ethical to disallow the use of used games?

If rumors that surfaced roughly a week ago are to be followed, the next Xbox will no longer be able to play used games. Game discs will ship with one-time-use activation codes that will render them irrelevant to anyone else but the person who first played the game. Of course, reaction to this among those in the gaming community is predictably negative. A common theme seems to be that not many people can’t go around spending $60 on games anymore; […]

Used games market still has an impact, says GameStop President

Used games market still has an impact, says GameStop President

In an interview with Forbes, GameStop President Tony Bartel emphasized the importance of the used games market. Used games generate more than $700 million in trade credit towards new games each year, and, according to Bartel, video game consumers agree. Based on “recent surveys,” 60% of video game consumers would be less likely to purchase a console that wouldn’t have the ability to play used games. Bartel would not want to see the used games market disappear. This is understandable, […]

Microsoft doesn’t consider Valve a competitor

Microsoft doesn’t consider Valve a competitor

Speaking at Microsoft’s TechForum this week, Don Mattrick, president of Interactive Entertainment Business over at Microsoft, doesn’t really see Valve as a competitor. Regardless of Valve readying a living room system to call its own, Mattrick stated that, for him and Microsoft, Valve is not a competitor. Although Valve is “doing some innovative stuff,” says Mattrick, he believes that Apple, Google, Nintendo, and Sony products are “probably a little bit richer.” However, Mattrick added that “I love Gabe, I was […]

Rumor: Microsoft set to announce next Xbox in April.

Rumor: Microsoft set to announce next Xbox in April.

Industry professionals and unspecified developers have begun to throw out the possibility that Microsoft will be announcing the Xbox 720 (or Infinity) at a special press event sometime in April. While some industry analysts thought we might see something at this year’s Game Developers Conference, it looks like April will be the desired target for Microsoft. In addition, when a “senior Sony official” was asked about the PlayStation 4 unveiling this week, he stated that it “caught Microsoft off-guard.” This […]