Xbox 720 'To Cost $99 With Subscription Deal'
Industry expert predicts mobile phone-style pricing model...
The next-generation Xboxcould be sold at a low price with a two-year contract for television services to be delivered through the device, it has been reported.
That mobile phone-style pricing model is the prediction made by games industry analyst Michael Pachter, according to gaming website CVG.
Speaking at an industry event, he said: "Consoles will have to be multiple purpose devices. The Xbox 720, this is my prediction, is going to be your television as well [as your game console]. You'll be able to tune into television through it.
"You won't need a 'smart TV' when you've got an Xbox 720, it will be your television and your internet. It's going to be open architecture and I think its real trick will be that one Xbox will be able to display television to as many screens as you have in your possession.
"The next Xbox will be Windows for sure, and you'll be able to open up multiple TV channels in different windows and you'll use SmartGlass to shoot off different channels to how ever many screens you want. That is happening, that I'm certain of.
"I'm pretty confident that in the US Microsoft is going to partner with a cable TV provider, so I expect that the console will be priced like a smartphone. I expect you'll be paying $99 for the console with a cable TV subscription."
He pointed at a similar recent deal offered by Microsoft on the Xbox 360 as evidence to support his prediction.
The new device could have cut-price competition from a cheap Android-based console though.