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New Xbox 720 tipped for November with LIVE Gold subsidy option

New Xbox 720 tipped for November with LIVE Gold subsidy option

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox - codenamed Durango but unofficially known as the "Xbox 720" - will hit shelves in early November but not be accompanied by a cheaper entertainment-only model, new leaks claim today. One previous plan to launch two next-gen Xbox variants, one of which (codenamed "Yuma") would be more akin to a set-top box and deliver Kinect-controlled streaming content but not full gameplay, has been ditched, well-connected Paul Thurrott claims, though Microsoft is supposedly planning two pricing models that would in effect subsidize the Xbox 720.

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Xbox 720 event invite suggests first device reveal

Xbox 720 event invite suggests first device reveal

Today invitations have been issued to an event for the press that will reveal what Microsoft is suggesting will be "a new generation revealed" for the Xbox. This invitation notes that Don Mattrick will be present with the whole Xbox team and that a "special unveiling" will be taking place. This timeline and recent reports combined suggest this event will be the home of the official unveiling of the rumored Xbox 720.

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Microsoft’s Creative Director resigns after Twitter rant

Microsoft’s Creative Director resigns after Twitter rant

Social networks, Twitter in particular, provide an odd sort of communication dichotomy: while it is very much public with a wide audience, the isolated nature of using it can delude us at times, making us forget just how visible our words and statements are. Such was perhaps the case with Adam Orth, who went by Orthy on Twitter and worked as Microsoft's Creative Director until a rant cost him his job.

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Xbox 720 AMD heart tipped as backward-compatibility cut

Xbox 720 AMD heart tipped as backward-compatibility cut

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox may sacrifice backward-compatibility for 360 games in favor of easier cross-platform development for Xbox and Windows PC games, sources claim, following Sony in jumping to AMD chips. The unofficially titled "Xbox 720" will ditch IBM Power PC processors for AMD's x86-based chips, Bloomberg reports, bringing greater hardware parity to Xbox and PC, and allowing game developers to more easily release titles for both platforms. However, those upgrading from an existing Xbox 360 to the new console may be less impressed.

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Sources reinforce rumors that Microsoft’s next Xbox requires constant internet connection

Sources reinforce rumors that Microsoft’s next Xbox requires constant internet connection

Some new sources have reinforced previous rumors that Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720 will require a constant connection to the internet in order for you to play your games. The news comes from Microsoft Blogger Paul Thurrott in a discussion with Andrew Zarian on What The Tech. His sources say that there is a note for the Xbox 720 saying, "must be internet-connected to use".

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Banning Used Games Is A Deal-Breaker

Banning Used Games Is A Deal-Breaker

Let me say this loud and clear: any game console that tries to block used games will fail. And I, along with other gamers, will be happy to see it.

Over the last year or so, we’ve been hearing rumors that Microsoft’s next console, currently codenamed Durango, could ban used games. Microsoft, of course, hasn’t said anything on the matter, deciding instead to keep its plans close to the vest until it finally has the chance to unveil the device to the world. But the steady drumbeat of claims that the console won’t support used games is concerning.

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Xbox 720 demands installed games and always-on activation leak suggests

Xbox 720 demands installed games and always-on activation leak suggests

Microsoft may force gamers of its next-gen Xbox "720" to install all games to the internal drive rather than run them from disc, with the new console - codenamed "Durango" - also insisting on a permanent online connection. New documentation purportedly from the Durango XDK (Xbox Development Kit) and shared by Vgleaks suggests Microsoft is changing the way the next Xbox will load and handle optical media; although the console will have a Blu-ray drive, the help files confirm, it will only be used for installation.

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Analyst thinks Sony will be playing catch-up with the PS4

Analyst thinks Sony will be playing catch-up with the PS4

Microsoft has led the console wars month in and month out with the current generation hardware. The Xbox 360 has outsold the PS3 significantly for a number of months. With both Sony and Microsoft preparing to launch new next-generation consoles, many are wondering if Microsoft will continue to lead the console wars moving into the next generation.

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