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Gabe / on Fri, Jan 31 2003 at 4:30 pm

Unsubstantiated Rumors

In his latest article Storm Shadow gave us the low down on his recent trip to CES. One of the items he mentioned in passing in that article was a possible new price and design for the Xbox. Here is the excerpt from his article:

Xbox is also rumored to be under a design change, to a smaller package with the same capabilities. Microsoft plans on bringing the price to $99 US. This is also a clue that they will make consoles a subscription product soon, which I pretty much hate the idea of. The only things I like subscribing to are Maxim Magazine and a high opinion of myself. You see, to bankers everywhere, the words “reoccurring revenue stream” sound just like “Anna Kournikova naked”…

Since Stormy delivered this article I have talked to a few other people in the know who have confirmed this scenario.  If I was a betting man I’d put money on a new smaller sleeker Xbox by next Christmas along with a new $99 price point.  The catch of course being that you will need to sign up for a few years of Xbox Live along with it.

I don’t really see this rumor getting much play at any of the other news sites so I figured I’d mention it here. Since I see Xbox live as being an integral part of owning an Xbox it seems to me like it’s probably a pretty good deal. I mean, as far as I’m concerned you are gonna need to have Live anyway, so why not get your box for $99. It will be interesting to see if this turns out to be true and if so what kind of reaction it gets.

-Gabe out

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