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New rumors on next-generation Xbox surface

Forbes is reporting some interesting new rumors on the next-generation Xbox game console from Microsoft. We have known for a while that the next generation console is in the works and is expected to the launch this year with the codename Durango.

Many of those rumors are expecting the next-generation Xbox to be called the Xbox 720. However, Forbes reports that it is now hearing that the official name for the console will be the Xbox Infinity. The image in this story is said to be a leaked image of the official Xbox Infinity logo.

A few other new details are surfacing in whispers along with the new logo including some details about the new Xbox controllers. Forbes cites sources at Microsoft who say the new console will be a generational incremental improvement from the current Xbox 360.
The one major upgrade that is tipped to be included with new console is a touch sensitive controller. The touch sensitive area on the new Xbox controller will be used to allow players to take advantage of gestures to complement the Kinect sensor bar.

The official reveal of the next-generation Xbox will be on May 21, 2013. Microsoft is betting big on this launch and people living in the U.S. or Canada will be able watch the live launch via Xbox Live and The launch will also be broadcast on Spike TV.

Many gamers are concerned about the next-generation Xbox after rumors continue to insist that it requires an always-on internet connection and may block used games.

Sources: Forbes, Major Nelson

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RE: Xbox live
By BRB29 on 4/29/2013 11:50:20 AM , Rating: 2
$50 a year is not that much. With the kind of data they have to handle and it's pretty much lag free every time i log on. TBH, they are either breaking even or only making very little.

RE: Xbox live
By nafhan on 4/29/2013 12:52:19 PM , Rating: 1
Uhm... MS has, in the past, mentioned that "half" of Xbox Live users are paying for Gold. Let's call that 20 million people.

$50 x 20 mil. = a billion dollars.

My numbers could be pretty far off, and they'd still be making piles of money off of just Gold subscription payments. For comparison, Netflix pulls in ~$100 per user each year handling what is likely orders of magnitude more data - and they're quite profitable!

RE: Xbox live
By SPOOFE on 4/29/2013 2:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
and they're quite profitable!

>10% profit margin, it seems like, with some hefty volatility in their bottom line for the past couple years. They're doing well, but they're hardly Scrooge McDuckin' 'round this joint.

RE: Xbox live
By BRB29 on 4/29/2013 5:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
You're right, the DLC makes them loads of money.

RE: Xbox live
By augiem on 4/30/2013 2:29:41 PM , Rating: 2

As for Xbox profitability, he argues that developers have always been the winners; that Microsoft has managed to break-even, but not do much better than that. He comments, "They’re just maybe a little bit above breakeven, that’s all there is. This is not a big money-making machine for Microsoft."

He's right too. I did an analysis of past annual reports from MS in this comment here: From 2002 to 2012 MS lost over $4B on Xbox and Xbox 360.

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