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The backwards compatibility features of the next generation Xbox have been put in doubt after rumours of a super affordable $99 Xbox 360 hit the internet over the weekend.

Speaking on the latest episode of the "What The Tech" podcast, technology blogger Paul Thurrott said: "I mentioned before they're also going to sell a new Xbox 360 code-named 'Stingray' that will be $99."

Such an affordable price makes it possible to argue the case that the next generation Xbox won't feature backwards compatibility, says Thurrott.

"You might look at that as two things: backwards compatibility, obviously, suggesting - I don't actually know this for a fact, but based on the fact that they're making one - I don't think that the new Xbox will play 360 games. But that I don't actually know, that I'm guessing."

He added that its $99 price point will also open the Xbox 360 up to a new audience as a consumer media box.

"$99, that's a real cool price," said Thurrott. "And so we know that the Xbox 360 does Netflix, Hulu Plus, yada yada yada, and you can make the argument that's kind of a low cost entertainment device, too."

During the same podcast, Thurrott revealed that he believes the next generation Xbox will be announced on May 21.



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Pretend Exclusive: A 3rd party multiplat, that releases for multiple consoles in the same window, in which all press showings and marketing are catered to only one console. Exclusive console bundles, being the lead platform, as well as timed exclusive/exclusive  betas and game content also strengthen the claim. The final effect is that the uninformed gamer will be convinced that the version primarily advertised is the only and/or best place to experience the game.

X1: Titanfall, COD: AW.    PS4: Watch Dogs, Destiny

Xbox E3 Exclusives: Halo MCC, Crackdown 3, Phantom Dust, Scalebound, Dance Central Spotlight

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Think this will be like the stripped down $99 Wii. A nice response to the next Xbox lacking backwards compatibility and a long overdue and significant price reduction.



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Pretend Exclusive: A 3rd party multiplat, that releases for multiple consoles in the same window, in which all press showings and marketing are catered to only one console. Exclusive console bundles, being the lead platform, as well as timed exclusive/exclusive  betas and game content also strengthen the claim. The final effect is that the uninformed gamer will be convinced that the version primarily advertised is the only and/or best place to experience the game.

X1: Titanfall, COD: AW.    PS4: Watch Dogs, Destiny

Xbox E3 Exclusives: Halo MCC, Crackdown 3, Phantom Dust, Scalebound, Dance Central Spotlight

Awesome, I will be getting this if there is no forced subscription service *-*!

3DS and a Xbox360 in 2013 for me? I can see that happening *-*!

I will buy another one at that price.

Could be problematic to the next Xbox though, really. Thats a really great pricepoint. If the next Xbox is $450+ and has the usual launch support lul, a $99 360 with arguably the best library of the generation will look VERY attractive.

I think a $99 360 should have been a Holiday 2012 option.

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BasilZero said:
Awesome, I will be getting this if there is no forced subscription service *-*!

3DS and a Xbox360 in 2013 for me? I can see that happening *-*!

How about it then becomes free with aa two year subscription to XBox Live Gold?



Carl2291 said:
Could be problematic to the next Xbox though, really. Thats a really great pricepoint. If the next Xbox is $450+ and has the usual launch support lul, a $99 360 with arguably the best library of the generation will look VERY attractive.

I think a $99 360 should have been a Holiday 2012 option.

Late gen and early adopters are pretty much two different markets. MS will benefit from both regardless. But yes, this should have been done sooner.



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Pretend Exclusive: A 3rd party multiplat, that releases for multiple consoles in the same window, in which all press showings and marketing are catered to only one console. Exclusive console bundles, being the lead platform, as well as timed exclusive/exclusive  betas and game content also strengthen the claim. The final effect is that the uninformed gamer will be convinced that the version primarily advertised is the only and/or best place to experience the game.

X1: Titanfall, COD: AW.    PS4: Watch Dogs, Destiny

Xbox E3 Exclusives: Halo MCC, Crackdown 3, Phantom Dust, Scalebound, Dance Central Spotlight

sales2099 said:

Think this will be like the stripped down $99 Wii. A nice response to the next Xbox lacking backwards compatibility and a long overdue and significant price reduction.

Wayyy overdue. I'll probably wait and buy onther slim. One of the white ones..... Sexiest console ever? Yes.



sales2099 said:

Think this will be like the stripped down $99 Wii. A nice response to the next Xbox lacking backwards compatibility and a long overdue and significant price reduction.


How stripped down? Theres no way it would not be lacking wi-fi as Microsoft genereates quite a bit of revenue off xbox live.

 

Honestly wi-fi and HDMI only and not able to play original xbox games for $99 would still sell like hotcakes, even without a hard drive and small flash memory.



It's just that simple.

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MonstaMack said:
sales2099 said:

Think this will be like the stripped down $99 Wii. A nice response to the next Xbox lacking backwards compatibility and a long overdue and significant price reduction.


How stripped down? Theres no way it would not be lacking wi-fi as Microsoft genereates quite a bit of revenue off xbox live.

 

Honestly wi-fi and HDMI only and not able to play original xbox games for $99 would still sell like hotcakes, even without a hard drive and small flash memory.

Why would not playing original XBox games be taken out of it?  It is software based and really doesn't take up that much space or really add anything to the costs at all.  It would likely cost more to do a build that doesn't play original XBox games.