Durango will use development tools and APIs similar to those for Windows 8

Report: Next Xbox set for May 21st reveal

The next Xbox will be officially unveiled on May 21st, according to a report.

In a What The Tech podcast, as transcribed by AllGamesBeta, technology blogger Paul Thurrott said that although the console had been set for an April 24th reveal, Microsoft had now moved the unveiling to the following month.

As well as seemingly revealing the date of the reveal, Thurrott also claimed the next Xbox would be priced at $500. He also claimed there would be a $300 subscription-based model of the hardware.

Thurrott also said that documents he had previously received stated the Xbox must always be connected to the internet to use. The statement further fuels previous speculation from a number of sources that the next Xbox will indeed require always-online functionality.

The tech blogger stated that Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox would launch in early November, close to the PS4’s “holiday” release.

As for developers, he claimed that the console would have “basically the same” developer tools and APIs as other Windows 8 platforms.

"Early November, yeah,” said Thurrott in response to whether the console would launch in the fourth quarter.

“E3 is going to occur. BUILD is going to occur in San Francisco in June when they’re going to talk about the developer story because it’s a Windows 8 device. It’s going to have the same, or basically the same, developer tools and developer APIs and all that kind of stuff. So I think there’s a lot information to come, but I look at all this stuff that I’ve seen about Durango and I think, ‘it’s all positive.’”

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