New predictions from tech blogger Paul Thurrott (who was spot-on about the May 21st reveal) suggest that the next-gen Xbox console could feature a two-tier pricing model, with a discount if you sign up to a monthly subscription for two years.
"Microsoft will initially offer two pricing models for the console," Thurrott alleges in a new post, "a standalone version for $499 and a $299 version that requires a two-year Xbox LIVE Gold commitment at an expected price of $10 per month."
Bam, said the lady. It's feasible that Xbox Live will offer TV and entertainment services as part of the package, presumably along with online functionality, but this isn't the first time we've heard whispers of possible subscription options floating around the dark corners of the internet. If you remember, Microsoft also trialled a similar service for the Xbox 360 in the States a few years back.
Remember, folks, this is a rumour. A RUMOUR. And an unsubstantiated one at that. But would you be tempted by the idea of a subscription offer with an upfront discount?