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Evening Newsround, April 25: Sony doubles expectations, Next Xbox in November

It's been a very busy day and now it's time for Evening Newsround just to gather up any stories we may have missed.

There are a few interesting stories today, so let's get started.

Next Xbox to arrive in November alongside subscription model

A report from Paul Thurrott claims the next Xbox will arrive in November for 299 dollars, although he is also claiming that a 299 dollar model will also be available, with purchasers then being asked to pay 10 dollars per month thereafter.

Apparently the monthly sub model will require a two-year Xbox Live Gold membership, something which has been talked about before.

If this is the case then for a 299 dollar model you will actually end up paying more than paying for the console up front, although we aren't sure if Xbox LIVE membership would be included in this cost.

Elsewhere the report also states it will have a Blu-ray drive, with the operating system being based on Windows 8. Again these rumours have been mention before.

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Sony doubles income expectations

Sony has doubled its income expectations for the financial year, with results expected on May 9.

The company now expects an income of 40 billion yen (403m Dollars / 261m GBP), with operating income now forecast to be 230 billion yen (2.3b Dollars / 1.5b GBP), with sales expected to come in at a whopping 6.8 trillion yen (68.6b Dollars / 44.4b GBP).

These results are no doubt due to Sony agreeing to sell both it's New York and Osaki offices, combined with the fact that its Financial Services division is expected to exceed prior guidance due thanks to a strong performance at its insurance company, Sony Life.

FIFA 14 dated by Amazon, Vita version also mentioned

Retailer Amazon has dated FIFA 14 for September 24 in North America, suggesting that the European version will arrive either the week before or the week after.

In addition, the site has also posted up a listing for the PlayStation Vita, despite EA not previously mentioning the platform as part of its launch line up. Let's hope it actually has some improvements this time.


That's about it, although this post SimCity 2.0 firmware update video did make me laugh.

Edited On 25 Apr, 2013

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Robichoico 4 years ago
Probably worth mentioning considering there's quite a few people playing it but two more sets of DLC are up to buy for Fire Emblem. One is the Scramble Pack which gives special themed missions such as Harvest Scramble Hot Springs Scramble, Summer Scramble. Has plenty more dialogue between characters and plenty of fanservice. It costs £5.39 Also is the Golden Pack which contains Golden Gaffe, EXPonential Growth and Infinite Regalia. Also costs £5.35. I think they're kinda expensive as opposed to champions pack. And so soon after release it's kinda means you've paid £45 (assuming you bought from Shopto) for everything Of course that's assuming you bought all the packs. Golden Gaffe and Harvest Scramble are the only two actually out (rest coming weekly) Personally I played the hell out of Champions of Yore 1 (at least 10 times already) and know will play it in each and every time I play the game. So I can justify it. But whether or not you guys can is up to you.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
That is a 5 from me
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
That's a big fat 6 I reckon.oooh, November? With new cod as a launch title? MS may win this in numbers alone if they do that.
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
A report from Paul Thurrott claims the next Xbox will arrive in November for 299 dollars, although he is also claiming that a 299 dollar model will also be available" I don't get it?
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
Thurrott also notes that the rumored “always online” functionality of the next Xbox is correct. He notes that “the next Xbox must be Internet-connected to use.
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
And to be honest the fact that they even considered a Media only version of the new xbox just shouts to me the route they're heading with this generation. Gonna be tough saying bye to my gamer-score but ho hum.... looks like I'm making the PS4 my primary console
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troublemaker 4 years ago
The thing that bugs me, is that I will GLADLY go out and buy a nextbox. From the point of view of getting the family playing, the xbox seems perfect, but the media-centric, always on thing is a real sticking point for me. I'll get one, cheap, and there's no way I'll have it as my primary console.

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