Pachter: Next Xbox will be your TV!
During Develop, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter made sure to put down yet another interesting quote. He believes that Microsoft has a strategy that will take over the world, make “Smart TV” obsolete, and make the next Xbox your television.
“Console will have to be multiple purpose devices, though. The Xbox 720, this is my prediction, is going to be your television as well. You’ll be able to tune into television through it. You won’t need a ‘smart TV’ when you’ve got an Xbox 720, it will be your television and your internet. It’s going to be open architecture and I think it’s real trick will be that one Xbox will be able to display television to as many screens as you have in your possession.
He continued, stating that he expects Microsoft to follow suit on their recent strategy of selling an Xbox360 for $99 and then charging a monthly subscription fee of $15 for Xbox live:
“I’m pretty confident that in the US Microsoft is going to partner with a cable TV provider, so I expect that the console will be priced like a smart phone. I expect you’ll be paying $99 for the console with a cable TV subscription.”
The Xbox720 as a set top box? Could be an interesting idea, but I wonder how Microsoft would be able to do that in the rest of the world.