A new report from The Verge is saying that Xbox TV, a set-top box from Microsoft is going to be available in Holiday 2013. According to the same report the device will run Windows 8, support “casual” games and have access to multiple entertainment services, just like Apple TV. This move is in line with previous rumors stating that Microsoft has a double SKU plan for the next generation – one being a cheap, stripped down version(this one) and the other being a proper next-gen gaming beast.
As for Xbox TV’s hardware, The Verge says that not much info is available yet, just that it uses “a chipset to enable an ‘always on’ device that boots quickly and resumes to provide near-instant access to TV and entertainment services.” The Xbox TV is said to be a part of a broader effort to ensure that next-gen Xbox is “scalable enough to be put together to run on a number of devices. We understand that the company could opt to combine its core system for the next Xbox with a phone stack to deliver a phone capable of running a full version of Microsoft’s Xbox Live services. It has also investigated providing this functionality to TV OEMs, who could include the core services as part of a licensed Xbox television set.”
Microsoft commented on this rumor:
“Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducing controller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention.”
Knowing The Verge’s close relationship with Microsoft, this could very well turn out to be true.
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