It looks like Microsoft are planning to battle Apple head on with a 7″ gaming tablet, according to a rumour on website The Verge today.
The project, which is obviously shrouded in secrecy (although perhaps not quite well enough) will no doubt build on the platform holders experiments with Windows Phone, Surface and SmartGlass, with the tech blog reporting that it’ll go under the name of “Xbox Surface” and come equipped with “a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks”.
According to rumours, the Xbox Surface won’t run a full version of Windows, but a cut-down gaming version, with basic messaging and other functions intact but with a clear focus on providing an Xbox experience in a portable form. It’ll apparently be manufactured in the same factory as Surface.
Microsoft are expected to reveal the next Xbox console next year. This will no doubt run alongside a home gaming machine, linking up and providing a second screen where needed.