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Rumour: Microsoft Bringing Out An Xbox Gaming Tablet

SmartGlass just the beginning?

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.

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  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    So they’re copying Nintendo again.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 15:35.
    • Eldur
      Since: Nov 2012

      Now, now. *Handbags*

      Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 15:48.
  2. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    Can’t the surface already play Xbox games? I mean I see Toy Soldiers and Hydro Thunder on the Store (PC not sure if they’re actually for Surface too) but thats pretty much it (I can’t remember the rest)

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 16:15.
  3. TheDemocrodile
    Since: May 2010

    I cant see this actually happening, Microsoft have only just started an assault on the tablet market with the Suface RT, Their whole gambit revolves around this tablet being perceived as for those who “do”.
    Entering the 7″ market is insane, not only do you have to double your marketing costs to do it but you have to pretty much sell the thing at cost to compete with the entrenched big boys – The Nexus 7, the giant that is Kindle and the iPad mini (to name just a few).
    Does not compute.

    Comment posted on 06/11/2012 at 16:17.
    • KeRaSh
      Since: Nov 2009

      Microsoft definitely has the funds to back such a project but it is a very competitive market in the 7″ area and I really can’t see this happening. I’d love to be proven wrong, though. Just for the sake of technology and gaming.

      Comment posted on 07/11/2012 at 07:08.
      • bunimomike
        Since: Jul 2009

        Ha. Competitive in the 7″ area. *childish snigger*

        Comment posted on 07/11/2012 at 10:25.
      • KeRaSh
        Since: Nov 2009

        Touché! :D

        Comment posted on 07/11/2012 at 11:46.
  4. Tarak
    Since: Aug 2012

    Interesting… but skeptical

    Comment posted on 07/11/2012 at 10:12.

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