Gamespot, in their fancy 2012 ‘predictions‘ feature, are rumouring that the next Xbox will be tablet-based. They also think the hype train will be boarding much earlier than E3, when industry insiders think the new machine will be shown properly.
“The guts of the new Xbox,” says the report, “presumably some kind of insane multicore CPU and crazy powerful graphics chipset, will be teased nice and early as part of Microsoft’s final showing at the Consumer Electronics Show this year.”
Gamespot thinks that a further E3 reveal will mean that “we’ll see it in stores by the 2013 holiday season.”
“There are strong signs suggesting that, like with Nintendo’s Wii U, a tablet component figures heavily into the new design. That saucy Windows 8 Metro interface (now also seen on the Xbox Dashboard) just begs to be touched.”
“Speculation as to the form it will take has been rife for the past few months, with some even suggesting that the core of the new platform will be akin to a tablet PC that wirelessly connects to a base station, which in turn plugs into your TV.”
“If this is the case,” the predictions continue, “a premium Xbox Next setup could feasibly include a base station, a tablet, a conventional controller of some kind, and the recently discussed high-def evolution of the Kinect.”