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Rumors concerning Microsoft's direction with the next generation are beginning to furiously swirl. The latest is that Microsoft has plans to release a set-top box similar to Apple TV that offers casual gaming and focuses on the delivery of television, movies, and music.
The Verge is reporting that this set-top box would be promoted as an alternative to whatever Microsoft's next console will be, designed for consumers who are only interested in the media delivery services of the current Xbox 360. According to The Verge, "The device will run on the core components of Windows 8 and support casual gaming titles rather than full Xbox games typically found on a dedicated console. Although hardware specifications aren't fully locked down, we understand Microsoft will use a chipset to enable an 'always on' device that boots quickly and resumes to provide near-instant access to TV and entertainment services."
Microsoft has responded to the rumor offering the following statement:
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.
What do you think? Does this sound feasible? Is this something you would be interested in owning if it does end up existing?
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I'm only interested in the gaming side, so no I wouldn't purchase it.
Cool...this tip stuff actually works. :)
It would be a great gift for someone who doesn't game obviously. But for me I would have to pass. Casual games might be on the rise but not being able to rock the AAA titles is a dealbreaker for me.
Really? I had heard they were only starting to swirl furiously.
You'd think that Microsoft would just become a full fledged cable company, and stop beating around the bush. I would happily leave Xfinity(Comcast), their prices are absolutely ridiculous.
Considering how many people use their xbox for just the media aspects, this is a good idea.
sounds perfect for the target market, namely my parents. It's a good move on their part and a fantastic idea, even if it doesn't apply to me.
Hopefully this means they'll focus on non casual games/ IPs for the xbox or just games in general and less time on apps/
Kinect...but I highly doubt it.
Microsoft, we need to talk. Look, I know you tried to make things right with Windows 7, but you're still stuck in this world where you want to be like Apple. You aren't Apple. You're arguably just as frustrating as they are, but you aren't Apple. Trying to be Apple will just piss off everyone who likes you, besides people from Apple. If you don't get off of this track now, Halo 5 will be part Facebook game part Kinect game. No one wants that, so stop now before it is too late.
Oh and by the way, PORT Halo 3 to PC already.
I find it funny that people on here (gamers) are saying they wouldn't buy it, because they only care about the games. Obviously this isn't targeted towards you...
I think this is not the site to market this new device toward obviously, but will be popular among little kids and parents who have a poor opinion toward gaming.
This sounds like something Microsoft would do. I actually like this. I can get both and keep the Set-Top Box in my bedroom to watch Movies and Videos. Then Again I do?will have Nintendo TVii.