The lights are on
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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So a revival of the Xbox "Lite, with only downloadable games and streaming entertainment services" rumor, eh?
And people constantly scream at Nintendo for being casual. I don't really see where the market for this would be--especially if its an Xbox-branded device. Kinect sold really well, then quickly erased any hopes pertaining to it, and SmartGlass is just useless.
I'm really interested to see what kind of stuff MS and Sony throw at us at E3 2013. You can't even picture what it might be, given these MS rumors, Kinect 2, SmartGlass, and MS's rumored WiiU GamePad-like controller. Then there's Sony who have spent the last three generations doing very well by flatly copying Nintendo at every turn--a company that seems terrifyingly content to just let a promising portable console languish in obscurity.
It's going to be an interesting generation, to say the least.
Microsoft and Apple. Interesting.
Just announce your next gah dang system already
We're going to have to have A LOT more details before we can really speak to this. I mean, will it require an XBOX Live subscription? Will it get all the channels we want without the need for terrestrial cable anymore? Will it have a DVR? If so, how much space will the drive hold? Will it come with controller/Kinect as well? Otherwise does it have a TV-type remote that doubles as a gamepad for these dumbed-down titles available for it? What value does it give someone who already owns a 360? Why would someone buy this instead of a 360? Is this yet another case of too little, too late? (i.e. Apple releases the iPod, MS follows too late with the Zune; Apple releases the iPhone, MS follows too late with Windows Phone; Apple releases iPad, MS follows too late with Surface; Apple releases iOS, MS follows too late with Windows 8; Apple releases Apple TV; MS follows too late with Set-topBox.)
Until we get answers to these and MANY more questions, this will be pretty unexciting speculation.
Considering this will likely have a feature similar to airplay that will allow you to have your console hooked up to one TV but have the video output streamed to another TV in the house over wifi, this is a definite buy.
in my own opinion, this is going to be the future of everything be it games and all. WIRED, taking and getting information, buying game disc or game streaming with set-top boxes, portability (on the go connections) with your PDA/PGA (personal game assistant). XBOX and PS3 and Apple and others are gearing up for this thing and its around the corner. Info where and when you need it.
This does nothing that my Xbox can't already, so unless I receive it as a gift I will not be getting one
Whatever it is, Micro$oft will probably make you pay out the ass for it.
The best part is that if they're making a media focused version, then the other version will be more gamer centered, and I won't have to deal with all this nonsense.
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Interesting concept for Microsoft, but not sure I would go for it.
Its a good idea actually, but I'm almost afraid that means they will focus less on the gamers than they already are.
Would I buy a console exclusively for media? No. I just want to play games on my Xbox. The fact that I can watch Netflix from gaming devices is just a plus, never a selling point. This does not seem like a good idea.