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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It does. A company has to compete and fight with the current competitor, so I'm not surprised if they do it.
So, Microsoft is headed in the casual direction now, eh?
I wouldn't pick it up. That's what my TV and On Demand is for.
Hmm... mighty interesting Microsoft. I guess only time will tell.
of course they are, who didn't see something like this coming.
"if it works, duplicate it!"
I wouldn't get it
yeah i heard this and was a little surprised. sounds interesting like the wii mini that's rumored to be released
Hmm... Honestly, I'm at most ambiguous on this.
This does not appeal to me but it is a good move by Microsoft, it will expand their audience. I would also just like to note that Microsoft responded to their questions, unlike Sony "We do not comment on rumors and speculation" Just another reason Sony is inferior. (in my opinion)