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Microsoft May Release A Set-Top Xbox To Compete With Devices Like Apple TV Next Year

by Kyle Hilliard on Nov 21, 2012 at 10:12 AM

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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?