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Xbox gaming tablet to debut before next console - report

Microsoft is apparently building a 7-inch Xbox Surface device with a focus on games

Xbox SmartGlass is just the beginning of Microsoft's tablet device ambitions, if a report from The Verge proves to be accurate. Citing "multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond," the publication states that Microsoft is currently building a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet with a focus on gaming.

The Xbox Surface will likely incorporate a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM so that high-end games can be played smoothly. It's still possible that specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC, The Verge noted.

Apparently, Microsoft has some of its team in Silicon Valley working on the Xbox Surface right now, and several Xbox-related buildings have been locked down so that employee access is limited as Microsoft continues testing of the new tablet.

Microsoft, of course, does not comment on rumor or speculation, but the report suggests that Xbox Surface will actually launch before the next Xbox console. The tablet wars are heating up, and if tablets are going to take a huge chunk out of the home console space, you better believe Microsoft wants a piece of that pie. Similar to Windows Phone 8, however, the company is going to face some stiff challenges in a very, very competitive and increasingly crowded market.

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Latest comments (7)

Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster4 years ago
I could imagine this being true and they need a 7" device for sure.

The Tec Guy ~AC
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
This catches the zeitgeist perfectly.
For MS LIve was always the product and the various boxes were just ways to access it.
There is no doubt that 7 inch tablet gaming is going to be immense. All the consumer research figures coming through are telling us this.

This tablet will be fabulous if it accesses the Windows 8 app store, using it as the main content distribution mechanism, then using Live to add all the server and social requirements. This would put MS in a place where they would have strategic advantage.
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Aleksi Ranta Product Manager - Hardware 4 years ago
I find this pretty unconceivable, not the concept as such but the fact that MS would even need seperate hardware to make a "gaming tablet". They have the surface, they have the store already, they have the smart glass. What would be the value proposition to the consumer with regards to a dedicated gaming tablet which lanches this generation? I think it would be very small.
What games would be released on it?
- No exclusive ones for sure, this late in the cycle.
what would the benefit be over the current Surface table?
-price is the only variable. as no exclusive titles would be made this cycle that would require dedicated hardware and beefed up specs

If I really stretch i could possibly see a very stripped down version of Win8 on a 7 tablet priced at $99, meaning no nothing expect store and xbox live integration but what would be gained over a WP8? not much.

Next generation is totally different thing. This generation....ill eat my sock (just one) if this pans out to be true.
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Mark Hughes Software Developer, 4J Studios4 years ago
A regular Surface tablet, but with hardware controls? That would be best of both worlds.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
Surface is a 10 inch tablet, which makes it a completely different beast to what the article is talking about.

Also this has nothing to do with console cycles.
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Dave Knudson Sr. Technology Manager, Electronic Arts4 years ago
Must be a hell of a tablet to need 380W. Also disappointing that this only supports 22.2 channel surround, I just finished installing 33.3 in my living room.
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Felix Leyendecker Senior 3D Artist, Crytek4 years ago
It better has physical controls, or I don't see the extra value.
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