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Report: Next-gen Xbox TV Device Coming in 2013

By - Source: The Verge | B 17 comments

Microsoft apparently planning set-top box device for release next year.

Though Microsoft is apparently planning to show off its next generation Xbox console at some point next year, the Xbox 720 isn't the only piece of Xbox hardware that Redmond has up its sleeve. According to the Verge, the company is planning a two-SKU strategy for 2013 and it includes a set-top box dubbed Xbox TV.

The Verge cites multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans that say the company will a low-cost alternative to the Xbox that will run on core components of Windows 8 and offer access to core entertainment services as well as casual gaming titles. Details on the specifications of this device are pretty slim, but the Verge writes that it will be an "always-on" device with fast boot times to deliver quick access to TV and entertainment services.

Though it's not yet clear what services we can expect with this new Xbox TV set-top box, it's likely these will include Microsoft's own Xbox Music and Xbox Video will be on there as well as some third party offerings like Hulu and Netflix. The device is expected to be launched in time for holiday 2013, similar to the Xbox 720. Stay tuned and we'll bring you more information as it comes!

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    mightymaxio , November 21, 2012 6:05 PM
    This might be an interesting competitor to Roku, AppleTV, or GoogleTV. If it is priced the same I might get one just to check out what you can do with it. If you could use a 360 controller I would be all for this
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    edogawa , November 21, 2012 6:06 PM
    This is actually very interesting.

    One reasonable small time fee for a DVR box that can just use a cable card and run Windows 8, it would give me a reason to get rid of FiOS DVRS, those things are so slow and expensive for multiple rooms!

    I was hoping to get a Centon Q, but that looks like a lost cause. :( 
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    esrever , November 21, 2012 6:17 PM
    Sounds like an interesting device, if it can play xbox live arcade games for cheap, it would be such a bad device.
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    unimatrixalpha , November 21, 2012 6:21 PM
    Nice. It should be able to function as a Media Center Extender that the other alternatives cannot function as, except for the Xbox 360 which does.
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    boogalooelectric , November 21, 2012 6:42 PM
    It would be nice if they made it Cable Card ready with at least 4 tuners and gave it a 2 TB HD.

    I have a Silicondust Homerun Prime and have a Ceton Echo on pre-order, still it would be nice to have in al-in-one solution.


    edogawaThis is actually very interesting. One reasonable small time fee for a DVR box that can just use a cable card and run Windows 8, it would give me a reason to get rid of FiOS DVRS, those things are so slow and expensive for multiple rooms!I was hoping to get a Centon Q, but that looks like a lost cause.



    Ceton killed that one, its not even listed on their page anymore.
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    vilenjan , November 21, 2012 6:45 PM
    So its Google TV, but with windows 8 instead. If done right, it might actually work, especially if they include fill browser in there and support for wireless keyboard.
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    evilsizer , November 21, 2012 6:58 PM
    I wonder if that is why Microsoft seems to be phasing out Media Center. Sounds like it'll basically be a little HTPC with limited gaming ability.
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    godfather666 , November 21, 2012 6:58 PM
    Sounds interesting in theory, but we'll see.
    Personally, I wouldn't buy an Xbox (PC gamer), but would be interested in such a device.
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    drwho1 , November 21, 2012 7:04 PM
    This might be the reason why Windows 8 doesn't have WMC from the get-go.
    Its just lame to be honest.

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    bigdog44 , November 21, 2012 7:11 PM
    As long as the the gaming is arcadey so it doesnt cannibalize... Maybe this is where the arm processor rumors came from.
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    Achoo22 , November 21, 2012 7:24 PM
    Seriously? I can't believe how many people seem to be excited about this junk. Clearly, "deliver quick access to TV and entertainment services" directly translates to, "deliver quick access to demographic analytics and personalized advertising." There's another device on the market that can deliver quick, instant-on access to TV - it's called a TV.

    None of these streaming boxes can hold a candle to a little-bitty (USB key-sized) Linux running XBMC, let alone a full-blown HTPC.
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    techy74 , November 21, 2012 8:31 PM
    I wonder how similar to Sony's PlayTv it will be?
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    evilsizer , November 21, 2012 9:20 PM
    Microsoft has realized that currently the money is in getting people to pay for programs,games,movies,tv shows, music, ect... While mom and dad may not be interested in paying $500-$900 for the next XBOX, they may be interested in paying $100-$200 for this kind of system that offers the MS Store and all of the goodies MS plans to have in place by the time this thing comes out.

    We've got three main competeing companies that want to sell us basic products to get into their stores exclusively. They want to tie you into their store with all of your devices. Phone, TV, Tablets, Home Computers. That is where the money is right now.

    Will this compete with Linux running XBMC technically, no. In a market of people where most have no clue about Linux, programming, or XBMC. The closest Linux competition will will come from Apple and Google. We can keep our XBMC to ourselves because most people want ease of use. You'll plug these things in andthey'll run. Maybe the won't have all of the bells and whistles that we would expect, but enough to sell the main product, the store.
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    edogawa , November 21, 2012 10:09 PM
    boogalooelectricIt would be nice if they made it Cable Card ready with at least 4 tuners and gave it a 2 TB HD.I have a Silicondust Homerun Prime and have a Ceton Echo on pre-order, still it would be nice to have in al-in-one solution.Ceton killed that one, its not even listed on their page anymore.


    Amen!
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    kyee7k , November 21, 2012 11:03 PM
    What does "with fast boot times to deliver quick access to TV and entertainment services" mean? Are they implying they will use an ssd?
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    alextheblue , November 21, 2012 11:22 PM
    Achoo22None of these streaming boxes can hold a candle to a little-bitty (USB key-sized) Linux running XBMC, let alone a full-blown HTPC.
    Full blown HTPC is harder to set up and use for your average non-techie. Linux on a USB-sized device? Even worse - not to mention lacking the horsepower of a larger solution. A good HTPC will have superior image quality to a little stickputer. Or do you want to run it through the HQV testing suite to see if it matches discrete desktop GPUs? Then there's web browsing with Flash, HTLM5, Java, etc.

    On top of this, Xbox TV devices are probably going to play some XBLA games. So they need at least some punch. It will help bridge the gap between a full HTPC and something tiny, and it will be easy to use as well. It's more of a competitor to Google TV and Apple TV, and it complements Xbox consoles on other TVs.
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    kinggraves , November 22, 2012 2:10 AM
    kyee7kWhat does "with fast boot times to deliver quick access to TV and entertainment services" mean? Are they implying they will use an ssd?


    It means it's going to use Win8 and never actually shut down.

    Little late to jump on the bandwagon MS, Google and Apple already have the best seats. MS has an advantage on the syncable devices since they could possibly go across XBox, PC, laptops, phones, and tablets.

    What's funny is that even MS that's in the gaming industry does not seem to understand that "casual gaming" is a market that only really applies to mobile. I don't want to play Angry Birds for several hours on a big screen.