Microsoft caused a big splash when it decided to enter the tablet business for itself and release the Surface. However, it seems the Surface may not be the only tablet Microsoft has been working on. According to the latest reports, Microsoft may also be working on a tablet to go alongside the company's hugely successful Xbox gaming console.
The Verge cites multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond that say Microsoft is building its own gaming tablet. These people say that initial hardware planning for the device, believed to measure seven inches in size, is already underway. Dubbed the Xbox Surface, the tablet was first rumored back in June, before the current Surface was unveiled.
According to the Verge, the tablet is being developed "independent of specific hardware architecture" and will likely appear before the next generation Xbox, Xbox 720. Additionally, it's thought the tablet won't run a full version of Windows. We imagine the device will be marketed as a companion device for the Xbox and will make use of Microsoft's recently released SmartGlass technology, which allows gamers to use touchscreen devices like smartphones or tablets as secondary screens while playing.
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What I doubt is that it will be out before the 720. That would in fact be foolish, they are already behind Nintendo's curve, they should hold back copying them until they discover the flaws in Nintendo's device.
The XBOX U
Xbox Tablet 360
Xbox Tablet 720
Anyone else, any good names? :p
Xbox Companion Tablet
Xbox Weighted Companion Tablet