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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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 thisReply
This is actually very interesting.Reply
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. :(
Sounds like an interesting device, if it can play xbox live arcade games for cheap, it would be such a bad device.Reply
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.Reply
It would be nice if they made it Cable Card ready with at least 4 tuners and gave it a 2 TB HD.Reply
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.
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.Reply
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.Reply
Sounds interesting in theory, but we'll see.Reply
Personally, I wouldn't buy an Xbox (PC gamer), but would be interested in such a device.
This might be the reason why Windows 8 doesn't have WMC from the get-go.Reply
Its just lame to be honest.
As long as the the gaming is arcadey so it doesnt cannibalize... Maybe this is where the arm processor rumors came from.Reply