Microsoft is going to give Apple a run for its money in the set-top TV box arena. And it plans to use the juggernaut Xbox brand to do so. That's according to a new report derived from sources in the know.
This purportedly "affordable" system will provide access to Xbox entertainment services, including streaming media and some degree of gaming. Although little else is known for the time being, the set-top box may be somehow related to to the next-gen Xbox console due out in 2013.
"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," The Verge reports. "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 near-instant access to TV and entertainment devices."
When asked for comment on the rumor, Microsoft issued 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."
Source: The Verge