Microsoft Planning Xbox TV For 2013 With Casual Games And Video Streaming

xboxMicrosoft, it seems, really wants to capitalise on the popularity of the Xbox brand. After rumors of an Xbox phone and a 7” Xbox tablet, The Verge says that the Redmond giant is readying an Apple TV-like device to make Microsoft’s entertainment services accessible in the living room inexpensively

From The Verge:

We’re told that the set-top box is part of a two-SKU [stock-keeping unit] strategy for Microsoft’s next-generation of Xbox hardware that will be unveiled in 2013, with a release date ahead of the holiday shopping season. 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. 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 provide near-instant access to TV and entertainment services.

The Verge adds that Microsoft is making efforts to ensure that the Xbox software stack can scale effectively to run on a wide variety of devices ranging from consoles to set-top boxes to phones. Just like Windows, Microsoft’s plans reportedly involve licensing the Xbox software stack to TV OEMs.

The licensing component of Microsoft’s plans would make it a competitor to not just the puck sized Apple TV, but also the rumored, large screen Apple television.

Given the choice between the rumored inexpensive Xbox TV and the current Apple TV, which one would you pick? (Keep in mind that the Xbox TV could run casual games, while the Apple TV can’t really play games unless you count AirPlay.)

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  • LzrdKng74

    Microsoft all day, every day even on Sunday’s!

  • Kiwiholden

    Apple TV is so limited its almost useless in fact airplay is the only thing I can’t do on something else in the house but its cheaper to just use a cable instead.

    I use my Xbox for everything I stream all my movies and tv shows from my win 7 PC and watch and record live tv on them too.
    I’ve had my Xbox for around 6 years got it when it come out so I have really got my money’s worth but a cheaper non game focus box is a great idea.

  • Kiwiholden

    The fact is they’re just app boxes and smart tv’s are nothing more then app screen’s.
    They all more or less have the same apps and some have upto 4-5 differant ways to watch the same content for different prices.

    Apple tv’s limitedness is its biggest down fall