Posted 11/07/2012 at 10:32 AM
Posted 4 years ago
Rumors have surfaced in the tech world that Microsoft is working on a new 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet, with focus primarily on gaming.
The story has come from The Verge, who writes that “multiple sources” familiar with Microsoft’s plans can confirm that the hardware planning for the new tablet is already underway. The breaking story follows on from rumors in June that Microsoft were planning a new Xbox tablet that would include a 7-inch LED screen with a 1280×720 resolution, an SD card slot and four USB 3.0 ports. The sources have confirmed that these specs are indeed correct which means we may see the tablet before the much anticipated Xbox 720 console is released.
It is purely speculation at the moment, but the Xbox Surface is likely to feature a custom ARM processor and RAM combination that is designed specifically for gaming. The Verge also reports that the tablet will not run a full version of Windows, but a custom Windows Kernel, rather like the Amazon Kindle Fire does with the Android operating system.
At present, all Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets come with at least 10-inch screens. It is feasible that a full version of Windows would not work as well on a smaller tablet, hence the reason for the modified OS in the Xbox Surface.
The Verge writes that tablet functions may be supported, which means we will probably see the Xbox tablet sporting messaging, email and browsing functions, but the focus is on gaming.
It will be interesting to see whether the Xbox Surface is marketed to rival the Wii U and PlayStation Vita, or looks to take on the likes of the iPad and Google Nexus 7, which have transformed the way we think about handheld gaming. Whichever it is, Microsoft will need to come up with something special to succeed in what are very competitive markets.