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Microsoft to launch Xbox TV set-top box

Posted at 22 November 2012 17:43 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

While Apple and Google are also slowly moving towards the TV with Apple TV and Google TV, also Microsoft is making its moves on this market. According to website TheVerge is Microsoft working on a low cost alternative to the Xbox game console. This set-top box should be designed to provide access to core entertainment services.  It seems to part of Microsoft’s strategy for their next generation Xbox, where they’ll have a powerful full featured game console and a less powerful set-top box that does not support the CPU/GPU intensive gaming titles that will appear on the next generation Xbox.

The device should run on core components of Windows 8 and should support some form of casual gaming. It should be always on, meaning that it can quickly boot and resume to provide quick access to TV and entertainment services. TheVerge also reports that the device should be part of Microsoft’s new Xbox strategy where the next generation Xbox will be scalable enough to run on a number of devices, where it can be equipped with code to make phone calls to run it on a phone or code to run standalone on TVs.

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MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 22 Nov 12 18:11
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    Posted on: 22 Nov 12 18:21
      The X-Box has had a place on TVs for a while. Until the release of the Ceton Echo later this month it is the only Windows Media Center extender currently in production. The addition of a tuner and CableCard is just evolutionary, not revolutionary.
      MyCE Senior Member
      Posted on: 22 Nov 12 21:56
        Hey, Microsoft... how about coming up with something the rest of the world HASN'T already come up with years ago? Perhaps if you can find the legal ramifications, you could include DVD/BRD ripping natively? Or, the ability to share hardware resource, such as CPU, GPU and RAM? Seriously, thinking out of hte box can't be that hard. It took me all of ten seconds to think of those two things, so with a room full of brainstomers, spending as much time as needed to come up with new, viable technology, it shouldn't be too hard for you to start trends instead of following them a few years too late.
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 23 Nov 12 02:24
          I just want MKV support on my xbox. I think a better idea for MS is to leverage the millions of xboxes already out there. I'm sure they can do what this stripped down thing can, performance wise. Sounds like they expect non gamers to buy some Xbox type of product and I can't see that happening.
          Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
          Posted on: 25 Dec 12 00:21
            console gaming is for kids. Computer gaming is where the real gaming goes on. So I dont think the Xbox TV is on my list. LOL

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