Microsoft working on a 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet focused on gaming

By , Nov 6, 2012

This is really interesting. Hot on the heels of launching its full-sized Surface tablet to a mixed market response, Microsoft is thought to now have their sights set on the smaller form-factor tablet space, currently dominated by seven-inchers from Google and Amazon, in addition to Apple’s iPad mini that launched last month. Microsoft’s secret project for a mini Xbox, it’s been said, involves a custom-built ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks…

The Verge has the story:

We’re told these specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC and that the Xbox Surface is being developed independent of specific hardware architecture.

Microsoft’s Xbox Surface won’t run a full version of Windows, rather this 7-inch tablet will run a custom Windows kernel. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming.

The publication says that initial hardware planning for an Xbox Surface is underway, with initial parts of it being developed at Microsoft’s offices in Silicon Valley.

 

The Xbox Surface will likely be manufactured in the same factory like the Surface tablet, the story has it.

Also this:

The software giant recently locked down several Xbox-related buildings, limiting employee access to the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business division.

The lock down is likely related to Microsoft’s increased testing of the tablet, providing a way for other parts of the Xbox team to build games and software for the device.

A seven-inch portable Xbox console certainly sounds plausible and the very thought of it is pretty intriguing, especially given Microsoft’s credibility in the gaming space and games being the most lucrative app category across mobile platforms.

Does an Xbox Surface tablet heavily focused on gaming sound like something you’d consider?

Pictured above: Microsoft’s Glasses technology, with a tablet acting as a secondary display for the desktop.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    if they make and XBOX surface with a real game controller they will kill the ipad with gaming consumers… cause the only thing missing form IOS is an official controller..

    • genXhippie

      I concur.

  • Muhammad

    An Xbox mini would be interesting to see, I might even consider buying one

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496513068 Zach Krase

    I’ve always wanted something like this except I want actual buttons not touch screen.

    • genXhippie

      Same here, actual buttons please, asap.

  • http://twitter.com/DucoHD Duco™

    Could be ambitious. But I prefer iOS anyways.

    • Dan

      Makes sense, being a prophet and all, you’ve seen into the future and determined that IOS is superior.

      • http://twitter.com/DucoHD Duco™

        IF these rumors are true, this tablet will most likely feature the same OS as the one Surface has right now, or similar and yes I prefer iOS over MS’s current OS, something many people agree on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

    Holy shit

  • http://twitter.com/muzikislyfe Richard Gomez

    I dont think its a good idea their 32 gb surface only comes with lik 16 gb of free space so if they make a 7 in tablet ranging between 8-32 gb or however they decide to make them there will only be little room for the user

    • Dan

      I doubt that, they won’t need the same operating system on a gaming than you would a full fledged windows system.

  • Aaron de Silva

    Lol I just want smart glass app for my iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/Sleepy83 Matt R.

    I am completely content with my $40 OEM 7″ tablet to ever consider paying a premium price for any iPad, BUT Microsoft making an Xbox tablet is a different story. It should be compatible with the Xbox controller and if that is the case, I will definitely buy one! I have waay more invested into my Xbox arcade library than I am with the Apple app store.

  • christodouluke

    It should make Nintendo nervous, if it’s any good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/philip.borshell Philip M Borshell

    Can’t wait!!

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    An X-Box Surface could really put a dent in apple’s success. if the X-Box surface is able to run the same games as the X-Box, apple will loose it’s mobile gamers and mobile gaming will change forever.