Microsoft said to be considering smaller Xbox to compete with Apple TV

By , Dec 30, 2015

Xbox One (teaser 009)

Microsoft is said to be once again looking to create a device that would go head-to-head with the Apple TV and similar products. Citing internal sources, veteran blogger Brad Sams reports (via Business Insider) that the company is considering plans for a “lightweight Xbox One.”

The smaller console would feature access to a variety of streaming services, and be capable of playing games from Microsoft’s Windows store. Sams believes the device, if it materializes, will launch in the second half of 2016 with a much lower price point than existing Xbox models.

As I said above, this isn’t the first time Microsoft has been rumored to be contemplating entering the lower end set-top box space. We have reports from as far back as 2012 calling for such a move, but the consensus is that the plans were put on hold to focus on the Xbox One.

So what’s different this time around? Well Microsoft is kind of in an interesting spot. By most accounts, it’s lost the console war to Sony’s PS4, and it now has Apple pushing further into the living room space with its new Apple TV. Maybe a cheaper set-top box makes more sense now.

What do you think?

Source: Petri IT via BI

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  • Franklin Richards

    Interesting. But it’ll just come and go like all the other set up boxes.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      The only problem is that Microsoft will create a mini box attached to their mini Xbox in the power cord.

      • FOB

        hahahahah so true

  • Taking the TV guts out of the Xbox One would be a good move. I know that, for certain providers, it can actually be used as a cable box, so some might find that compelling (especially since most cable boxes are garbage compared to the Apple TV or other devices). Since it can do cable and streaming, some people might be interested, as long as the base price is $150 or below.

    • Antzboogie

      It has to be able to play full XBoxOne games with full resolution. Like the Playstation TV which controls my PS4 from the internet and plays the Playstation 4 games without a problem as long as its a wired.

  • Eikast

    Sounds more like a competitor to Playststion TV than Apple TV.

    • Rowan09

      Exactly

  • Javan Denton

    Not going to turn out well. Just saying.

  • AnoNymouz

    They should worry about the graphics performance on the Xbox One. Sad how developers can’t easily utilize the full potential of the console due to this.

  • Antzboogie

    Good idea but if it cant play full XboxOne games its no good.

  • tim cook

    If it’s anything like the streaming from their apps on the console, it’s gonna suck. Just got my atv 4 and I the difference in quality of the streams are day and night.