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RUMOUR: Will The Next-Gen Xbox Be Tablet-Based?

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Jonathan Lester
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Microsoft, Tablet, Windows 8, Xbox

RUMOUR: Will The Next-Gen Xbox Be Tablet-Based?

Or Include Windows 8 Tablet Connectivity

Gamespot have captured today's headlines by running a sensational rumour that the next-generation Xbox, tipped for a CES teaser tomorrow morning, will feature a tablet as a core component. No, really. Gamespot theorise that the console itself could even be a tablet PC, which can be attached to a docking station connected to your TV. Since the rumour is essentially an amalgam of separate theories and presented in a speculative 2012 article, it's worth viewing this one with a healthy degree of cynicism for the time being.

As far as we're concerned, it's more likely that the next Xbox will be compatible with tablets running Windows 8, much in the same way as Windows 7 phones can be synced with the Xbox 360. Considering the Metro UI design features finger-friendly icons and sliding screens, it'd be a no-brainer. Stranger things have happened, though, and we'll keep an eye on CES for the latest announcements.

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DivideByZero  Jan. 9, 2012 at 13:54

Eurgh, not news Gamespot.

Microsoft have accounced about full integration across ALL devices with Windows 8. The hope is to give you are seemless experience with MS. The idea is your phone / tablet / PC (etc.) all have the same profile and all sync together. This, with the fact that the 360 has adopted the Metro theme means that it doesn't take much of a jump to get to what they rumoured.

I think there may well be a tablet version, but I doubt you will be playing Rage, BF3 and anything amazing on it. Expect Angry Birds and Mine sweeper - after all, that is all the tablets have power to run.

phil16  Jan. 9, 2012 at 15:05

I agree with DivideByZero. Microsoft are desperate to be Apple at the moment and ensure all Microsoft products appear, look and behave exactly the same (The Metro UI which I hate). I'm sure microsoft will make a tile for Windows 8 that gives its tablets an xbox 'area' - like sony have on their tablets for playstation but they wouldn't make a console from a tablet. It would make the cost sky high - Just look at the Wii U!

Tsung  Jan. 9, 2012 at 15:39

Indeed, however, Microsoft needs to sort out their single sign in policy or it will fail. If I sign into a games for windows live game on my pc, it will sign me out of my Xbox (if it's switched on). Apparently I cannot possibly be using 2 devices at once (I can easily do this).

Also I need a way to merge Microsoft accounts together as I now have 2 or 3 (to get around the issue above). Sadly this is not possible at the moment (unless m$ has changed it's policy recently).

Finally don't ever think you can change country as Microsoft pretty much blocks that, you change country you buy new devices that is the Microsoft law.

I think Microsoft needs a new man in charge, Steve Ballmer is simply not cool or with it. :/

DivideByZero  Jan. 9, 2012 at 15:52

What do you mean Stevey B's not cool?

Steve at his best!

I do honestly think MS will be addressing a lot of these issues so they can compete with Apple. But you have to compare them to like Steam - you can only sign in on one PC at a time. Not sure if you can run PS3 and PC as I have not used Steam on the PS3 yet... but I doubt it.

Tsung  Jan. 9, 2012 at 16:01

LOL I take your video and raise you ( this ).

Anyways it's two different platforms, far be it for me to be signed into my Xbox and downloading a game/film/demo whilst signed into my PC and playing something else whilst I wait.

I think even difference services count ( I might be wrong ) so sign into MSN on my PC to chat to someone signs me out of the Xbox.

DivideByZero  Jan. 9, 2012 at 16:09

MSN Messenger works on multipul devices for sure, but yeah. In this day and age, who doesn't have 2 PCs and a server, 2 Xbox 360s and a bunch of other tech under their TV?

I mean who Microsoft?

AudioSurf

Easy to fix, allow 2 people signed in from the same public IP. 2 is fair... one is lame at times.

MattGardner  Jan. 10, 2012 at 00:55

Indeed, however, Microsoft needs to sort out their single sign in policy or it will fail. If I sign into a games for windows live game on my pc, it will sign me out of my Xbox (if it's switched on). Apparently I cannot possibly be using 2 devices at once (I can easily do this).

Also I need a way to merge Microsoft accounts together as I now have 2 or 3 (to get around the issue above).


Agreed. It **** me off that I can sync four email accounts together, but Xbox.com will only recognise the one. The sign-in fiasco is a nightmare.

DivideByZero  Jan. 10, 2012 at 12:34

Well, after all that there was nothing announced at CES yesterday.

Thanks Steve.

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