Could the so-called Xbox Surface actually be the next Xboxby Webblove Sonja Welcome to my space
Microsoft has already made it known in clear terms that the company is here
to stay in the hardware business. This combined with the fact that the Surface
line is already a reality.According to the June Verge story, which included a
purportedly leaked “partial” tech-spec sheet, Xbox Surface would be a standalone
7-inch gaming tablet with an ARM-processor, 288 MB of memory and a 1280 x 720
resolution display, all paired with a base station that would stream content
wirelessly, invoking comparisons to Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U.
Microsoft's lacklustre attempt at Besten Android Tablet PC infidelity doesn't help Intel in its efforts to gain a foothold in the mobile world. Intel's perennial efforts to break into the mobile market with lower power, lower cost x86 chips have, also perennially, failed. As a result, there is renewed speculation about a rapprochement between Intel and Apple, that the Santa Clara microprocessor giant could become an ardent (and high-volume) ARM system-on-chip foundry.
Another device rumored to be in the making is a smaller Surface RT 2 device with an 8.9 inch display. This could be to take on the budget tablet segment. Word on the street is that a Surface Pro version with an 11.6 inch display could also be in the making.
The Verge wondered whether Xbox Surface would be part of Microsoft’s big June surprise. It wasn’t, and with Surface officially the story, the idea of a separate gaming tablet sounded implausible.
But not impossible, and The Verge is once more claiming that “multiple sources” are confirming an android 4.0 tablet pc Surface gaming tablet is still in the offing, that the tablet will run a pared down version of Windows, that the original spec sheet for the tablet and base station was accurate, and that work on “the final implementation” is underway.
As for the chips powering the Surface line of tablets, rumors point out that Microsoft is looking to expand to Qualcomm chips as well, apart from NVIDIA for the Surface RT line, while future Surface Pro devices could be seen running AMD chips instead of Intel processors that the current Surface Pro devices are based on.
Inside that base station, according to the document: dual 7 Zoll Android Tablet PC processors, 5 GB of memory, a 250 GB hard drive, a custom AMD graphics processor, an Ethernet port, HDMI and component video, four USB ports, optical audio and support for up to four wireless game controllers. All that, and you’d be able to output video from the base station at up to 1440p, or 2640 x 1440 pixels — higher than standard 720p or 1080p HDTVs as well as most mid-sized desktop computer monitors topping out at 1920 x 1200.
Was this actually the next big gaming idea from Microsoft? Could the so-called Xbox Surface actually be the next Xbox?
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