Microsoft Looks to Add a Little Tablet to the Xbox Family
November 6, 2012 2:17 PM
comment(s) - last by
Is Ballmer eying market penetration with his 7-inch surprise?
Amazon.com, Inc. (
) vaulted itself into that tablet discussion overnight with its
7-inch Kindle Fire
tablet last holiday season. That in turn inspired Google Inc. (
Computer Inc. (
) to pop in a 7-incher of their own -- the
. Even Apple, Inc. (
) looked to
jump on the bandwagon
, although its iPad Mini offering
came up a bit short
thanks to a relatively meager screen resolution and hardware set.
Microsoft Corp. (
), as has often been the case recently, is arriving a bit late to the party. But
, CEO Steve Ballmer has big plans to penetrate this growing market, and in the process add a new member to the Xbox brand.
Like Google's Nexus brand, Microsoft offers a 10-inch tablet, and is rumored to be cooking up a 4-inch Surface smartphone up. That leaves one gaping hole in the lineup.
Microsoft's looks to fill that void with a high-end gaming device that supports current Xbox peripherals, sports a custom ARM processor, and uses high-bandwidth RAM. The device will run a custom Windows kernel.
A working title for the tablet is "Xbox Surface".
Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a "baby" Surface tablet.
Of course it isn't unthinkable to that Microsoft could abort the fledgling tablet. After all,
that's what it did
after conceiving and
incubating the Courier concept
for months. It would take Microsoft two years after the death of Courier to finally pop its first first-party tablet hardware out.
The new device may join the upcoming "
". But unlike the Xbox 720, which will likely be built by traditional Chinese third-party mass-manufacturers, the Xbox Surface may be built at the same secret facility as the original Surface. Microsoft has not disclosed the location of that lower-volume facility, but
suggest that Microsoft built its own small factory in China to keep a tighter grip on the production process.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
11/7/2012 8:03:44 AM
I'm sure a lot of console and PC gamers would scoff at touch screen gaming, but let's face it, the iPad has more games than mobile consoles have, and these include platformers, first person shooters, RPG, strategy and adventure games. In short, it's a lot closer to a PC in the variety of games available, and many of them are pretty good.
Ultimately, a tablet with a wireless display connection and wireless controller could function as both a decent home console and mobile console. This is practically around the corner, and I won't be surprised if an Xbox tablet provided such a feature. (Although I won't be surprised if it doesn't, since Microsoft can be conservative.)
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
ASUS's Wild Growth Continues in Tablet, Notebook Markets Bump Earnings 40%
October 30, 2012, 3:08 PM
Apple's Phil Schiller Defends iPad mini's $329 Starting Price
October 24, 2012, 1:30 PM
Apple Unveils 7.9" iPad mini, 16GB Model Starts at $329
October 23, 2012, 1:50 PM
$199 Google Nexus 7 Tablet Leaked Early, Built by ASUS
June 27, 2012, 12:39 PM
Microsoft Scrambles to Send Takedown Notices in Xbox 720 Secrets Leak
June 21, 2012, 3:33 PM
MSI's AMD Richland (A10)/Neptune (7/8xxxM) Gaming Notebooks Start at $1,299 USD
May 22, 2013, 3:15 PM
Apples Tries to Use Decade-Old Patents to Ban Samsung Galaxy S IV
May 22, 2013, 3:00 PM
Intel Shake-Up to Focus on Mobile, New Devices
May 22, 2013, 11:04 AM
Report: DISH CEO Makes Aggressive $2B USD Bid for LightSquared's Spectrum
May 20, 2013, 10:25 PM
Apple Releases Tim Cook's Testimony on Corporate Tax Laws
May 20, 2013, 7:40 PM
Apple's Tim Cook to Talk Profit Shifting, Taxes at U.S. Senate Hearing
May 20, 2013, 1:44 PM
Most Popular Articles
High School Student Creates Storage Device that Can Charge in 20 Seconds
May 20, 2013, 6:51 AM
Seawater Cooling Saves Data Center Big Bucks, Energy, Despite Jellyfish Issues
May 17, 2013, 3:23 PM
Newegg Legal Chief: "We don't Feed the Trolls"; Defeats Bell Lab Shell Comp.
May 17, 2013, 10:11 AM
Former Intel CEO Regrets Passing Up on iPhone Gravy Train
May 17, 2013, 11:46 AM
NASA Awards $125,000 Grant for 3D Printed Food on Long-Term Space Travels
May 21, 2013, 1:32 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Lumosity: Does it Work?
May 22, 2013, 8:20 PM
Quick Note: Sony "Teases" PS4 Ahead of Xbox Reveal in New Video
May 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
Nokia Introduces Instagram-Like App of Its Own to Help Lumia Sales
May 20, 2013, 7:10 AM
Parents of Pre-Teen Drivers Commonly Practice Distracted Driving Says Study
May 9, 2013, 7:16 AM
Apple's iOS 7 Running Into Internal Delays Due to Massive Overhaul
May 1, 2013, 4:26 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information