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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:57 AM   #1
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Microsoft Working on Gaming-Focused 'Xbox Surface' 7-Inch Tablet




Just as Apple's iPad mini joins the market of smaller tablets with displays of 7-8 inches, The Verge reports that Microsoft is preparing to launch its own 7-inch tablet. Interestingly, rather than simply being a smaller version of its just-launched 10-inch Surface tablet, the forthcoming "Xbox Surface" tablet will be a gaming-focused device running a scaled down version of Windows.

Alleged specs for the device leaked back in June, and The Verge now says that the leak was indeed accurate at the time, although the company's plans have continued to evolve.
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The Xbox Surface will likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks. 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.
Microsoft is said to be operating in strict secrecy on the Xbox Surface project, locking down several buildings on its campus as it apparently brings teams on to develop games and other software for the device. Microsoft is said to also be planning for production of the device to take place at the same dedicated facilities being used for the larger Surface rather than using traditional contract assembly companies like Pegatron or Foxconn.

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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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Xbox U?
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Microsoft? are they still around?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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Microsoft? are they still around?
MS is starting to make a push. And putting out some quality products.

I will not be surprised to see more of them in the near future.
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Microsoft? are they still around?
Yes they sell millions of products every year and a massive company.
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Yep, only the biggest software company in the world.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:01 AM   #7
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Xbox U?
That was my first thought. They probably want to integrate it with the next version of xbox to compete with wii U's small screen cohort, much like sony did with their Playstation move after the wiimote came out.
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Can't blame them for using the old one.
The new one is meh

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Still can't believe that someone was payed to come up with that generic bit of twaddle.
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Exactly what I was going to post. Thanks!
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Exactly what I was going to post. Thanks!
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 02:20 PM   #13
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Xbox U?
That is exactly my first thought. Poor Nintendo, always being everyone to the punch (motion control, tablet control) but ultimately losing the fight be they grossly under power their hardware.

But I tell you what the proposition that in future xbox incarnations Microsoft could empower any tablet running windows 8 to suddenly become a 2nd or third controller is quit intriguing.
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That is exactly my first thought. Poor Nintendo, always being everyone to the punch (motion control, tablet control) but ultimately losing the fight be they grossly under power their hardware.
The Wii has more sales then both the PS3 and Xbox lol.

Nintendo knows what they are doing.
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The Wii has more sales then both the PS3 and Xbox lol.

Nintendo knows what they are doing.
I am well aware of the sales numbers but the Wii is a distant memory while Xbox and PS3 sales have steadily increased because they built longevity into their hardware and have massive communities of online gamers.
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Well this is out of left field.. What's going on in Redmond?
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Well this is out of left field.. What's going on in Redmond?
portable xbox that plays actual xbox games... lol eat you heart out sony with you r lame dead PSP VITA
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That's their old logo

get with the program.
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Could this usher in new era in gaming?

...or just be a big flop?
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Anything to do with Xbox is worth reading. Microsoft has a gold mine and imo the best console on the market.

Edit: lol ***** I forgot whenever the words "best console" and "Xbox" are in the same sentence PS3 owners go into an instant rage xD
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Anything to do with Xbox is worth reading. Microsoft has a gold mine and imo the best console on the market.
HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

Thanks for the laugh
Why are you laughing? Xbox is the one thing MS has gone absolutely right. It makes a ton of money for MS, generates more revenue than competing consoles, and has such a good UI that (like Metro or not) inspired the UI for all other MS OSs.
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I think you meant to say "money pit."
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Anything to do with Xbox is worth reading. Microsoft has a gold mine and imo the best console on the market.
I was under the impression that the PS3 is the best console, but because so many people have the 360, the Xbox is the better machine to get if you want to play online with friends.
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