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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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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:00 AM   #3
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Well this is out of left field.. What's going on in Redmond?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:00 AM   #4
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That's their old logo

get with the program.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:00 AM   #5
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Microsoft? are they still around?
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:00 AM   #6
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Could this usher in new era in gaming?

...or just be a big flop?
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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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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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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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Too much fragmenting in their line. Windows RT, Windows 8, now another Windows tablet that's just a game machine? Makes no sense.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:03 AM   #10
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Newer Microsoft logo for article:
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:03 AM   #11
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Sound like Queen Victoria trying to get a dress from GAP.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:04 AM   #12
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I think, it is a great idea

I think, it is a great idea ~
for kids even general ~
Only issue, how they will prepare the contents ~
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Too much fragmenting in their line. Windows RT, Windows 8, now another Windows tablet that's just a game machine? Makes no sense.
agreed, this should run RT or be usable with Office at least.
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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!

Thanks for the laugh
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Way to innovate, Redmond! LOL!
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That might be sick.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:07 AM   #17
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samsung s4 news

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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:07 AM   #18
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More good news for Microsoft's "hardware partners." *cough*
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Too much fragmenting in their line. Windows RT, Windows 8, now another Windows tablet that's just a game machine? Makes no sense.
Not sure if that's really fragmentation. I could be wrong, but I am assuming they will all run windows 8 apps.
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Microsoft has a gold mine
I think you meant to say "money pit."
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Could be an interesting idea for Microsoft. Tablets certainly are hurting the PSP and Nintendo DS lineups, Apple has yet to really fully embrace gaming on the iPad. Gaming is just an after effect of how big of a market the iPad has.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 10:13 AM   #23
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In many ways, they already have.

I saw an advert the other day that was advertising Xbox. Not a single console was featured in it. Instead it was:

Here's surface,
and here is also a surface,
oh and over there, a surface,
surface,
final screen xbox
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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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wtf does this have to do with Mac?
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