Microsoft is said to be working on 7-inch Xbox Surface gaming tablet
The rumor is that the 7-inch Xbox Surface will feature a custom-built ARM processor, and a high-bandwidth RAM specifically chosen for games.
However the Xbox Surface is allegedly being developed neutral to the hardware, and it could also be powered by an Intel chip.
Don’t expect this to run full Windows. Instead, you are likely to get a custom kernel. It is not perfectly clear whether this would be a general-purpose device like the iPad mini, but it seems that while it may support messaging and other features, the gaming focus will be noticeable all around.
Manufacturing is happening in facilities where Microsoft is already building other products, but under higher secrecy. Some of the development is allegedly happening at Microsoft’s US offices.
Finally, if the Xbox Surface does indeed make it to mass production, you should expect to see it right before the launch of a new Xbox console.
source: The Verge
1. speckledapple (Posts: 885; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Possible yet highly suspect since they have such stronger connections with xbox in Windows 8. Why would they limit that?
14. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
They must remember that they can't use Tegra 3 for a tablet aimed at gaming. An S4 pro with its adreno 320 graphics.
28. r41nier (Posts: 68; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
PowerVR SGX544MP4 would be a better choice.
23. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1115; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I dont know how they're going to pull it off since the games are demanding and a 7 inch screen really isnt ideal for a game...but it is exciting to see MS try hard at innovation!
25. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I think as far as gaming tablets go, 7 inches is probably the best size. Anything larger is too big for a mobile gaming device (in terms of weight, at least), and anything smaller doesn't give enough room for the game and buttons.
Then again, I don't think a tablet is an ideal gaming device. For the next few years, at least, physical buttons are much better for gaming (if we're talking about Skyrim, Portal, etc. style gaming, and not Angry Birds). I'd love to be proven wrong on this soon.
30. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
I dont see tablets replacing my PS3 anytime soon... but the idea is still a very nice one
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3095; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Microsoft just began mass producing mini-gadgets and they're starting to make bold moves. Not bad...but would still like to see it live finished product in action.
3. snowgator (Posts: 3342; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Hey, why not? There might be a fairly large niche market for this.
4. kweldude101 (Posts: 9; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
competitive pricing would make this even better
9. So-Sayz-Eye (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Lets hope for $250 price tag and possibly hackable OS.
5. McLTE (Posts: 724; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
as long as you aren't required to have online connectivity to play games.. bring it!
My kid would LOVE this for travel.. at swim meets.. etc.. If you are required to have an internet connection to play games though.. this will FAIL.. and hard.
7. pookiewood (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
Yes they need to lose the Live Subscription in heavy hwy traffic.
16. VirtueParadoxx (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
You pay for live to get premium service, Ever notice they dont ever fix anything on play station until they get a new update, or how they got shut down by a group of hackers, but the most that happened on xbox was they got an advertisement on call of duty, Yeah you pay for the best and thats what you get.
19. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
That was just the stupidity of playstation leaving PS3 unsecured hooked up in their lobby headquarters.. Someone from IT surely got fired due to this.
20. downphoenix (Posts: 2563; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Completely bogus. Microsoft's network isnt any more secure than Sony's (now anyway, it may have been prior to the whole fiasco), its just that the hackers targetted Sony specifically due to a change in policy to discable linux installations then when Geohot circumvented this they pressed legal action against him. Sony wasn't hacked based on the security or lack thereof but based on a personal vendetta Anon had against them due to attacking one of their own.
And for Live Gold, you pay your $50-60 a year, and they still want to plaster ads on your dashboard. Usually when you pay for something, you dont get ads. Xbox, you do.
36. pookiewood (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
I've never owned 1 Sony console. I'm more of a MS/Nintendo guy. I paid for live for 2 years. When they started adding the apps and kept requiring the pay way in order to access them it made me a little upset and felt like they were scamming their customers. I thought i would join live again for Borderlands 2 but it's on PC. Why pay for live just to play it online? The premium service you speak is just MS smoke and mirrors and like I said I'm a MS fan, I own a Windows Phone and I'm waiting on my Lumia 920, I own a Zune HD with subscription that I use daily and I want a Surface tablet. If everyone stopped paying for LIve like I did they would have no choice but to make it free. Why pay for Netflix and Live? Why pay for a few $60 games a year and pay for live?
15. VirtueParadoxx (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
Highly doubting the fact that this will fail if you need an internet connection , It only makes sense, its centered around xbox, and for the true xbox experience you need internet. I'm not doubting that it'll have some free games but for the best experience it'll require internet "Downloading, Sharing, Multiplayer ect", But hey this is why we have hot spots on our phones, and also data plans that can typically be coupled with tablets.
6. pookiewood (Posts: 629; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
YES PLEASE!! I think my decision is correct. Lumia 920 this year, Surface next. Even better for a 7 incher! I want a Windows 8 RT tablet that is 7". The Playbook is so nice but imagine if it ran Windows RT?
8. Johnnokia (Posts: 619; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Please make the hardware by Nokia.
I miss the N-guage
10. tigermcm (Posts: 807; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
wow um if this is true it will be the end of Nintendo and Sony will have to come out with something to compete
13. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Funniest comment yet, how the hell would a tablet end Nintendo or Sony? Nintendo already has portables that fit in your pocket, Sony has Vita which isn't much but it's something.
MS look like they are over reaching and this might bite them in the ass, make some in-road and get settled a bit first. Surface Rt landed to lukewarm reception, windows phone 8 well we see how that is going. Now they are doing a 7" gaming tablet, sounds rather potent but with a 1280x720 screen what the hell are these idiots thinking? It is supposed to house a 250GB storage drive, not flash either it's a physical drive(how much is this thing going to weigh?). This is going to be one hefty device and for gaming none the less, I can't see it going very far, too big to be practical for gaming on the go, my guess it's going to be use as a tablet type interface for the next Xbox as a way to combat the Wii U tablet controller all in one interface.
Doom sayers are always going on about something or the other.
17. VirtueParadoxx (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)
Oh yeah because a physical drive with a large amount of storage automatically means huge, yeah you sound like an idiot, Look at some of the portable drives now or days and what do you see? extremely miniscule, more than half of them with 320 storage can fit in the palm of you're hand and they are out-dated, where are you mentally in the 70's?, Everything is constantly shifting now or days, Gaming hard drives have been shrinking for quite some time now if you haven't noticed look at hard drives from 2 years ago and look at them now, look at the Wii-u with its storage capacity and its size, and a tablet wouldn't need half the things put into it to function. To big for gaming on the go? yeah because 7 inches is definitely to large for a tablet, and whos to say it won't support bluetooth in which case controllers can be easily sinc to the device, and i highly doubt the new xbox will drop the use of a true controller, if anything we will see a newer model of it and the so called kinect 2.0 which is supposed to be intergrated into the new console.
22. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Right, find me a tiny physical drive running at 10,000 rpm that you can put in a consumer device. Who is the idiot now? Anyway this information is a bit too good to be true. Seems like the tablet will have an IBM Power PC processor, no specifics were given to what it with be in terms of raw numbers.
Idiot, Wii drive is flash, just like on all the cell phones we use, I said the drive is supposed to be physical hence the speed listed. Who the hell walks around with a 7" tablet to play games? You don a man bag and carry your 7" "Pro gaming" pad in it?
Some calling attention to a fire that there wasn't. sheesh MS cronies are ridiculous. Bluetooth, wtf are you talking about, where did I mention bluetooth or anything of the sort? I said physical drive, low resolution screen. This all screams rumor as the specs for the physical drive is too high.
I didn't sort out the data, it's actually two devices
24. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Not sure about the rpms, but the form factor is there... and its a 1tb.
32. tigermcm (Posts: 807; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
have you heard of the Wii U? I guess you havent because thats what I'm talking about. Nintendo already said Ipad is taking away from their portable gaming sales. I also did not say it would be the end of Sony so who has the funniest comment now? How smart are you to compare a tablet to a gameboy.......seriously?
11. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)
This sounds great but I'd prefer they throw their resources towards more games for WP8.
18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
This could be a killer.
So much that if good enough, it could kill the Xbox 720 too
26. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
The same way that the iPhone and Android killed consoles? Or the same way that consoles killed the PC? We're still gonna get the 720, and that's not going to change because of a tablet. I'm excited about the device, but lets be realistic.
33. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Lol what are you talking about?!?
A ) this tablet shouldn't run phone based games.
It should bring hardware gaming controls and run Xbox games
B) if powerful enough and also running windows, such tablet could COMPLETELY replace consoles, and then some
You want to play your games on a big TV, with an Xbox controller?
Well, imagine a device that's connected to that TV and controller.
It's a sleek, light, small console, just with a 7 inch touchscreen, full blown OS and hardware controls, that can be used for standalone gaming also
THAT is what your Xbox 720 should look like if you ask me.
Why to make a static piece of boxy hardware when you can have this?
The standard concept of a console is incredibly obsolete. A complete needless limitation.
35. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Because that "static piece of boxy hardware" is considered more than a gaming console these days. The next gen xbox will be used for more than just games, and streaming digital media. How about watching Blu-Ray & DVD movies? How about hooking up portable media and browsing its content (without having to disconnect other usb based devices to open up the port)? While I think there will be a place for this device, I don't believe that it will be an absolute replacement for the console. A 7" tablet will be devoid of a disc drive, will have a limited amount of ports, and will be more limited on processing/graphics power. Going off of your reasoning, the desktop pc should have been killed by the laptop years ago.
27. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
It would be great if you could play XBOX games on the tablet with other players who are on their TVs....
29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6900; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
This is going to be a interesting E3 13' next June. Nintendo already have one. you can already use your XPERIA tablet on the PS3 now its MS turn
34. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
oh gosh!! would love to see this!!
but still wanting a windows RT on a 8-9" tablet size for portability! :) 10.6" surface is just too tall!