Microsoft is said to be working on 7-inch Xbox Surface gaming tablet

Microsoft is said to be working on 7-inch Xbox Surface gaming tablet
After the 10.6-inch Surface launched paving the way for Microsoft’s entry in tablets, the company is now said to be building a 7-inch gaming tablet named the Xbox Surface. Moreover, the hardware is in its final stages, and specs should concur with earlier leaks from June.

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: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Possible yet highly suspect since they have such stronger connections with xbox in Windows 8. Why would they limit that?

14. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 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: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

PowerVR SGX544MP4 would be a better choice.

31. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Is that the one in the ipad 4?

23. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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: Jul 05, 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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Hey, why not? There might be a fairly large niche market for this.

4. kweldude101

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

competitive pricing would make this even better

9. So-Sayz-Eye

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Lets hope for $250 price tag and possibly hackable OS.

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Yes they need to lose the Live Subscription in heavy hwy traffic.

16. VirtueParadoxx

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 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: 7; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 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: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Please make the hardware by Nokia. I miss the N-guage

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

"I miss the N-Gage." -No One, Ever

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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: Oct 23, 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: 7; Member since: Oct 31, 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: Oct 23, 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: Oct 13, 2012 Not sure about the rpms, but the form factor is there... and its a 1tb.

32. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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: May 16, 2012

This sounds great but I'd prefer they throw their resources towards more games for WP8.

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This could be a killer. So much that if good enough, it could kill the Xbox 720 too

21. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

maybe it IS the 720 :p

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