Microsoft Secretly Developing 7-inch 'Xbox Surface' Tablet for Gamers

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Paper Jam

One thing about it. Love or hate Microsoft's new strategy, you have to admit their courage for going all in. I personally am not fond of the new interface, having tried the prerelease on my desktop and using a form of it on my Xbox. But after having sit back these past few years and letting the mobile market pass them by, Microsoft has to differentiate from Google and Apple. This unified approach across platforms is definitely different, and a potential advantage that their competition doesn't have. I think the impending post-PC era is a myth, but the evolution of the PC is demanding that it become much more modular. The ability to access content across multiple platforms is key to any tech company's survival, and giving people a cohesive environment makes your ecosystem more appealing to anyone looking to learn one way to get it done. To borrow from Apple, people just want it to work. Now the question is will it work. Or is the change so drastic that consumers won't embrace it. If forums like this are any indication,a lot of people don't like change, especially when what they already have is still working. As for me, I like Win7 on my desktop and laptop, and I like Android on my phone. I have Android on my tablet, but I MAY be willing to give Surface a look. But probably not, that Metro/Modern/Widows 8/WP8/Xbox Dashboard interface is just ugly to me.

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lordfirefox

So Microsoft is finally making a portable "console".

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devin3627

what would be the point of running windows? i thought about it.

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vrmlbasic

This tablet stands a good chance of being able to outperform the old, clunky Xbox 360. It should almost be a given that it'll have vastly reduced load times and it might actually, fingers crossed, be able to truly drive a 1920*1080 display without low framerates and upscaling tricks that look like crap (see Borderlands 2 :( ).

Of course, not if they use any sort of Intel graphics solution.

To echo other posters in here: How do you control the games on it? I just can't picture playing Borderlands 2, or most any other XBox game, on it without a physical, discreet controller.

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Refuge88

I don't see how it would be difficult to have a wireless xbox controller for it. Worst case scenario is they have a custom attachment so that it can transmit to it, and that wouldn't be large if it was required.

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Rooke

But will it play Crysis 2?

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eday_2010

Who cares?

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kuebel33

Microsoft already said they are changing their branding to revolve around Xbox and that it won't necessarily mean the gaming console anymore. XBox Music, XBox videos etc.

Looks to me like it's just a tablet branded Xbox, similar to how Sony has Playstation TV's now..

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pratikrawankar

peoples on mobile-gaming are causual gamers

they generally dont need special device to carry with them 24/7
it will be bad for them bz ipad+win 8 phone+android are more than sufficient for them

ms will sure fail here

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Ashton2091

With it being built on the Windows kernel (as is the XBox), it sounds like it would provide a authentic XBox experience. Assuming they execute it right. It doesn't sound like a casual gaming platform (angry birds). I see it in the PSP and PSP Vita class. Exclusive Xbox titles and such. Again, IF it's executed right.

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Nixon

That would be awesome if it's executed right. I wouldn't playing some games on it.
It would be even more awesome if I could get a emulator to run some of my DS/GBA/NES games on it to. Doubt the kernel would allow anything like that.

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TommM

I don't get the point of this. What niche are they trying to fill? You can already game on every other platform out there - why bring something new into the mix? Who is their target audience?

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BernardBlack

They aren't filling a niche, they are protecting an investment. It's no secret that console gaming is threatened by mobile devices. This is actually very smart and protects them, should consoles eventually die. There's been many articles about how more people are gaming mobile each day.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Sure. Play Dishonored on your iPhone. I'm sure it's fucking sick.

Mobile devices are competition for mobile devices, not consoles.

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Paper Jam

But what if you could plug your mobile device into a 10 foot interface, wired or wireless, and connect a wireless controller to it? I'm sure the next generation of consoles will be a drastic (and needed) improvement over the current gen, but right now smartphones have as much or more power than this current generation. Idk if this is even part of the plan, but it would be interesting if it were. Play games on your flat screen at home and on your tablet on the go. And hijack someone else's screen in between.

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Ashton2091

Agreed

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Nixon

I'm sort of confused... Will it have it's own exclusive games, or is it just another tablet to play Angry Birds and Farmville on? I see no way of playing xbox games on here without a controller.... So it has to have its own titles, right? o.O

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wolfing

doesn't make sense. There was a time where portable gaming devices made sense (up to the PSP/Nintendo DS era), but now their niche has been eaten up by smartphones and tablets. Making a proprietary system for portable gaming is not a good idea nowadays imho.

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NayusDante

This has been rumored FOREVER. Remember "Origami?"

http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/24/microsofts-origami-project/

Before WinRT, before WP7, before iPad, Microsoft was rumored to be working on a new kind of portable. It wasn't a great idea then, and I still don't really get it.

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USraging

hmmm.... they really have to put a curve ball on this to sell it, considering all the tablets and smart phones along with samsung galaxy s III and the new note II. these have some kick. i currently have the S3 quad core edition that supports 1080p resolution.

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