The Verge has reported that Microsoft is building an inexpensive Windows 8-based set-top box.
According to multiple sources ’familiar with Redmond’s plans’ the ‘Xbox TV’ will offer the entertainment functions of the 360 console, focusing on media and TV streaming services, which would make it a direct competitor to the Apple TV as well as devices such as the Roku.
Allegedly set for release in 2013, the set-top box will not have the ability to play AAA titles such as Dishonored or Assassin’s Creed, but it will be able to run casual indie games. This seems to be an attempt to prove the Xbox brand can offer more than just games and can provide a product ideal for the livingroom and the whole family.
The rumours suggest that the box will be an ‘always-on’ device, featuring an option for a quick-boot up.
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