Microsoft Casual Xbox “Set-Top Box” Due in 2013
According to The Verge, Microsoft is building an Xbox set-top box, a low-cost alternative to its Xbox console, designed to provide access to core entertainment services.
The set-top box is allegedly part of a two-SKU strategy for Microsoft’s next-generation of Xbox hardware that will be unveiled in 2013. The device, set to release ahead of the holiday shopping season, will run on the core components of Windows 8 and support casual gaming titles rather than “full” Xbox games. The Xbox set-top box is said to be part of Microsoft’s broader effort to ensure its core architecture for the next-generation Xbox is scalable enough to run on a number of devices.