More rumors of upcoming Xbox TV set-top box reported


Earlier this year, The Daily reported Microsoft was working on an entertainment set-top box featuring Kinect.

A new report has been released stating Microsoft is working on a set-top box version of its popular Xbox gaming console, corroborating previous reports that were similar in nature.

According to a report from Tom Warren of The Verge, the Xbox set-top box, which he refers to as "Xbox TV," will be able to play casual games and stream video and audio. The set-top box will run "the core components of Windows 8," Warren writes, and will feature a low-power chipset that would allow the device to essentially always be on and boot up quickly to "provide near-instant access to TV and entertainment services."

In addition to the set-top box, Warren states Microsoft is working on making its next-generation Xbox architecture scalable so it can work on a variety of devices, such as the recently rumored Xbox Surface tablet. Another aspect of that scalability Microsoft is working on, Warren says, is getting the full range of Xbox Live services available on a phone.

Microsoft is expected to announce the next version of Xbox hardware – including Xbox TV – sometime next year, likely before or during E3 in June. Warren states the consoles would be released before the holiday shopping season that year.

Warren's report is nearly identical to one released a little more than a year ago by Microsoft insider MS nerd. In that report, MS nerd stated Microsoft was working on a cheaper Xbox console that would run on an ARM platform. Unlike Warren's report, however, MS nerd said the new console, which he claimed was codenamed "Loop," would run a modified version of the Windows 9 core.

A later report by The Daily substantiated those rumors. In January, that outlet said Microsoft was working on a set-top box that would include Kinect and support streaming-based entertainment apps such as Netflix and ESPN.

In a statement to The Verge, Microsoft said, "We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention."

Source: The Verge | Image via The Daily

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MKV is only used to pirate TV shows. I have never seen any legitimate use for it otherwise. It is a best of class format, but it will never be supported by a hardware maker that wants to use content delivery as a major plank in their sales strategy. I really love MKV but it creates no monetary plus for anyone except the outsider device like boxee or the nexus q with xbmc. So everyone can stop imagining it functioning on an xbox.

Brian Burke said,
MKV is only used to pirate TV shows. I have never seen any legitimate use for it otherwise. It is a best of class format, but it will never be supported by a hardware maker that wants to use content delivery as a major plank in their sales strategy. I really love MKV but it creates no monetary plus for anyone except the outsider device like boxee or the nexus q with xbmc. So everyone can stop imagining it functioning on an xbox.

What the hell are you saying? My TV bought 3-4 years ago supports the MKV container and x264 just fine.

Brian Burke said,
... So everyone can stop imagining it functioning on an xbox.

That's fine. Microsoft can stop imaging I'll buy an xbox STB so.

XBMC FTW

If they don't put TV Tuners in it, or give you the option to add it on... It's not worth it to me! They better function as DVRs as well as all these apps/streaming stuff!!!!

In my opinion, it would need an upgrade path to full Xbox 360-ish specs to be viable.
I could imagine something similar to Roku. It could run Win8 RT and have expansion connectors or a dock to a platform that contains proper gaming hardware.

Unless it comes with actual codec and media playback support, it wont really be that successful
I used to use the xbox 360 for media playback for years, poor system player design and lack of key codec support made it annoying to use.

They might able to get some gamers to pay the gold fee as it's the only way to play online on Xbox but there is not a chance in hell that will work with other consumers.

as the failure of google tv and apple tv show, these set top boxes don't work out. only a game console stands a chance because people buy it for other reasons and can use it for other things. ultimately google tv failed precisely because nobody really cares enough to pay a dime for what it does.

Not if they include cable and satellite TV service. I would love to replace my rented cable boxes with a box like that similar to the Ceton Echo but with Smartglass integration.

None of them stand any chance as the hardware and software needed will be integreated directly into the TVs in the next 10 years. It's already happening smart tv is the new buzz word.

Gungel said,
Not if they include cable and satellite TV service. I would love to replace my rented cable boxes with a box like that similar to the Ceton Echo but with Smartglass integration.

Agreed. I'd love to see this replace my DirectTv box. And I agree also that a games console really is the only thing that has a chance of making it into the Living Room.

If this is the replacement for Media Center... then I welcome it. I LOVE media center, but if I can get a standalone set-top box that will perhaps record to a NAS device, then that's what I want!

Of course, I need it to have CableCard to really make it worth my while... so hopefully the demise of Media Center was not premature but planned, and because XBox is steppign in to fill the void. Much as I like the idea of a Boxee or Roku, I still need regular cable and probably will for the foreseeable future.

Shyatic said,
If this is the replacement for Media Center... then I welcome it. I LOVE media center, but if I can get a standalone set-top box that will perhaps record to a NAS device, then that's what I want!

Of course, I need it to have CableCard to really make it worth my while... so hopefully the demise of Media Center was not premature but planned, and because XBox is steppign in to fill the void. Much as I like the idea of a Boxee or Roku, I still need regular cable and probably will for the foreseeable future.

I would count on being disappointed in this, then.
Microsoft's TV strategy is consfusing at best.

Between Mediaroom, Xbox, and the STB software used by Cablecos, MS are really trying to cover all bases until a true winning strategy emerges.
Their agreements with Cable and IPTV providers have stifled Media Center.
Sattelite providers didn't jump on board Media Center like they promised.


IF this new lite box becomes the defacto standard STB for their cable/IPTV partners, reducing those companies reliance on Motorola, then I could see it doing well.

I do not believe it should be sold to end consumers though.

Don't put your expectations too high.
This is likely to be an Apple TV style device. Nothing more.

And this would be an excellent idea since their ecosystem is missing a very low-cost device that could become a "PlayTo" target.

And if Microsoft continues with the "Apple Pricing Strategy" matching, you can bet it will be sold for 99$.

Shyatic said,
If this is the replacement for Media Center... then I welcome it. I LOVE media center, but if I can get a standalone set-top box that will perhaps record to a NAS device, then that's what I want!

Of course, I need it to have CableCard to really make it worth my while... so hopefully the demise of Media Center was not premature but planned, and because XBox is steppign in to fill the void. Much as I like the idea of a Boxee or Roku, I still need regular cable and probably will for the foreseeable future.

You will never be able to record to NAS from any Windows based computer with cable labs in the picture. You will have to go with a physical internal HDD's. I love my HD home run prime, it would be fantastic to have centralized storage without having to have a computer turned on but it is not going to happen. We will just have to settle on using a big fat rig with hard drives in it for storage medium.