Microsoft is rumoured to be creating an Xbox ‘set-top box’, a device that is essentially a low cost alternative to the full Xbox console. The set-top box is aimed at increasing the amount of Microsoft technology in the living room, as well as offering casual users something other than a full Xbox console.
The set-top box is said to fall part of Microsoft’s new strategy for next-generation Xbox hardware. While the details on the plan for next year are under wraps, information, almost always, leaks to the public. The official announcement for the plans will be unveiled in 2013, however.
That aside, it is said that the set-top box will run on Windows 8, where it will support mere casual gaming titles and not full games which one can play on a full Xbox console. While the hardware specifications aren’t known just yet, it is presumed that Microsoft will use an ‘always-on’ system which can boot quickly and offer quick access to TV and other devices.
Microsoft’s set-top box will also help towards adding information to the development of the, new, upcoming Xbox console which is expected to offer very wide cross-platform connectivity.
In essence, the Microsoft set-top box is expected to be similar to an Apple TV, however it will be a bit more, as it has the ability to play casual games, and the like.