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Rumor: Xbox Surface- Microsoft's 7- inch gaming tablet

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Initial post: Nov 6, 2012, 8:34:22 AM PST

Microsoft is building its own 7-inch gaming tablet. Multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond have confirmed to The Verge that initial hardware planning for an Xbox Surface is underway. Specifications for an Xbox Surface 7-inch tablet computing device leaked back in June ahead of Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface Pro announcement. We're told that the initial specs were accurate and that the final implementation is being worked on.

The Xbox Surface will likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks. We're told these specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC and that the Xbox Surface is being developed independent of specific hardware architecture. Microsoft's Xbox Surface won't run a full version of Windows, rather this 7-inch tablet will run a custom Windows kernel. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming. SECRET HARDWARE,SECRET MANUFACTURING

Microsoft has developed a secret hardware production process for its Surface tablets that is separated from partners that traditionally manufacturer the company's Xbox console. We're told that the Xbox Surface will likely be manufactured in the same factory, but that any future "Xbox 720" console will be manufactured in mass quantities by companies like Pegatron or Foxconn.

We've learned that part of the Xbox Surface is being developed at Microsoft's offices in Silicon Valley. The software giant recently locked down several Xbox-related buildings, limiting employee access to the company's Interactive Entertainment Business division. The lock down is likely related to Microsoft's increased testing of the tablet, providing a way for other parts of the Xbox team to build games and software for the device. Providing the project doesn't get killed in favor of a full 7-inch Windows tablet, in the same way Microsoft axed Courier, expect to see the Xbox Surface debut ahead of Microsoft's future Xbox console.

We asked Microsoft for a comment on an 7-inch Xbox tablet, a company spokesperson says the firm does not comment or rumors or speculation.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012, 8:43:29 AM PST
mattfixit says:
oh look another new and interesting Exclusive.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012, 8:45:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012, 8:46:08 AM PST
I really wish Sony and Microsoft would stick with classic controllers for gaming. I don't want every thing to be tablet/motion based. Classic controllers work great for standard games.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 8:47:22 AM PST
Perhaps there will be some kind of controller, if this is even true.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 8:49:01 AM PST
The whole fun of the Wii was it was different. The same goes potentially for the U. If everybody does the exact samething nothing will be fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 8:49:06 AM PST
Kin-foot says:
The controller is you! Everything is better with Kinect!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 8:49:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012, 8:49:51 AM PST
Paper Tiger says:
Well it's probably safe to say you can use the 360 controller with this thing.

The number of tablets coming out is just overwhelming. I don't know how anyone can safely choose just one. I really like the Kindle Fire HD and Windows 8 Surface sounds good too.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 8:51:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012, 8:51:52 AM PST
I got an iPad 6 months ago, I am quite happy. Though it is overpriced.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 8:55:13 AM PST
Paper Tiger says:
Yea for many reasons, some logical and some not, I cannot bring myself to own an Apple product. I've yet to purchase anything made by them, not even an ipod. I hated the Mac computers we used at school so that doesn't help either.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 9:03:49 AM PST
I hate their computers, but love their iPod and iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:52:11 AM PST
You'd love a Maxi Pad if it had a touchscreen.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:53:00 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
The games will be fun.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:54:33 AM PST
7 inches is more than average.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012, 11:56:13 AM PST
It just sounds small compared to the one I have now.
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