When Microsoft entered the console market, nobody really knew what they were going to do. Many people thought that they weren’t serious, and that it was all based on rumors. However, they released the Xbox to great applause, and spawned plenty of identifiable characters in the video game world. Examples include Master Chief from Halo and Marcus Fenix from Gears of War.
Now, it’s 2013 and Microsoft thinks it’s time to move on to better things. Among them is the release of a new Xbox. While it’s expected that they release a new console, it’s the thought of a new amazing console that is making headlines around the Internet – a Microsoft gaming tablet, called the Xbox Surface.
What is the Xbox Surface anyway? There’s no solid information about it, but the fact that the name is floating around the Internet is enough evidence the device will see the light of day.
As of now, it’s speculated that the Xbox Surface’s software will feature a stripped - down version of Windows 8, but not the same as the RT version. Its features include chatting with other players with your Windows account. That particular version of Windows 8 will focus solely on games. You’ll install your game and that’s it.
On the hardware side, the screen is speculated to be at 7.0 inches. This will keep costs down, thereby helping sales. A smaller screen will allow the use of a low resolution, but everything will still look HD. In terms of storage, it will come in SSD form, with either 128 or 256 GB as choices.
For the video card, it will be either from NVIDIA or AMD. The video card will most likely be a mid – tier laptop graphics card, providing good visuals without being too expensive. It will most likely have a video memory of 2 GB to support the latest games.
For the processor, it will most likely come with a high – end Intel Core i5 processor. However, it is also speculated that the Xbox Surface will use AMD’s APU series of processors. These processors have powerful integrated graphics, negating the use of a separate video card. This will save power and space. A third option will be to use ARM processors, but this is highly unlikely.
Nothing is set in stone right now when it comes to the Xbox Surface, and there are no solid pictures of the device yet. Because of this, Microsoft has no word about anything related to it. If it does become a reality, it will be released next year.
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