XBOX More Windows than Console
By now you're probably aware that May 21st is a big day for Microsoft. That's when we'll hopefully get some details about the next generation Xbox. Of course if it's anything like the PS4 announcement, we'll just see a bunch of game demos.
That and at some point somebody's arms flailing about in front of a Kinect sensor.
EA, the game publishing giant, is apparently on board with the new console after two anonymous sources leaked a few tantalizing tidbits about an exclusive add-on content deal. Exactly what that means, however, is still a matter of supposition.
Until now, all we really knew from all the leaked developer kits, anonymous tips and antisocial behavior from a former creative director is that the console was going to be based on Intel X86 architecture, require an Internet connection to function and have a Blu-Ray Drive.
Which may as well be a press release for the Sony PS4.
Then on April 25th Paul Thurrott, longtime watcher of all things Microsoft, wrote an article for WindowsITPro called, "Here Comes the Next Xbox"
Thurrott is a respected author, blogger and head honcho at winsupersite.com and has access to those in the know at Microsoft. Basically if Thurrott says it's real there's a 99% chance it is.
From his article we know this much about the next XBOX.
- We still don't its name will be but it definitely won't be XBOX 720.
- It'll cost you $500 ($300 w/2 year XBOX Live sub. at $10/mo.)
- It won't run Xbox 360 software but the 360 will still exist.
- It's going to be running the Windows 8 Operating System
Yes, you read that right. The next XBOX will be running Windows and not Windows RT or some strange derivative. Thurrott says it will be based on Windows 8 Core, which is the entry level Windows 8 operating system complete with tiles and media player and all of that.Continued on the next page