Next Xbox will act as set-top box, is based on Windows 8

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We haven’t talked much about the next Xbox since it hasn’t been related to our usual Windows and Windows Phone coverage, but it looks like that will change. The last couple days have seen some new discoveries on what the next Xbox will be, and one of those discoveries involves Windows 8. The Verge reports that the software for the next Xbox is based on Windows 8. But that’s just the beginning.

The next Xbox will reportedly act more like a set-top box than a gaming console. It will work with your cable signal to show your channels with an Xbox overlay. In other words, you won’t have to switch the input on your TV to play game. Live TV, apps, and games will all be in one place. The “always ON” rumors have more to do with the TV and apps aspect of the console rather than the games.

The Kinect will also play a role in the next Xbox, of course. Microsoft is working on some new features that will be able to detect multiple people in the room, and even track eye movement. The Verge says that they could even use the tech to pause live TV when you turn your head away. It’s clear that Microsoft is attacking the living room even harder with the next Xbox. With the existing app library, and Xbox developer support, plus the new TV integration this could be a killer device. It sounds like the thing everyone has been wanting in a set-top box, plus a great gaming console. The fact that it is based on Windows 8 is just icing on the cake.


  • Edgar Cervantes

    Do you understand what this means for Google TV?! People will be buying Xbox consoles left and right! If it manages to even get close to Google TV’s functionality it will be a huge blow.