Talk of the Xbox 720 set-top box re-emerges

Rumours of a low-spec TV set-top box style Xbox have returned.

The Verge reckons that multiple sources familiar with Redmond’s plans” have revealed that Microsoft is indeed intent on launching two versions of the Xbox 720.

One is the fully-fledged meat and two veg console powerhouse that you’d expect while the other is a cheaper unit that is designed as a living-room access point for the wider casual market into the Xbox world.

It will be based on Windows 8 and won’t run large-scale triple-A titles but will instead focus on downloadable content. From a broader perspective the new box is yet another example of Microsoft attempting to make its new software environments easily scalable and easily embedded into a broad range of devices.

More speculative rumouring adds that the company could opt to combine its core system for the next Xbox with a phone stack to deliver a phone capable of running a full version of Microsoft’s Xbox Live services”.

Both machines will apparently be revealed in 2013 and arrive before Christmas next year.

Talk of a twin-SKU Xbox 720 strategy has been around for over a year, with November 2011 bringing word of a disc-less digital-only console. This was backed up in March of this year when MCV revealed that Microsoft is hatching a disc-less strategy of sorts for Xbox 720.

About MCV Staff

Check Also

Ofcom logo

OFCOM’s Online Nation – who plays what and how much – and what we need to change to cater to everyone

OFCOM’s Online Nation report is a deep dive into the UK’s gaming habits and how they’ve evolved since 2015, during the era of the live service game: popular genres, spending patterns and exposure to toxic behaviour. We take a look at the results.