Rumor: Microsoft To Release The “Xbox Mini” As Part Of Upcoming Xbox LineApril 13, 2013 1 Comment
Rumor has it that Microsoft will not only be releasing its power house system codenamed “Durango” this holiday, but also a standalone product that contains Xbox 360 functions for gaming. It is going to be Microsoft’s answer to compete with Apple’s, Apple TV. The guys over at VGleaks supply’s what new information they have about the latest Xbox Roadmap below:
The “Xbox Mini” is not a 360 add-on, it is a stand alone , and alone it is meant to compete with Apple TV. Since it is likely it will not have a disc drive, it is being designed with “always online” in mind, and with internet being required for Live functions. Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games on Demand on Xbox Live (for new purchases) or if already purchased, simply download it. This also applies to music and movies. To further clarify, the Durango will also have these (TV) functions, just with next-generation gaming hardware instead of Xbox 360 at a higher price.
When used with Durango, it offers connectivity with it for backwards compatibility with both disc based and On Demand games, and it’s no more different than what Sony will be doing with Gaikai for playing PS3 games on PS4, only with Xbox it will be done locally and not through the cloud. You can control the Xbox Mini under a single interface and not have to worry about switching between devices in a single display input.
These connectivity functions cannot work with existing Xbox 360 units due to the difference in external interface. The Xbox Mini was designed for this along side Durango. The price goal of the smaller Xbox is $149 or lower and it is likely to not have a disc drive and would require a network connection.
If this all turns out to be true then this is pretty cool indeed!..Head over to VGleaks to learn more about the informers info on The Xbox codenamed Durango and Kinect 2.0…MBGW