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RUMOR: Microsoft Building Xbox Set-Top Box, Launching Alongside Next Xbox in 2013

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Posted on November 21, 2012 AT 11:56am

Today it’s two great rumors that go great together, as supposedly Microsoft is prepping an Xbox set-top media device to be launched alongside their next Xbox console.

Even better? They’re both supposedly being launched in time for holiday 2013.

Today on The Verge, the site claims to have heard from “multiple sources familiar with Redmond’s plans” that the company will be unveiling a “low-cost alternative” Xbox device. This device would be more along the lines of products such as Apple’s Apple TV, and would be based around providing access to media and casual games.

According to The Verge, this all comes as part of an effort on Microsoft’s part to “ensure its core architecture for the next-generation Xbox is scalable enough to be put together to run on a number of devices.” Both this Xbox set-top box, and the next proper Xbox console itself, would be revealed early next year, and released in time to hit the holiday shopping season.

So—what do you think? Would you have any interest in an Xbox-based media streaming device?

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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