THE BUZZ: Rumors are swirling about the next home console to be coming from Microsoft—and we’ve got another batch of such rumors to throw onto the pile.
This time, the information is coming from Paul Thurrott, one of the hosts of the podcast Windows Weekly (part of Leo Laporte’s “TWiT” network). On the most recent episode, Thurrott mentioned that his sources have told him the following:
- The current codename for the next Xbox is “Project Ten”
- It will be coming in time for next year’s holiday season
- The UI will be heavily based around Microsoft’s “Metro” style of user interface (the current interface for Windows Phone 7, and the style both the Xbox 360 and Windows 8 are moving to)
- The console’s OS will have Microsoft’s Silverlight technology deeply embedded in it (potentially for uses such as media functionality)
- Microsoft will be going the “Apple route” with Project Ten, meaning the console will extensively integrate with Windows 8 and Windows Phone for better cross-platform functionality
EGM’s TAKE: Paul Thurrott has been a long-time blogger/reporter on all things Microsoft, and during that time, he’s made some predictions that were rather questionable. At the same time, he does have a long-standing connection with a lot of people very knowledgable on the inside workings of the company, so it’s entirely possible that this information he’s been given has some truth to it.
Source: Windows Weekly Episode 233