Rumor: Next Xbox Could Run Windows

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Rumor: Next Xbox Could Run Windows

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Microsoft apparently wants to bring its product lines much closer together.

Insider sources are suggesting that Microsoft has some pretty big plans for its PC, phone, and console businesses in the future. Of particular note is the idea that all three - and tablets and TVs besides - might all end up running the same version of Windows.

These sources say that at some time within the next four years, Microsoft would create a single operating system for its various lines. As This Is My Next notes, this timeline would come at the end of the Xbox 360's ten-year lifespan, as well as the expected three-year run of Windows 8. Apparently, Microsoft is also considering dropping the Windows name when this project goes live in favor of something totally new.

This information lines up rather nicely with comments made by Microsoft's Andy Lees at the Worldwide Partner Conference. Lees' said that Microsoft wanted a single system for its various product lines, one that would promote "coherence and consistency" across the entire Microsoft product range. "We won't have an ecosystem for PCs, and one for phones, and one for tablets - they'll all come together." He added that the goal wasn't just to share UI elements, but also core components like Internet Explorer.

If these rumors are true, then it represents the biggest rebranding in Microsoft history. It's questionable as to whether Microsoft would be willing to drop a brand name that people all over the world are familiar with, but it's not impossible if it wants to get a fresh start, free from any preconceptions. I wouldn't want to be footing the bill for that marketing campaign though.

Source: via CVG

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So its come full circle at last, Consoles just being prebuilt Game pcs, eh?

OK, Next Xbox runs Windows, and Windows 8 will run Xbox games?

Remind me again of the difference between a PC and a console.

A tablet, a console, a phone.... it'll only do everything hurrrrrrr

Wasn't there also a rumor of Win 8 running Xbox games?
EDIT: Damn it, ninja'd.
I wonder which one is true (if they both are, it's relatively stupid).

Dear Microsoft, why continue manufacturing both systems? Rumors say you are making windows 8 able to play Xbox 360 games and next gen Xbox able to run Windows.

Just watch though, features will be gimped (no online crossplay apparently) for the cross over and hackers and pirates will most likely severely hurt the whole thing.

Im not sure what to be more afraid of right now, the fact that MovieBob could be right or that Microsoft could be undertaking what could be seen as an extremely high risk venture.

It's hard to say whether this is a good idea. Hopefully it doesn't end up a one-size-fits-all scenario where there is little difference between each platform, though Microsoft hasn't disappointed me for a while so hopefully if this is the case there will be plenty of modified software, layout, interface, etc to differentiate the systems. Consolification of games is one thing, but consolification of my PC I won't stand for.

Logan Westbrook:
He added that the goal wasn't just to share UI elements, but also core components like [sic]

Like what?

Wasn't this rumor already on here as a newsposting a few days ago?
I've been getting deja-vu like this for a while now. A few times I checked and some editor released "news" a buddy of his already put up a week or so before :S

We are just one small step away from Jarvis from Iron Man! The Kinect will allow us to interact with holograms running on Windows 9 (Jarvis 1.0) that can move from our work desk to our TV and then sent to our friend's Xbox's for them to also interact with them.

...We can only dream.

Logan Westbrook:
dropping the Windows name when this project goes live in favor of something totally new.

*everybody starts to buy macs en masse because "windows" is dead*

"they'll all come together." He added that the goal wasn't just to share UI elements, but also core components like

like...what?

anyways: this might be the death of microsoft, if they're not careful. (not that people haven't said that a million times already)
well, as long as they have backwards compatibility with older Xbox versions, Im fine with it. (will totally never happen >_>)

Alfador_VII:
OK, Next Xbox runs Windows, and Windows 8 will run Xbox games?

Remind me again of the difference between a PC and a console.

The former gets viruses, the other doesn't have major compatability errors that stop you playing games.

No, I am not gonna stop talking about how much trying to game on a PC has been fucking me over.

Well, if this allows consoles to actually use mods, then this could be a great step in the right direction for microsoft. Otherwise... it still could be good, but it could also backfire. I suppose the question is what will the benefit of buying a console and an OS for my PC be?

William Fleming:
Dear Microsoft, why continue manufacturing both systems? Rumors say you are making windows 8 able to play Xbox 360 games and next gen Xbox able to run Windows.

Probably because an X-Box looses market appeal for people doing graphic design or office work or who like to fiddle with the innards of there system, while it WILL appeal to those looking for a decent bargan entrance into videogaming, costing only a few hundred dollars and providing easy plug and play functionality.

if thats the case with the xbox i hope sony add a 5Ltr cooling tank that we can fill with drinks?

Seriously

I own consoles to play games, I like that they are adjusted for console use. I like the feel of a controller..putting windows on a game console really. Does nothing good not to mention game consoles need to be priced well, meaning the price to make them has to be kept low. Hence by both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 have about 512Mbyte memory. More would be possible yes but such would cost more and hence this was a sacrifice.

A console with maybe 2Gbyte of relative cheap memory might be possible. But then you get Windows 8 or so.. yeah I don't see it. Sorry but windows is a resource hog that also is a black box. You know it does something but who knows what does what. How more windows ages how more services and background crap. Out of the box even. Sure I know that Microsoft has tried to fix their "mono core" design reality is that you can't change the basics.

My prediction windows on a console... doesn't runs well! Hell linux on the PS3 even doesn't runs that well due to the limited about of memory.

o.o Here's hoping its a decent OS, because you can't make them stop this sort of stupidity.

"Can we F**k it?" is the only question i have.

Im happy that this is happening though. Its basically going to be a PC built for gaming. Im guessing it will be around 500-800 USD. But it would be well worth the price if you ask me.

I'm very conflicted about this. I admit whole heartedly I'm one of the biggest PC gaming snobs you are going to find. The vast majority of console games to me are a very small step above pulling a lever, seeing the big plastic arrow spin, and learning that "The Duck says, QUACK QUACK QUACK". Ideally I would like to keep console and PC gaming as far apart as humanly possible.

I've witnessed the cesspool that is Xbox Live and PSN and those people seem like like the absolute lowest of lifeforms. I don't want to share a platform with those people, I don't want to interact with those people, and I sure as Hell don't want people designing the games I play with those mouth breathers in mind.

ehh, I seem to remember ms promising this sort of functionality before, I have doubts since for a console to run an os like windows it would need to be alot beefier, unless somehow microsoft managed to make a "windows lite" version or something, which I have doubts they could do

oh, and FUCK these captcha ads

OutrageousEmu:

Alfador_VII:
OK, Next Xbox runs Windows, and Windows 8 will run Xbox games?

Remind me again of the difference between a PC and a console.

The former gets viruses, the other doesn't have major compatability errors that stop you playing games.

No, I am not gonna stop talking about how much trying to game on a PC has been fucking me over.

You're stuck with what you get in the latter, and the games cost half as much again.

No, I am not gonna stop talking about how little the price difference is.

OT: Then it'll be the perfect time for someone to come in with a better OS available for PC gaming. Its bad enough when multiplatform games share the same UI in the PC and console versions, let alone an entire fucking OS that's been stretched across them.

(And in case they haven't taken the hint, we don't want them on the fucking PC. GAMES FOR WINDOWS LIVE you fucking arse holes.)

Ruairi iliffe:
So its come full circle at last, Consoles just being prebuilt Game pcs, eh?

Indeed. That's where Microsoft started isn't it?

Alfador_VII:
OK, Next Xbox runs Windows, and Windows 8 will run Xbox games?

Remind me again of the difference between a PC and a console.

What difference?

Xbox proved this conclusively anyway. (The original, not the 360) - Seriously, look up it's specs; It reads like that of a cheap PC of the period. (Hard Drive, DVD drive, Intel Celeron Processor. Nvidia graphics chip.)

For that matter, hackers have gotten original xboxes running normal versions of windows anyway. Further proving they were in fact just very cheap PC's.

Anyway, this is still just a rumour, but it fits together nicely with the 'windows 8 can run xbox 360 games' one. (And the fact that Xbox controllers have worked on PC's since, well, forever.)

darthzew:

Logan Westbrook:
He added that the goal wasn't just to share UI elements, but also core components like [sic]

Like what?

Sorry. That should have read "Internet Explorer." What a weird typo.

And they'll call it ... Vista 360!

Funny, the way the gaming industry treats players you'd think 90% of the 360s already do, just not willingly. I suppose if this turns out to be true Microsoft is taking the 'if you can't beat them (in our paranoid little pseudo-minds), join them' approach.

And it's about damn time, too!

OutrageousEmu:

Alfador_VII:
OK, Next Xbox runs Windows, and Windows 8 will run Xbox games?

Remind me again of the difference between a PC and a console.

The former gets viruses, the other doesn't have major compatability errors that stop you playing games.

No, I am not gonna stop talking about how much trying to game on a PC has been fucking me over.

If you download a virus, 99% of the time it is your fault. If you cant get a game to run, 90% of the time the problem is on your end.

Care to say exactly what has been causing you problems?

This is likely going to meen official kinect support on windonws.

It makes sense.
Consoles are becoming more and more like homecomputers already.

So every xbox exclusive will also be a PC exclusive?

WOOOHOOOO

Has anyone tried to explain to Microsoft the concept and drawbacks of a monoculture? Cause apparently they need to be told this repeatedly, Navi-like, until they get it.

Does this mean we will all be controlling our PCs with Xbox controllers? Seems logical since Microsoft doesn't let you use PC peripherals on the Xbox.

Xanthious:
I'm very conflicted about this. I admit whole heartedly I'm one of the biggest PC gaming snobs you are going to find. The vast majority of console games to me are a very small step above pulling a lever, seeing the big plastic arrow spin, and learning that "The Duck says, QUACK QUACK QUACK". Ideally I would like to keep console and PC gaming as far apart as humanly possible.

I've witnessed the cesspool that is Xbox Live and PSN and those people seem like like the absolute lowest of lifeforms. I don't want to share a platform with those people, I don't want to interact with those people, and I sure as Hell don't want people designing the games I play with those mouth breathers in mind.

And I can say us console gamers Don't want to interact with you snobs so no offence taken.
But I would love to see the COD/Halo fan boys interact/talk to PC snobs.

To be honest I saw this coming but it can only work if they killed the console as a normal console and make it an affordable Xbox branded gaming PC. I don't want Windows on my Xbox, I want XBL on my PC and cross platform gaming between PC and Xbox!

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