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More Details Surrounding MSFT's Standalone TV Box Emerge

Thursday brought reports of Microsoft backing out of offering a full-fledged TV service because the licensing fees simply cost more than the company wanted to shell out. As it stands now, the Xbox 360 console merely offers content that compliments what consumers already have instead of replacing their service. This applies to both the Xbox 360 and a second stand-alone box reports previously named as Microsoft TV.

Additional details have surfaced in regards to that second set-top box, claiming that it will arrive in 2012 bearing a sub-$200 price tag, perhaps around $150 if we're lucky. The device was supposedly slated for early 2012 at one point, but has since been pushed back -- this coincides with the report that Microsoft backed out of negotiations, and has thus put its full-fledged streaming TV plans on hold. Sources claim it will still arrive before the next console from Microsoft, however.

Codenames currently circulating within the rumor mill label it as Live Xbox, Kinect Xbox and Kinect HD -- let's also not forget Microsoft TV which makes more sense. It will reportedly come packed with Kinect technology and feature a low-profile version of the existing motion-sensing gadget, yet adding a larger base for housing the HDMI and USB ports, and the power supply.

Unsurprisingly, this device will actually have gaming capabilities, taking full advantage of the Kinect hardware. It will focus on the casual player with titles like Fruit Ninja Kinect, indicating that it will likely feature the new Metro-style Xbox Dashboard, the Marketplace and apps to install. Those wanting to play Gears of War or Call of Duty titles will need to purchase an actual Xbox 360 (or 720) console.

Like the current Xbox 360, this Microsoft TV device will reportedly feature Wi-Fi connectivity right out of the box. Other connection options are unknown at this point in regards to Ethernet and sound output. There's also no indication that existing Xbox 360 gamepads will work on the device although there's a good chance Microsoft TV will focus on motion and voice control-based games instead. And given that users will download apps, some storage space will be required -- likely quite a lot if Microsoft follows through with its DVR plans.

Of course, everything seen here is mere speculation and rumor -- Microsoft hasn't officially announced anything. Still, there's a big Kinect-related announcement scheduled for E3 2012, so perhaps we'll know more about this gadget then.

  • DaddyW123
    Drool! (and I ain't talking about MS TV)
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  • fyasko
    someone needs to create a service that sells me the channels i want to watch. not 200+ channels just so i can watch the 5-10 channels i only watch.
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  • toms my babys daddy
    fyaskosomeone needs to create a service that sells me the channels i want to watch. not 200+ channels just so i can watch the 5-10 channels i only watch.
    apple tv?
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  • darkchazz
    I was going to read the article, then I saw that pic O.O
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  • memadmax
    darkchazzI was going to read the article, then I saw that pic O.O
    Yea, I was like TV what? Oh... hehe... Xbox girl, gargle gargle gargle..
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  • infernocy2011
    please take the pic of , i want to read the article
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  • zybch
    fyaskosomeone needs to create a service that sells me the channels i want to watch. not 200+ channels just so i can watch the 5-10 channels i only watch.Thats NEVER going to happen. You'd end up with the cable providers only offering the most wanted channels while smaller niche ones would wither and die as there wouldn't be enough subscribers to adequately support them (in their current form).
    I know what you mean though, if I want just 4 or 5 channels but have to purchase an expensive package comprising of 150 channels I'd be pretty pissed as well. Remember though, its the fees from those large bundle packages that support and fund the channels that nobody (well, not many people anyway) would ever want to pay for in an al-a-carte system.
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  • freggo
    fyaskosomeone needs to create a service that sells me the channels i want to watch. not 200+ channels just so i can watch the 5-10 channels i only watch.
    100% behind you man !
    I am interested in only a handful of channels but, for example, am forced to buy a whole 'sports package' full of Football, Baseball, Basketball and NASCAR (non of which interest me) just to be able to watch the Formula One races on the Speed Channel.

    Sorry, waste of my time, money and bandwidth. Keep it.

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  • tanjo
    XBOX 540 (like the girl showing her behind). Is this device like Vista? Like when Xbox 720 arrives, it will supplant this TV box having all the features included?

    Though I like a motion controlled TV for those lazy bums to at least burn calories instead of just pointing a remote... wait they have a choice so probably this won't sell much.
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  • CaedenV
    zybchThats NEVER going to happen. You'd end up with the cable providers only offering the most wanted channels while smaller niche ones would wither and die as there wouldn't be enough subscribers to adequately support them (in their current form).I know what you mean though, if I want just 4 or 5 channels but have to purchase an expensive package comprising of 150 channels I'd be pretty pissed as well. Remember though, its the fees from those large bundle packages that support and fund the channels that nobody (well, not many people anyway) would ever want to pay for in an al-a-carte system.For most of the rest of the world, you make a product, try to sell it, and if it is something people want then people buy it, otherwise you pack up and go home. I dont want to pay money for things I dont watch. I really dont want to pay money for the privileged to watch something that has commercials. Let the little stuff die off, or find a new outlet for their content that their viewers appreciate, and others don't have to subsidize. The way people are canceling cable service these days I am sure something will change soon enough.
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