Microsoft Hitting The Mobile Gaming Market
As we all know, Microsoft is falling behind in the mobile market. In an effort to play catch up they just released their newest addition, the Surface 10 inch tablet. Now they have their sights set on hitting the 7 inch tablet market, and rumor has it that this will be pushed as a “gaming tablet” which will run the Xbox software now dubbed the “Xbox Surface”.
According to Verge and a leaked spec sheet, the Xbox Surface tablet will have an ARM processor, 288 MB of memory, 1280 x 720 resolution, and paired with a base station much like the Nintendo Wii U. The base station would contain dual PowerPC processors, 5 GB of memory, 250 GB hard drive, custom AMD graphics processor, ethernet port, HDMI/component video, 4 USB ports, optical audio, and support for four wireless game controllers.
Could this be the next generation of Xbox gaming? I can’t imagine the Microsoft would replace the standard Xbox unit and controllers with this new technology, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction into a new market.
As Android and Apple have taken over the mobile gaming market, it can only be understanding that Microsoft wants a piece of the action too. With so many kids and adults turning to the convenience of gaming on a tablet, it will be interesting to see if the Xbox Surface will be welcomed.