Xbox TV ‘may be in the pipeline’



Reports have suggested Microsoft may be planning a set-top box combining TV and gaming.

Reports have suggested Microsoft may be planning a set-top box combining TV and gaming.

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The planned device would offer a low-cost alternative to the Xbox for people wanting the option of dipping in and out of casual gaming while watching TV, according to a report in The Verge.

It was suggested the box would be able to boot-up in a matter of seconds, and would run on the Windows 8 operating system to provide core entertainment services.

It is thought the set-top box would appeal to those who enjoy gaming but are not committed enough to purchase an independent console. The device would be designed for casual games which were less involved than those developed for a dedicated console, according to the report.

The Verge cited "multiple sources familiar with Redmond's plans" and suggested the set-top box would help further develop the Xbox brand in the family home.

It said: "The move will allow Microsoft to further increase its presence in the living room, providing consumers with a choice between a set-top box or a full next-generation Xbox console."

Microsoft's Xbox has been associated with gaming innovation since launching more than a decade ago, with developments such as Xbox Live and Kinect keeping gamers entertained. The Xbox Live online service allows gamers to play against friends online or watch films and other on-demand content.

A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge: "Xbox 360 has found new ways to extend the console lifecycle by introducingcontroller-free experiences with Kinect and re-inventing the console with a new dashboard and new entertainment content partnerships.

"We are always thinking about what is next for our platform and how to continue to defy the lifecycle convention."

It was reported Xbox TV will be unveiled next year.