Windows Weekly tech reporters say “Project Ten” planned for release late next year with better Windows and Windows Mobile integration; CES reveal speculated.
Here’s The Deal,around the 88-minute mark of the Windows Weekly Podcast hosted by Leo Laporte and featuring fellow tech reporters Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley,Laporte prompts Thurrott to talk about the new Xbox, which he calls “Project Ten.” Thurrott then explains that he has been hearing the console is planned for release during the 2012 holiday season, “meaning that they would almost have to announce this at [Consumer Electronics Show], wouldn’t they?”
As for details about the system, Thurrott said it would be “all Metro,” referring to the unified style of interface that Microsoft is rolling out among its various platforms. He also said it would have Microsoft’s Silverlight video plug-in embedded in the hardware, which Foley suggested would help further the Internet TV push that was begun on the Xbox 360.
Perhaps more importantly, Thurrott said the next Xbox would focus on integration with Microsoft’s other platforms and products, a historical weak point for the company. (To hammer that home, Thurrott noted that the Xbox 360 will play media on an iPod or iPhone, but not on a Windows Phone.) That means the new system would have a measure of Windows 8 and Windows Phone integration, with Thurrott calling the strategy “going the Apple route.” Given Microsoft’s existing efforts to unify the look and functionality of its products, it would be odd if the next Xbox were excluded from that push.
While Thurrott speculated that the system would be announced at January’s CES show in order to make a holiday release window, history shows that’s not necessarily the case. The Xbox 360 launched in November of 2005 and was a notable no-show at that year’s CES. In fact, the system’s proper unveiling didn’t happen until an MTV special that aired May 12, 2005, the week before the kickoff of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Its High-Time Microsoft came up with the next Xbox because of the increasing demands of gamers and the demands of video games developers for good systems that can support their games and provide the gamers with a better experience. Lets hope for the best.
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