The latest rumour says the next version of the Xbox will be smaller and cheaper than the current version, and will be based on the Windows 9 core software and ARM processors.
That’s according to a blogger called MSNerd, who revealed this information based on “rumours, tips, and speculation.”
Here’s what the post says:
With a heady mix of rumours, tips and speculation, I am now stating that Xbox codename “loop” (the erstwhile XboxTV) will indeed debut a modified Win9 core. It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform—a “main” processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It will be custom designed by Microsoft and two partners based on the ARM architecture. It will be cheaper than the 360, further enabling Kinect adoption. And it will be far smaller than the 360. It will also demonstrate how Windows Phone could possible implement Win9’s dev platform on the lower end.
MSNerd is worth attention because s/he had early and accurate information on Courier, Microsoft’s abandoned tablet project, and the whole Windows Phone/Zune/Kin debacle back in 2009 and 2010. The blogger seems to be well connected to Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices group, which is where the Xbox and mobile products live.
Earlier this year, a leaked set of designs suggested that the next Xbox is being planned for 2015.