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danrok 6th November, 2012 06:05 PM

Report: Microsoft going to production with 7-inch "Xbox Surface"
 
Xbox gaming tablet from Microsoft?

See front page: http://www.aoaforums.com/frontpage/g...-surfaceq.html

Comments?

booman 6th November, 2012 09:06 PM

Do you think it will play previous Xbox 360 games?
I'm sure there will be a performance loss, but everyone is into simple, cartoon graphics on their tablet right now.... they are really missing the HUGE screen & Surround Sound of Desktops.

danrok 6th November, 2012 11:07 PM

Looking at the supposed specs. it does look like it could run Xbox 360 games.

Aedan 7th November, 2012 10:33 AM

I doubt it'll run Xbox 360 games, given "Xbox Surface" only has 288Mb (is that Mbit or Mbyte?) RAM, whereas the Xbox 360 has 512MB RAM (plus 10MB of framebuffer). It's also a different instruction set (ARM vs PowerPC) - although that's not the biggest hurdle.

It looks more like a game controller rather than a fully blown tablet.

danrok 12th November, 2012 05:25 PM

The tablet alone wouldn't do it, but it comes with some kind of base station, an Xbox 720?:
Xbox Surface Details

That has 5GB of system memory, and 1.2GB of video memory.

The tablet has a "custom IBM engine with scale-out work loads". What is that?

Aedan 12th November, 2012 07:00 PM

Scale-out is a cloud computing term as far as I can see. It refers to the splitting of your workload and dataset across many computers.

Daniel ~ 12th November, 2012 07:47 PM

Tablet as video game controller differently has some real possibilities...Would have to see one in action to gage my interest.

danrok 12th November, 2012 09:44 PM

The Wii U is out this month.
Wii U - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I'd imagine this Xbox Surface could be something similar.

The tablet is more like a cross between a tablet and a controller.

Daniel ~ 13th November, 2012 08:02 PM

Imagine harder! I need one for PS3 and PC!! ":O}


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