The Xbox TV, a dedicated and cheaper TV-ready solution was part of the many rumors circulating for Microsoft’s upcoming announcements. Mind you, the Xbox TV has been confirmed by multiple sources of actually existing, but as we approach Microsoft’s May 21st event, we are told that the Xbox TV may never see the light of day.
According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft has successfully started testing the Xbox TV device. A small prototype has also been constructed but there is no guarantee that the device will ever be brought to the market.
The report says that the prototype is in its early stages and for now, it can be used with the Kinect for media navigation.
So the question is why Microsoft would not be willing to bring out this device? WSJ’s anonymous source does not answer that query, but we’d like to think that the new Xbox is partially at blame here.
It’s not a well guarded secret that Microsoft plans to take its ‘entertainment hub’ plans to the next level with the new Xbox. The Xbox 360 already has a dozen streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN. With the Xbox 720, the firm is expected to add even more features and options, making it the perfect entertainment box for a consumer.
The Xbox 360 has always been marketed as a device which not only plays games but also provides great features, something which we expect the Xbox TV to do as well.
So looking at it logically, Microsoft wouldn’t want a cheaper Xbox TV solution making dents into their upcoming new console. Perhaps a release could be seen sometime later in the console’s life but as things stand, it’s not going to be any time soon.