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Is Halo 4 with Microsoft Surface just a gimmick?

We have some good news for those of you planning to pick up Halo 4 at the end of the year. Microsoft has revealed that the next entry in the successful Halo franchise will feature some added functionality with the company’s recently unveiled Surface tablet.

The game is due to be released on November 6, while the Microsoft Surface tablet should be available around the same time, although October has been suggested as a likely release period once Windows 8 becomes available.

The Wii U is obviously attracting all of the headlines for being able to combine television gaming with a standalone tablet, but are Microsoft planning to ruin Nintendo’s parade by making this possible on existing Xbox 360 hardware? It certainly would be an interesting bonus being able to interact with Master Chief on a smaller display, but it remains to be seen just what kind of functionality the surface will offer for the time being.

Some of you may feel that this is a little bit of a gimmick though and not needed for Halo 4. A controller and TV will be adequate for most Xbox 360 owners, but is this just a attempt by Microsoft to say to Nintendo that we can essentially do the same thing as well?

The Wii U is due out around the same time don’t forget, so it will be interesting to see what Reggie Fils-Aime thinks of Don Mattrick’s statement to VentureBeat. Are you really excited about the idea of setting up your Halo 4 multiplayer classes on a tablet, or not so much? Give us your thoughts on this.



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