Xbox 720 hints with Windows 8, touchscreen features

Another day, another Xbox 720 rumor. We’re sure you’re starting to get a bit tired of the constant next-gen rumors, but as history has told us in the past – frequent rumors usually means that something big is bound to happen soon. While Sony are preparing to announce their next console on February 20, we’re now hearing that Microsoft may be looking to equip the next Xbox with integrated Windows 8 support.

While we don’t know for certain what new interface the next Xbox will have, it is a logical assumption for Microsoft to continue to extend the Windows 8 love to the Xbox after debuting the new software on recent products such as the Surface Pro tablet. Full Windows support would be an interesting move for the Xbox, but it could be more likely that we’ll see a streamlined version of Windows instead, like Windows RT that featured on the first Surface product.

An ex-Microsoft exec has hinted that Windows 8 is definitely going to be featured on the Xbox ‘720’ in some form, but the interesting thing to add to this is that Microsoft may be including some touchscreen functionality as well. The first question to this though is how it would work on the average TV set?

Imagine if Microsoft are planning a controller similar to the Wii U GamePad which incorporates touch screen features into the general gameplay setup – otherwise how else would touch controls work other than on a controller? If an ex Microsoft exec is hinting of these features though, it is obviously worth paying a little more attention to, than just the average rumor with no substance.

If you could visualize the perfect Xbox 720 user interface, what would you like to see? Do you welome touchscreen input and perhaps full PC support via Windows 8? Hopefully Microsoft will reveal all soon.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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