Xbox 720 more than just gaming with Windows 8

Many gamers are expecting big things from the new Xbox in terms of next-gen cutting edge graphics, but it looks very likely that Microsoft are planning to make their new console, dubbed the Xbox 720, much more than just a gaming powerhouse.

We saw at E3 with the unveiling of Xbox Smartglass that the company is aiming to turn the next Xbox into an glorified entertainment hub and now we have the next massive piece of evidence in realizing this.

Microsoft’s General Manager for Windows appears to have made an almighty slip up, as not only has he officially acknowledged a new Xbox console, but he has also dropped a bombshell by saying it is going to run on Windows 8 as well. As far as we’re aware, including their desktop OS on the next Xbox wasn’t part of the plans detailed in that leaked Xbox 720 document, so this is big.

General Manager Brian Hall revealed the news when talking in a recent podcast with TheVerge. The juicy details come at 1 minute, 17 seconds into the video, but you can check out a portion of his quote below:

“We just decided it was time to do something new and bring the best from each of those and put them together and release it right in time for the new wave of products that we could have coming out with Windows 8, with the new version of Office with the new Windows phone and the new Xbox

This means that the next Xbox console is going to be able to do a lot more than just gaming. Imagine being able to play a few rounds of next-gen Halo and then pause the game, switch over to desktop mode with a single button press and write up a quick document in Word with a wireless keyboard. This could be a game changer for Microsoft and something that Sony would obviously have a hard time matching with no OS themselves.

Or you could even use Windows 8 to download all of your favorite music tracks from the internet and then have them playing when you switch back to gaming mode. Judging by the nature of Brian Hall’s statement, it looks like this is going to be a reality, not a rumor.

What are your thoughts on having Windows 8 built inside of the Xbox 720 – exciting stuff isn’t it?

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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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