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?

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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David Blaine Fullerton

The more that I think of it … I looked at my living room tonight: Media PC (to use internet easily & do emails occasionally on TV screen), Xbox 360, Comcast DVR & extra HD for video storage, File Server NAS (in another room for file sharing), and cheap Blu-Ray player. Just think. If the Next Xbox is more a PC and runs WIndows 8, all of those devices could be reduced to just one Xbox 720. If they up the hardware, they could cannalbolize every device in the living to be subsumed by the Xbox 720. If I were… Read more »


holy sh*t


Sounds cool. But will you have to subscribe to XBox gold for it to do anything worthwhile? I’d have an XBox now if it wasn’t for that fact. Second, Sony could put another OS on the device. Android anyone? They already have it running google TV on some of their TV sets.

David Blaine Fullerton

This is the future. I have said forever that they need to sell a COMPUTER for the living room that can double as a DESKTOP. Just think: college students buy XBOX 720 to play games, but they also use it to DOUBLE as a COMPUTER. And, if another suggestion I made to Microsoft goes through, the idea of replacing Comcast’s DUMBASS DVR with a gaming platform that records MPEG files. Whew, the future changes quickly, because Microsoft will really control the living room, as they’ve always been planning to do. BRILLIANT, VERY VERY BRILLIANT!!!

Nick Anteau

what would be cool, would be if you bought a game for the xbox 720 running win8, you could play the same game on your win8 PC, with pc quality graphics! Awsome!

Mous Fraoula

I really want to see with what new stuff and technologies sony will come up with in order to face the new features of xbox….seems rly tempting and handy even for a ps3 user like me


So basically a PC in the box! What a waste! I have a laptop for that… I’m waiting for the PS4!

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