Xbox isn’t simply ‘Xbox’ any longer, as a new report has made known that Microsoft is turning the machine into a cable box, as it intends to “takeover” your TV in what is seen as a big play for the living room.
According to The Verge, the next Xbox will hook up to a cable box, and Microsoft is planning to go further than Google TV due to its partnerships with content providers.
According to the report, the next generation version of Kinect will be able to detect multiple people better as well as eye movement. This will be used to pause the TV when people look away. This feature is said to be used in Google’s TV plans outside of just games.
MS is also looking to introduce its own low-cost “Xbox TV” set-top box, but not until next year, after the next Xbox has been released on the market. It’s said to be coming late 2013, and will be competitively priced with PS4.
Microsoft is planning a major Xbox event for May 21st. We’ll know more then.