As reported by The Verge, multiple sources has confirmed that Microsoft is readying up a tablet gaming device under the Surface brand to be used solely for gaming purposes. Specifications for the new tablet include an ARM-based Texas Instruments processor with 288MB of RLDRAM 2 and a resolution of 1280 x 720.
The key difference between Windows 8 Surface and the Xbox Surface aside from screen size, is that the Xbox Surface won’t run a full version of Windows 8, but a custom Windows kernel instead as was rumoured for the next-gen Xbox console we were informed called “XBOX 8”. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the main focus is on gaming with the device possibly being used in the same way that Nintendo’s Wii U tablet functions.
According to the same sources, Microsoft has developed a secret hardware production process for the Xbox Surface tablets with them being manufactured by the same company that traditionally manufacturers the current Xbox console, but the future next-gen Xbox console will instead be manufactured by Pegatron or Foxconn.
When more information comes to light, we’ll keep you informed and have included a list of leaked specifications below.
Via The Verge