Steve Ballmer has already confirmed that more Microsoft hardware is “obviously” on the way, without mentioning anything specific. The bookies’ favourites are a Surface smartphone and/or Microsoft Surface 2.
However, we’re also hearing word of something called the Xbox Surface, a 7in tablet with a focus on gaming.
That’s the good word according to The Verge, crediting “multiple sources familiar with plans within Redmond.”
Proposed Xbox Surface specs include a 7in display (1280 x 720), though it’s unclear whether the Xbox Surface will be powered by ARM or Intel.
In either case, the Xbox Surface is tipped to rock a custom OS – as opposed to full-fat Windows 8 or Windows 8 RT.
Over on Slashgear, a leaked Xbox Surface spec sheet suggests it’ll pair with a “Stationary Computing Device”, or “Xbox 720” if you prefer. Shades of Nintendo’s Wii U, with its tablet-style controller thingy.
Several Xbox-related buildings are said to have been locked down recently, with limited employee access, suggesting something big is going down.
Needless to say, Microsoft has refused to comment on the Xbox Surface rumours.