Volgens Next Generation Online heeft Microsoft een eigen games console in ontwikkeling. Het ding draagt de codenaam 'X-Box' en is gebaseerd op traditionele x86 Wintel hardware:
In a world exclusive report in its October issue (due on stands next week), Next Generation magazine has revealed that Microsoft is working on a set-top games playing console, code named X-Box.
While a Microsoft spokesperson quoted in the article called the story "wishful thinking," several independent sources have confirmed that X-Box has been in development for several months. Contacted today, a Microsoft spokesperson repeatedly stated, "This is a rumor. It is Microsoft's policy not to comment on rumors."
According to the story, X-Box will feature a 500 MHz processor by Intel (note: according to a follow up story in the forthcoming November issue of Next Generation Magazine, an AMD Athlon powered version is also planned), nVidia's NV-10 graphics technology (recently renamed GeForce), and a modified version of the WinCE operating system. According to the story, this will make X-Box capable of PlayStation 2-level performance.
Design for the system will come from Microsoft, but it will probably be built and sold by multiple manufacturers (Dell and Gateway are mentioned in the story), and it seems that multiple CPU/graphics technologies are possible in different X-Box variants.
Aha, dus het is in feite gewoon een PC, alleen moet-ie dan zo simpel te bedienen zijn dat de console kleutertjes het ook kunnen begrijpen?