XBW Rumor: The Next Xbox Has A Wii U Like Tablet Controller With HD Screen, Buttons

#1
Thanks to TheOddOne for finding this.

Xbox World Magazine said:
The next Xbox will be a matt-black media hub with a mission to bring games to life in your living room with augmented reality, directional sound, and a four-player finger-tracking Kinect. We told you all that last month. This month, our sources tell us it will have a touchscreen, too.

Microsoft are experimenting with a tablet-like controller with a shape closer to Sony's sleek Vita handheld / Apple's iPad than Wii U's bulky unit - it's an HD screen surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks.


On 360 that touchscreen will be second only to Kinect in how you operate your console. It could be a remote control when you're watching TV, a browser when you're on the internet, extra buttons and information when playing a game or a portable display when you want to take your game with you.

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Expect to see the next Xbox at E3 this June.
Source: It's in the magazine. There's a bit more to the article, but it's just speculation that this sounds rather expensive.
 
#6
Sony and MS not wanting to be caught with their pants down like they were this gen? Or simply baseless rumoring?

Stay tuned, as we'll find out in the next 12 months.
 
#12
First thought: awesome, the controller screen has been awesome since the Dreamcast.

Second thought: awesome, less excuse not to port to Wii U (they still won't though)

Third thought: eh, I'm not buying another Microsoft console, so whatever.
 
#16
Won't hate on it until I see how they plan on utilizing it. If I can have a secondary screen instead of having to fill my tv screen with HUD and menus I am ok with it.

I'd still rather see companion apps for games that work on ios/android/W8 devices than a heavier, more complicated controller.
 
#17
Microsoft are experimenting with a tablet-like controller with a shape closer to Sony's sleek Vita handheld / Apple's iPad than Wii U's bulky unit - it's an HD screen surrounded by the traditional 360 buttons and sticks.
Vita I can see but how's the WiiU tablet bulkier than the iPad?
 
#29
Anyone who thought this wasn't the case was living in la-la land IMO. Will be interesting to see if it is true, but a tablet controller was clearly the next logical step for home consoles. Whether it was Nintendo that sparked the move or Microsoft's internal R&D...who knows? All I know is it makes a hell of a lot of sense for all manufacturers.
 
#36
If all 3 manufacturers do this, is that actually good or bad for Apple?

" The additional cost of a screened controller could certainly explain the most recent dev kit leaks."

...go on.
 
#39
Can't we just have a more powerful console with standard controls. Oh and I want all games to be available for download the same day they're available at retail.
 
#45
If the controller kept the form of the 360 controller i would be ok with it just with a VMU style screen in the middle of it.
Yeah, if we basically replace the 360 button and move start/select, that would be an interesting design. What I get the feeling we're going to get is a Vita as a controller, with cameras all over the place.
 
#49
I can be excited for this, as long as the touch screen done in the same monstrous style as WiiU.

I'm thinking Vita size screen and an ergonomically fantastic controller built around it.