Microsoft reportedly set to launch new 'Xbox TV' devices

New reports have indicated that Microsoft could be set to launch a new batch of streaming devices at E3 under the name “Xbox TV”.

Usually, leaks provide greater and greater clarity as we approach an eventual product reveal; yet rumours surrounding an Xbox One Slim or Xbox Mini have only become that much more confusing. A new report from Brad Sams, an executive director at Petri, has revealed that Microsoft is now set to announce two new streaming devices under the name “Xbox TV”.
According to Sams, both Xbox TV devices aimed squarely at Google’s Chromecast devices; the first will allegedly allow gamers to stream titles from an Xbox One to another television set in a house.
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The second of the two devices, as Sam speculates, will be a similar streaming device with an advanced feature set which could be able to access Universal Windows Apps from the Windows Store.
According to Sams, both devices will somehow integrate with the Xbox One‘s controller, though he did not elaborate as to whether some functionality might be reserved for the extra buttons the Elite controller accommodates.
With the Xbox 360 now officially a thing of the past, it would seem Microsoft has turned its entire attention to developing either a smaller version or supporting peripherals for its current-gen console.
The reveal is likely to take place at Microsoft’s Xbox E3 press conference, which is set to take place on June 13th.
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What are your thoughts on the likelihood of an Xbox TV? Could Microsoft easily compete with the likes of Sony’s PlayStation TV, or should the firm focus on expanding the apps and features of its now sole console? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!
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Source: Brad Sams