I do a lot of reading in the tech industry and when I first heard that the new Xbox could be running on Windows 8 software, I was not sure if that is what I wanted to hear. The reason that I say that is because we are really starting to get away from PC gaming. Even some of the major MMORPG’s on the market are not getting the subscriber counts they are used to getting. With that being said, I just “feel” like if my Xbox was going to run on Windows 8, I might feel like that my new Xbox is just another PC in the house.
The information I am basing this on is rumors of course, but even some lies have some truth in them, so I am going with that on this one. MIcrosoft is pushing the WIndows 8 software for PC’s and mobile devices, why wouldn’t they also do the same for their popular gaming console? Online sources showed that a couple of days ago a PC was sold on eBay baring the name “Durango”. For those of you that have not been paying attention, Durango is the codename for MIcrosoft’s new Xbox gaming console. For the most part, it will likely be called the Xbox 720 in the end.
The hardware kit that sold on eBay, did so at a price of $20,000+, but that wasn’t even the best part of the auction. According to developers, the auction also had images attached that showed an older build of Visual Studio 2012 with the “Durango” name attached to it. Developer Rafael Rivera said that could suggest that the new Xbox will be running on the Windows 8 software. I personally do not know where he gets that information from, but I am not a developer, so we’ll just leave it at that for now.
In the meantime, I am sitting here trying to figure out whether or not the Xbox running WIndows 8 is going to be a problem for ME. Since I am a selfish gamer, I just want to make sure that my gaming time is spent kicking ass and taking names rather than wondering why my Xbox won’t play a game or the reason it just froze up while I was in the middle of making sweet head shots in Call of Duty.
Let’s hope that Microsoft can at least move the console forward in time with the updated model. If not, we might be sitting around with the good ol’Xbox 360 just like those of us still stuck on the Microsoft XP operating system.
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