Microsoft’s Xbox One had a pretty decent 2015. The company introduced a handful of games for the Xbox One, and they have also teased some upcoming titles that are coming in 2016. Now, a new report claims that Microsoft could be planning to take on the Apple TV with a “lightweight Xbox One”. According to the report from Petri, Microsoft is internally considering plans for the lightweight Xbox One. The lightweight Xbox One may only be able to run games from the Windows Store, which has a pretty decent collection of games. Additionally, the lightweight Xbox One will also be able to play movies and other videos from the Windows Store. Essentially, it will be a “box for Windows Store” which will allow Microsoft to compete directly with the Apple TV.
“I have heard from internal sources that the company is considering plans for a lightweight Xbox One that may only be for Windows store games and would compete with the Apple TV, but it’s not clear if these plans have been scrapped. A similar device was rumored around the initial Xbox One launch and those plans were put on hold but this device is said to be from a similar vein. If this device does materialize, it will not launch until the second half of the year and have a much lower price-point than the Xbox One.”
The device seems to be in the early stages of planning, and it may get canceled – so don’t expect Microsoft to launch it anytime soon. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how the company’s plans unfold in 2016, so stay tuned for more news on this next year.
Until then, tell us if you would like to get something equivalent to the Apple TV from Microsoft in the comment section below.