Microsoft isn’t quite done turning the Xbox 360 into an entertainment hub for the living room.

Tom Warren over at The Verge reports that multiple sources familiar with Microsoft say the company plans to release a TV set-top box based on Windows 8 in early 2013. The “Xbox TV” console will be a “lite” and cheaper version of the new Xbox, which is dubbed as Xbox 720 and also set for a 2013 release.

The Verge reports that “Xbox TV” will focus on streaming multimedia content. It will support casual gaming titles, but not “full Xbox games typically found on a dedicated console.” Similar competitors include Roku and Apple TV.

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  • Forrest Corbett

    I wish a company would create one box to rule them all. The Xbox could easily be this. I have a custom built HTPC with which I can use for Neftlix, iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Live/recorded TV, music, games… but its days are numbered. Put Media Center on an Xbox and give it a pair of TV tuners, and I’ll buy it right now.

    MS shouldn’t just compete with TV, MS should blow it out of the water.

  • Guest

    Nice! That sounds ideal for me. Sadly, I use my Xbox for media about 90% of the time. A game-free variant, priced to compete with Roku, could help Microsoft own the living room.

  • guest

    This should have hit this Xmas season, like their leaked road plan originally indicated. A year from now Apple and Google will have made significant inroads into the living room. It’s a lot easier to lead from the front.

  • guest

    Maybe they should fix Xbox Music for Windows first.

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