Rumour – Microsoft to bring in Xbox, PC, mobile under one ecosystem

Friday, 15th July 2011 09:16 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Microsoft will dial in Xbox, PC and mobile under one existing OS, according to This is My Next.

The site claims that MS will “harmonize not only Windows for PCs and Windows Phone, but also the Xbox operating system sometime within the next four years.”

As noted, the timeframe of such a move would come at the ten-year cycle of Xbox 360, as well as an expected three-year run for Windows 8 when it launches next year. This is despite rumours that the next Xbox will launch in 2014.

TIMN also claims that Microsoft is considering the decision to drop the Windows brand in favour of a rebranding with this supposed super OS.

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  1. Blerk

    I hope they’re packing the next Xbox with a metric shit-tonne of memory, then.

    Edit: Wait, ‘considering dropping the Windows brand’? Pft. Not a fucking chance.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    I don’t see that happening well, Microsoft may have some nice ideas but they never execute them right.
    @1, 4gb if it’s big on multitasking, otherwise 2 will do.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    But if it is true, how they are going to emulate Xbox titles there?

    Unless they are going against x86 architecture.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. FabioPal

    @3 they are, Win8 is supposed to run even on ARM architectures ;)

    BTW they’ve already rebranded the mobile OS…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Zeydlitz

    So what? Microsoft would have 3 different builds of one OS? But it does not mean that xbox programm would run on arms or PCs. If developer made only xbox version of game, than same OS on PC does not give any advantage. Such step may or may not be helpfull for porting some programs to another platforms, but poring is for developer, not end user.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. rainer

    People are reading too much into this, plus thisismynext are morons with only half a clue about technology;
    A) Microsoft are unifying their UI’s across various platforms, this is a good thing and long overdue.

    B) MS will eventually (were talking very long term) have one OS that runs atop PC’s, laptops, tablets and smartphones. If you’ve seen the Motorola Atrix then you’ve seen what Microsofts long term plan is, a smartphone that docks and becomes a PC.

    C) The Xbox doesn’t really factor into this, it already is running a variant of the Windows NT kernel which is what Windows uses along with Windows Server, Windows Embedded and so forth that isn’t going to change. What they are saying is that the Xbox will tie into this new ecosystem so you could leverage certain features, with your tablet or phone with the Xbox.

    Microsoft is not going to abandon decades of proven code with a new OS that runs on everything.

    There is no super OS to cover everything rather MS may be looking to re-brand it’s various OS implementations into one marketable item like iOS runs on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, AppleTV and so on.

    What your going to see is
    * A platform agnostic app store [debut's with Windows 8]
    * Unified login for all services Live [already exits]
    * Unified UI’s across various platform [already in process]
    * All the stuff from touch/tablet land pushing content to your Xbox or web browsing, display mirroring and so forth.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. IL DUCE

    @6 Sounds good to me…only comment I will make is that iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad are basically all the same device…iPhone just has phone and text capabilities and the iPad is basically a giant iPod Touch…so its not a very hard thing to be running the same OS on all three since they are the same basic hardware…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    Android would have been a better example, although I don’t know if it’s a factor in tvs yet.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Joe_Gamer

    It’s all a matter of opinion but I would rather MS just kept all their “live” crap off my PC. I don’t want a live account, I don’t want xbox integration, I don’t want a tablet interface, yup I’m probably gonna hate window 8.

    #9 4 years ago

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