Xbox 720, or whatever the 360's successor is called, could feature a strong tablet component, according to a new report.
In a feature looking ahead to 2012, GameSpot writes:
"There are strong signs suggesting that, like with Nintendo's Wii U, a tablet component figures heavily into the new design. That saucy Windows 8 Metro interface (now also seen on the Xbox Dashboard) just begs to be touched.
"Speculation as to the form it will take has been rife for the past few months, with some even suggesting that the core of the new platform will be akin to a tablet PC that wirelessly connects to a base station, which in turn plugs into your TV.
"If this is the case, a premium Xbox Next setup could feasibly include a base station, a tablet, a conventional controller of some kind, and the recently discussed high-def evolution of the Kinect."
It's certainly an interesting rumour. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been tipped to make the first official announcement of a new Xbox when he delivers a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show tonight.
According to rumours last November, Microsoft will pursue a two SKU strategy for Xbox 720, with a pared down system to be released as cheaply as possible and a higher end model targeted at the hardcore.