Quote: Originally Posted by Vince53
Latest rumor: a blogger claiming inside information has posted that the next XBox will have a Windows 9 core. The truth? There is a lot of speculation that MS wants all their systems to have the same OS, as Apple already does. My opinion? An educated guess that is probably correct.
i think that is actually very likely. Take a look an W8's Metero interface and the latest XBOX 360 skin, and then see if you can truthfully say that elements can't be interchanged.
The only hiccup i can see is gaming, which can be solved by either only having XBOX hardware be compatible with the XBOX gaming, or require manufacturers to meet system requirements in order to have their computers XBOX games compliant.
The latter will usher in the era of multiple companies making XBOX consoles, allowing Microsoft to take over the gaming world. Microsoft would probably have to predefine tiers of performance or something, to make it easier to see what is required to run the latest games.
Think of it this way:
Tier 0: not classified as a XBOX game/console. Tier 0 game are essentially identical to current PC games, but will work on a system only if the system meets the minimum requirements for that specific game. Tier 0 games should work on all Tier 1 and above systems
Tier 1: Minimum system requirements required to be classified as an XBOX console. all games made for Tier 1 will work on Tier 1 systems and above
Tier 2: allows for better performance that Tier 1. Tier 2 games take advantage of the performance increases in Tier 2 and will not work on Tier 1, but will work on Tier 2 and above.
Tier 3: Console more powerful then Tier 2, games need Tier 3 and above.
And so on.
Gaming enthusiasts can build their own consoles, and can upgrade components in order to make it compatible with higher tier games as time goes on.