Microsoft Looking To Launch Dedicated Streaming Box Rival To Apple And Roku

Microsoft may not be the quickest when following the market, they were a little late entering the tablet pc arena for starters. Similarly, they have let another market mature before deciding whether to enter, as rumors suggest the are producing a streaming media box years after Apple and Roku became established.

Microsoft-streaming-boxThe story comes from the Wall Street Journal, who say that Microsoft have been developing designs for the product that will help them get a presence in the streaming media market. Although they currently have a streaming device in the Xbox which is already capable of streaming content to a TV, stripping out the expensive gaming hardware will result in a box that can compete with the $99 competition.

The box would still come with casual gaming capabilities and possibly a Kinect style motion and voice controls. This would bring Microsoft into competition with streaming devices from Apple TV, Boxee and Roku, as well as the new Amazon set-top box said to be coming later this  year.

As the new Xbox console is due be be unveiled later this month and is expected to be priced at around $300, maybe a $99 streaming box will be a good launch alongside it.

Any box will depend on content, and Microsoft do have a dedicated TV and film streaming service using the Xbox Live membership, plus they have existing relationships with many content providers.

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  1. Screwed by Xbox support
    Screwed by Xbox support May 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Xbox support sucks already. They’re just a bunch of incompetent liars. This just gives them more to screw up. I’m sure they can’t handle it.

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