Microsoft’s new tablet computer/laptop hybrid product ‘Surface’ has revealed another feature, and while it may not be a unique selling point that sees consumers flocking to shelves, it is one which will be of importance to those that are interested.
During a Q&A session on San Francisco (USA)-based ‘social news’ website Reddit, developers of the Microsoft Surface confirmed that their product is to be compatible with ‘Xbox 360 USB controllers’, enabling the potential for gaming on the product.
The speaking member of the development team said of their testing process, which unusually did not include the also USB-connected Xbox Kinect motion sensor system: “We used the 360 USB controllers to play with Surface all the time and they work great. We have not tried Kinect yet.”
The product, powered by the Windows 8 operating system (which will also be released on 26 October), is to include USB 2.0 support as opposed to the newer 3.0 compatibility, with the company claiming that they prefer the range of accessories available to use as ‘previous generation input’ opposed to the more up-to-date but slightly lacking in quantity 3.0.
Meanwhile, they also noted that no ‘data connectivity’ features will be available on the device, as they issue their belief that ‘a majority of users’ will only be using their device at home. Set to be available on launch day in the USA, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, and the UK region, will Microsoft’s latest product be successful enough with what it is able to connect to?