The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is building its own 7-inch gaming tablet.

Multiple sources seem to be confirming that hardware planning for the effrt are underway and the preliminary name is Xbox Surface.

RUMORED specifications for an Xbox Surface 7-inch tablet computing device leaked back in June.

They were as follows:

  •  A 7 inch multi touch LED display, with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels
  • SD card slot,
  • Custom ARM processor
  • 1.2GB GDDR memory
  • Full Direct3D 11 support
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1440p output
  • 250 GB of storage

More from the Verge:

The Xbox Surface will likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed specifically for gaming tasks. We’re told these specifications could be altered to accommodate an unannounced Intel SoC and that the Xbox Surface is being developed independent of specific hardware architecture. Microsoft’s Xbox Surface won’t run a full version of Windows, rather this 7-inch tablet will run a custom Windows kernel. Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming.

We’ve learned that part of the Xbox Surface is being developed at Microsoft’s offices in Silicon Valley. The software giant recently locked down several Xbox-related buildings, limiting employee access to the company’s Interactive Entertainment Business division. The lock down is likely related to Microsoft’s increased testing of the tablet, providing a way for other parts of the Xbox team to build games and software for the device. Providing the project doesn’t get killed in favor of a full 7-inch Windows tablet, in the same way Microsoft axed Courier, expect to see the Xbox Surface debut ahead of Microsoft’s future Xbox console.

Microsoft has not issued a comment (as usual).

It seems a curious development that Microsoft has chosen to go down this path. I would have thought that a Surface Phone would be WAY more of a priority than a gaming tablet.

In light of the stellar (sarcasm) Windows Phones coming from their partners and Apple’s perceived innovation deficit with iPhone 5, I would have thought that this would be the perfect time to deploy a signature phone.

What do you all think?

Do you see the need for a 7 inch Xbox Surface Tablet?

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  1. I would be likely to consider it. My Nexus 7 has taken over for my 3DS as my portable platform of choice, and all I find myself missing in it is the cohesive Xbox Live platform. This would cover that well.

  2. I definitely can see it. They lead in gaming right now and this would be a nice move to ensure that continues, especially if it cooperates nicely with the next XBox (I’m imagining that they will be launched at the same time). If it could do what the Vita does – starting a game at home and finishing on the go or vice versa – but do it better, they could have a nice addition to their goal to control all of our screens.

  3. Hell yah ill love this device, this is wat I have been waiting for……. Cos ill rather buy xbox surface than surface tab…

  4. if it would be a more powerful surface rt tablet running full windows rt, then it would make since to purchase a device like this. But if it turns out to be a gaming only device with no real operating system, then it’ll most definitely be a failure. Or why not just use the existing surface rt tablet and release xbox surface games on it? The current surface rt tablet is more than capable of running high quality games with the specs that it houses. Yes it has a Tegra 3 SoC, which is no longer bleeding edge, but it is no slouch either, and I don’t believe that it has been pushed even close to it’s maximum capability. Also the surface rt has 2 gb ram which is more than adequate for a mobile gaming platfrom. I think having 3 tablets out at the same time would be a serious mistake for Microsoft and would only add to the already confusing scenario of Windows 8 vs Windows RT. Microsoft, why not utilize the platform you already have on the market? And by adding xbox quality games to the surface rt platform it would sell even more tablets than they already have.

  5. Yes, you’re right about now being a good time to show that fruit company, but why not build all three devices, PC, tablet, phone?

  6. agree this is perfect timing for this tablet. More people are buying xbox’s for games and multimedia stuff and less people are buying Ipads because of the same reason. This intern will kill 2 birds with one stone as the saying says.
    It will give apple and nintendo huge competition for both the tablet and handheld gaming market.

  7. It would be nice if Microsoft did build a tablet that lets you play games like Halo and Gears.

  8. It does seem like Microsoft is Microsoft’s worst enemy! Windows surface tablet is a non-starter, they’ve managed to piss off a lot of customers with Metro, lots of doubt about Windows phone, etc. They could have had a great product with windows 8 & the tablet market but screwed it all up. Xbox surface? get real! Maybe it’s time for some fresh management.

  9. It is confirmed. MS IS building this and to make it even sweeter, the Windows 8 tablet that is coming out after Jan 1st will beat all the others in size as they will be using the same thing/programs that Apple is using for ultra clear crisp and defined pictures…and this will be a 13 to 14 inch tablet. a lot bigger then Apples best tablet on the market today so unless Apple wants to start to lose a major share of their sales, they will have to introduce a tablet that is just as big and does just as much…and they dont even have one of these on the drawing board. Jobs is rolling over in his grave as Apple is being badly thumped in the phone area, and soon to be in the tablet area. Unless things change at Apple’s HQ and swiftly, I dont see them being around in 10 years as MS is eating their lunch and kicking their arse at the same time.

  10. Microsoft is casting a wide net. Gamers will buy anything. The tablet itself does not have to be very big if it has a displayport. I would say the game box of the future will be a TABLET.

  11. Would be interesting if they did an Xbox surface with internal kinect that would read your palm/finger movements into a game … pointing a finger to trigger a gun or sword slash or … or should we bet that the xbox developers are dreaming that already? 😉

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