Microsoft could be working on a smaller, lighter, portable and cheaper Xbox One Slim to compete against the likes of the Apple TV. Rumors of the such a device has been around from a long time, but nothing turned out to be true.
Xbox One Slim
According to Brad Sams of Petri IT Knowledgebase, Microsoft has plans to release a stripped down version of the Xbox One. The slimmed down, lighter version of the game console will be able to run games from the Windows Store.
If it does turn out to be true, don’t expect it to run Forza 6 or Halo 5, because there probably won’t be a disc drive. But, if the device could also stream games from a Windows 10 PC, that would surely sell the smaller Xbox like hot cakes.
” The Xbox may also receive an update next year, rumors of an Xbox slim style device picked up late 2015. I have heard from internal sources that the company is considering plans for a lightweight Xbox One that may only be for Windows store games and would compete with the Apple TV, but it’s not clear if these plans have been scrapped.”
The smaller Xbox One will also be cheaper than its big brother, obviously and seeks to compete with the Apple TV. The latest gen Apple TV is also a gaming device, as you can play several games from the App Store. If you didn’t know you could play games on the Apple TV, check out our list of best Apple TV games.
Microsoft will price the Xbox One Mini or Slim, whatever it’s called, somewhere around $150 – $199. The current gen Apple TV sells for $149 and it’s small, neat and powerful enough. The smaller Xbox One would also have to be small, powerful enough and priced well, to compete with the Apple TV.
The report also suggests that if Microsoft does launch such a device, it would happen in the second quarter of 2016. The Xbox One Slim/Mini would be sold alongside the Xbox One.