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Microsoft’s secret gaming tablet outed

Redmond building Xbox Surface in isolation of console partners

Microsoft’s secret gaming tablet outed
A gaming version of the Surface is rumoured to be in development.

Microsoft is building a 7-inch gaming tablet to be known as the Xbox Surface, reported theverge.com.

Redmond insiders have confirmed that initial specifications leaked in June ahead of Microsoft's Surface RT and Surface Pro announcement, were accurate and that development of the tablet is proceeding.

The tablet is expected to house dedicated gaming architecture including a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM, but according to The Verge these plans may yet be changed in favour of a dedicated all-in-one Intel chip.

The Xbox Surface will support other standard tablet functionality, but will be focused on gaming and will run a customise Windows kernel rather than a commercial version of the Microsoft operating system.

Insiders say the production process has been isolated from Microsoft's Xbox partners and that future Xbox consoles would be separate projects fulfilled by Pegatron or Foxconn.

It has also been reported that Microsoft recently quarantined a series of Xbox buildings at its Silicon Valley operation, which could be related to testing of the secret tablet.

The insiders expect the Xbox Surface to be announced ahead of the new Xbox console.

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