More Details About Xbox Mini/Lite Leaked Online

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Previous reports pointed that Microsoft is working on two version of Xbox vNext from which one will focus on high-end gaming and other about low-cost media console. The low cost Xbox vNext dubbed Xbox Mini/Lite will have Apple TV like functionality and will not have any harddrive. if you want to play Xbox 360 games, you have to buy and play it on demand similar to services like Gaikai. VGLeaks provided a brief description about Xbox Mini, read it below.

The “Xbox Mini” is not a 360 add-on, it is a stand alone product that contains Xbox 360 functions for gaming, and alone it is meant to compete with Apple TV. Since it is likely it will not have a disc drive, it is being designed with “always online” in mind, and with internet being required for Live functions. Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games on Demand on Xbox Live (for new purchases) or if already purchased, simply download it. This also applies to music and movies. To further clarify, the Durango will also have these (TV) functions, just with next-genration gaming hardware instead of Xbox 360 at a higher price.

When used with Durango, it offers connectivity with it for backwards compatibility with both disc based and On Demand games, and it’s no more different than what Sony will be doing with Gaikai for playing PS3 games on PS4, only with Xbox it will be done locally and not through the cloud. You can control the Xbox Mini under a single interface and not have to worry about switching between devices in a single display input. These connectivity functions cannot work with existing Xbox 360 units due to the difference in external interface. The Xbox Mini was designed for this along side Durango.

Read more about it from the link below.

Source: VGLeaks



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  • David van der Zande

    If this is true that would be amazing!

  • Pookiewood

    no disc is fine by me as long as game prices come down. They can no longer use the disc as a way to justify pricing.

    • J A

      Discs are about 25cents each, so yeah you may see a decrease of 25cents in price. El o el.

    • TheOne2125

      What do you expect a game to cost as much as those 6.99 or 12.99 mobile games fat chance. NO mobile game compares to a console game let alone a PC one. Some games take 2 years or longer the good titles to make with at least 50 people working on it. You will not pay anybody with a 6.99 title.

      • Pookiewood

        No but $40 dollars as opposed to $60 would be nice. I don’t feel that is too much to ask. I’m willing to bet new games sales would greatly increase at that price point. The disc cost is marked up.

  • kullkid92

    This would surely sell, I for one would love to have xbox 720 in my room and the xbox 720 mini in my living room :) and this could possibly clear up some intentions of the ‘always on’ dilemma, maybe it is the xbox mini that has this always on function really baked in. I mean its clear the higher end xbox will let you play disc games with no internet whatsoever

    • LPHeadstrong

      I was thinking the same and really hope it’s true. Always online is a dealbreaker for me

  • arrow2010

    It won’t be a cute little hockey puck, so nobody will want it.

  • http://twitter.com/Bigtoe88 Rob Owens

    “Xbox Mini/Lite will have Apple TV like functionality and will not have any harddrive”
    I think they meant to say Disk Drive or DVD Drive. Since the article says “Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games on Demand on Xbox Live (for new purchases) or if already purchased, simply download it”
    Pretty sure the Xbox Mini/Lite will have a Hardrive.

  • kalval

    This seems like a very good idea. I bought my 360 primarily because of its media functionality (play-to, xbox music and video). When I tell others (especially older generations) how I use it to wirelessly play anything from my devices to my tv, and when I show them smartglass, they are surprised at how good it is for media consumption. But most people don’t want to pay for the gaming hardware just to get the media stuff. As long as MS informs people properly this will do well.