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New XBox easier to swallow with tablet controller?

February 13th, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

Gamespot are reporting that the latest issue of Xbox World Magazine is promoting a rumour that the next Xbox might follow Nintendo’s Wii U and offer gamers a touch-screen controller. Apparently Microsoft is keen to release a tablet controller with its next-gen console.

 According to the magazine, the controller will be similar to Sony’s PlayStation Vita but smaller than the Wii U’s tablet, which has a 6.2 inch screen. The tablet would have  HD touch-screen controls, as well as all the standard XBox buttons and sticks.

The magazine suggests, as far as functionality goes, that “It could be a remote control when you’re watching TV, a browser when you’re on the Internet, extra buttons and information when you’re playing a game, or a portable display when you want to take your game with you.”

The downside? Well it will drive the price up, with current etimates sitting well over $500.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….