Rumor has it that Microsoft is lining up yet another Surface Tablet release date for the coming months, though in this instance the device causing a stir is the mysterious Xbox Surface Tablet. If true, questions immediately spring to mind as to what on Earth an Xbox Surface Tablet would represent.
A pure-gaming Surface Tablet with massive specs? A tweaked Surface Tablet designed to work as an accessory for the Xbox? Part of the Xbox 720 release date spectacle? It could prove to be any or none of the above, but reports are flying in at record-pace that a new Surface Tablet carrying the Xbox branding is indeed coming soon.
Probably the most sensible and therefore likely scenario of all is that the Xbox Surface Tablet will launch as an accessory for the Xbox 720 delivering a thousand and one new functions and features. Just as the Wii U has recently pioneered the idea of using fully-functional tablet-style controllers to enhance the gaming experience, Microsoft may be looking to go one better with the use of the Xbox Surface Tablet. Exactly when the Xbox 720 release date will come about remains a mystery however, though once announced it is likely that this will also signal the launch date of the Xbox Surface Tablet.
Another possibility is that of the Xbox Surface Tablet launching as an all-new standalone gaming device in its own right, running either existing Xbox titles or a new range of games. Given the track record of other gaming tablets however this seems unlikely as while mobile gaming has indeed become the world’s favorite, hard-core gamers still favor the console experience which does not translate well to tablet PCs.
Last but not least, the Xbox Surface Table could be something of a modest mix of both of the above – i.e. a largely standard Surface Tablet that Microsoft has optimized for gaming and also boosted compatibility with its Xbox console. In either and all cases however, chances are it isn’t going to hit the shelves for cheap and as an accessory therefore could prove to be about the most expensive the market has seen in a long time.