When the Xbox One was first unboxed, many people couldn’t believe how horribly big and bulky it was. Some joked it was the size of a VCR, while others called it a giant brick. Compared to its competitor, the PS4, it weighed much more, too. But in 2016, that all might be changing.

According to GameSpot, Microsoft blogger Brad Sams announced today that Xbox might be looking at a lightweight, less powerful model for 2016, exclaiming that,
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.

Could you imagine the bulkiness of the Xbox One transforming into the lightweight box of an Apple TV? When he talks about Windows Store games, he means games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and smaller games like Fruit Ninja. And don’t forget handy apps like Facebook, Netflix and Amazon. He also went on to say,
If this device does materialize, it will not launch until the second half of the year and have a much lower price-point than the Xbox One.

One Twitter user agreed with the rumor, saying the size of the Xbox One was bound to decrease sometime.


Of course, people will want to know what kind of storage the device would come with, considering the lightweight Xbox will be competing against Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV with major gaming titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition. How much storage and what kind of processor can be squeezed into a small box like that? The Amazon Fire TV has 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of flash storage and a Qualcomm Krait 300 1.7 Ghz quad-core processor. The Roku 3 is beefier with the Broadcom Merlyn 900 Mhz dual-core processor, but only 512 MB of space. I’ve owned both and I think the Roku 3 runs a lot better than the Amazon Fire TV. So if a lightweight Xbox gets released in 2016, let’s hope they focus on storage and the type of CPU to make app-streaming and game-playing flow seamlessly.

After going through all of this information, it sounds like the lightweight Xbox One might not be an Xbox at all, but the next big streaming device that people will use to quit cable. In other words, not a gaming device, but a TV and movies device. When the Xbox One was announced, Microsoft did stress that it wouldn’t just be a gaming console, but an entertainment console with an emphasis on apps and devices that enhanced the entertainment experience. Even though this is just a rumor for now, it’s fair to say the lightweight Xbox would fall right in line with that plan.

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