One of the under the radar rumors to circulate concerning streaming television and set top boxes at the end of 2015 was that Microsoft would be introducing a device called the Xbox One Slim to be released in 2016.
According to Petri IT Knowledgebase they 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.”
A similar device had been rumored in the past. Basically the rumors say that it will have access to the Microsoft mobile app store and a channel lineup selection like the Roku, Firestick, and Apple TV.
While I can see Microsoft wanting to get into the streaming channel space, I seriously doubt they will call the device the Xbox One Slim. MS has put a lot of real capital into marketing the Xbox One as cutting edge gaming, and have a device that only plays mobile games with the same name seem s far fetched.
What I do look for them to do is perhaps launch a standalone streaming device that also accesses their mobile app store, but most likely they will do a full on marketing offensive to push the Xbox One as an OTT streaming device and gaming platform, a one stop device for your living room.
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