Microsoft is reportedly creating a dedicated gaming tablet that incorporates its Xbox and Surface brands.
According to US tech site The Verge, “hardware planning” for the the Xbox Surface is already being carried out, information that suggests a release might not be far off.
The news follows leaked specs for a device called the ‘Xbox Surface’ which appeared online days before Microsoft’s Surface announcement and included a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution display, SD card support and four USB 3.0 ports.
New information suggests the tablet will feature an ARM processor and increased RAM to support gaming, but will run a custom version of Windows 8 rather than the full version seen on the Microsoft Surface Pro.
Details of how the tablet will integrate Xbox technology are thin on the ground at present but it has been reported that several buildings at Microsoft’s office in Silicon Valley known to house Xbox-focused teams have been locked down to maintain secrecy.
With rumours of a Microsoft-branded smartphone currently circulating and the recent release of the Xbox SmartGlass app that allows console control from a variety of Windows devices, a gaming-focused tablet doesn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility.