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NewsPoster May 10, 2013 06:19 AM
WSJ: Microsoft working on $99 video-streaming set-top box
Microsoft is looking to create a set-top box for media playback, according to one report. Continuing <a href=" s.casual.gaming/" rel='nofollow'>previous rumors</a>, the software giant is working on a device that will allow users to sign onto Xbox Live and use its apps to view streaming video, effectively cloning the non-gaming aspects of the Xbox 360 game console into a relatively-cheap product. <br />
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It is suggested by <a href="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">the</a> <em>Wall Street Journal</em> that such a device would cost $99, putting it on par with the <a href=" s.not.affected/" rel='nofollow'>Apple TV</a> and the more-expensive model of <a href=" ones/" rel='nofollow'>Roku</a>. Sources claim it has gone through a number of iterations, including ones with Kinect-style motion controls. While it is still allegedly being developed, it is possible that Microsoft may shelve the project, as a cheaper Xbox 360 price once the company's new console launches could severely hit the demand for such a set-top box. <br />
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A living room device for streaming video from the Internet is also being looked into <a href="" rel='nofollow'>by Amazon</a>. Rumors last month and reiterated yesterday suggests it could build a device that will concentrate on providing Instant Video and Prime Instant Video to customers, rather than through apps on other systems.
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