Next Xbox cheaper, smaller, ARM-based — rumor

A heap of new rumors regarding the next-gen Xbox today; blogger “MS nerd,” who according to IG has reported reliable information about Microsoft’s canned Courier tablet, says the new system will sport a version of Windows 9, ARM-based processors, and is codenamed “Loop.”

“With a heady mix of rumors, tips and speculation, I am now stating that Xbox codename ‘loop’ (the erstwhile XboxTV) will indeed debut a modified Win9 core,” the blogger says.

“It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform-a ‘main’ processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It will be custom designed by Microsoft and two partners based on the ARM architecture.”

Furthermore, the new hardware is said to be cheaper and “far smaller” than the Xbox 360. “It will also demonstrate how Windows Phone could possible implement Win9’s dev platform on the lower end.”

Previous rumors would have us believe Microsoft is prepping the new console for an E3 2012 showing next summer, with a launch expected in 2013.