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Microsoft plans to cash in further on its current-gen console tech through the launch of the Xbox Lite, a smaller, inexpensive version of the 360, it has been claimed. Renowned Microsoft speculator, MS Nerd, provided details about the Xbox Lite last week and has been quick to reply in depth to questions posted on the Reddit.com …

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A news story about the speculations of a Microsoft fan? Wow.

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Yay

Thanks Microsoft, you are forcing another gimped gaming generation on everyone.

5 years ago, in an effort to bully your way in, and against the better good of gamers, you introduced the Xbox360 basic, with no HDD that relied on memory card for storage. As a result, the more expensive 360 suffered too, as developers coded for the lesser console, and barely took advantage of the HDD, in anything other than a install to HDD.

Now it's happening again.....

Screw you...

It's just a shame there are too many idiots willing to part with cash for your shite.

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Re: Yay

Are those big bullies at MS holding a gun to your head, forcing you to buy it? Quit whinging and let the market sort it out - game consoles are hardly life & death.

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The Xbox 360 shipped in 2005. Is it still 2010 in the twisted place you live?

Xbox 360 developers were never restricted by the existence of a model without hard drive. It just didn't have much meaning for most games beyond caching and good design takes care of that easily. It isn't like the early days of the PS3 where the new issues introduced by Blu-ray made the hard drive a necessity to compensate.

Nor were developers required to support the Arcade model. Games that required the hard drive, due to very large player data, were released in the first year. Such games are atypical of consoles but Microsoft never ruled them out.

Please point to an example of a game that was impaired due tot he need to run without a hard drive. And make sure it wasn't due to bad work by the developer before you commit to a name.

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ARM based 360???

I'm sorry but how is an ARM CPU supposed to stand in for the 360's PowerPC based Xenon CPU? It's not going to happen is it? The instruction set is wrong and there's blatantly not going to be enough horsepower for emulation.

Reading the original rumour it's clearly a Windows on ARM powered set top box with Kinect compatibility and built-in apps like Netflix, not a slimmed down, backwards compatible Xbox 360.

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Re: ARM based 360???

It's pitched against AppleTV. It doesn't need superpowers.

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Re: ARM based 360???

Agreed. I call bullsh*t on this rumor.

A new platform based on WOA could be of value for those looking for multimedia and light gaming for a low cost of entry. It won't run Xbox 360 games but quite a few could be ported quickly that were done in XNA.

I expect there is a considerable market for whom the Xbox is overkill but they'd like some of what it does for the right price.

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Re: ARM based 360???

whats the betting it'll be a "Raspberry Pi" in an XBox 360 case?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: ARM based 360???

Maybe its destined to be a media extender to rival the Ceton Echo also due out this year? Price point is about the same, either way its good if they've finally realised the potential market for WMC.

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