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Written by: Eddie Makuch

Company reportedly tinkering with Wii U-like touch-screen controller with HD screen and "traditional" Xbox 360 buttons and control sticks for next console; price tag could be over $500.



The next Xbox might follow Nintendo's Wii U and offer gamers a touch-screen controller, according to rumor from the latest issue of Xbox World Magazine.

As reported by CVG, Microsoft is reportedly experimenting with tabletlike touch-screen controller for the next Xbox. According to the magazine, the controller will sport a form factor similar to Sony's PlayStation Vita and will be smaller than the Wii U's tablet, which boasts a 6.2 inch screen.

More specifically, the magazine reports that in addition to a high-definition screen with touch-screen controls, the controller includes "traditional [Xbox 360] buttons and sticks."

As for how the supposed tablet controller might work with the console, the magazine suggests it could serve a number of functions. According to the magazine, "It could be a remote control when you're watching TV, a browser when you're on the Internet, extra buttons and information when you're playing a game, or a portable display when you want to take your game with you."

Incorporating a tablet controller into the next Xbox might also drive the console's price up. According to the magazine, the new console could boast a price tag over $500.

This rumor is not the first speculation regarding Microsoft incorporating a tablet-based controller option for its new console. GameSpot heard strong signs last month that a tablet component would figure heavily into the design of the next Xbox.

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Seriously you people are terrible. First Sony now microsoft. Your not even gonna wait till the console is released. Thats a whole nother level or Ripoffery.

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Somehow, I still don't see Sony or Microsoft immediately investing in these tablet controllers yet. Although, now that I think of it, they brought out the Move and Kinect mid-generation and they were both pretty successful (more so with Kinect) so why not bring these controllers out at the get-go? Sony in particular has been building this idea for a while.
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Copycats. Razz
In all seriousness I agree with Yoshi's comment, Sony and Microsoft are still unsure if this whole tablet controller thing will be successful, so they will likely see how popular it will be before releasing their own version of the controller. Wink
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How do these bloody corporations get away with corporate espionage, and copyright violations?
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