Vice president of Epic Games, Mark Rein, in an announcement of Unreal Engine 3 on the iPad, expressed his thoughts on the future of gaming consoles. He thought the future of Xbox gaming console could be a gaming tablet with a built-in Kinect.
Below is the excerpt from Rein’s statement
Imagine a future Xbox 360 that is actually a tablet you carry around. It will have more power than 360 does today, with technology like Kinect built right in. Imagine walking into a bar with some friends, propping it up on the table and playing games like Dance Central or Kinect Adventures anywhere you go. Then when you get home that same device will use technology like AirPlay or wireless HDMI to connect to your big screen, you’ll pick up a wireless controller, or use your phone as controller to play games like Gears of War.
I am, however, having hard time imagining how would Kinect work on a handheld device? If you have to prop it up to make it work, that’s plain stupid. Two people having hard time seeing anything at all on a 10 inch screen while playing the Xbox tablet is how it sounds to me. This either was way too creative an idea, so much creative that I can’t understand how would it work, or way too stupid.
This isn’t happening anytime soon though since Microsoft is sticking to Xbox 360 for now and Xbox 720 (or whatever is it called) isn’t on the tables.