Next-Gen Xbox codenamed "Loop" and will run Windows 9?

Cheaper, Smaller, and running Windows 9. That's what recent rumours are suggesting, the next generation Xbox console could be revealed running the unannounced Windows 9 operating system at E3 2012, and has been rumoured to be codenamed Loop.

Even though Windows 8 isn't publicly available yet, new rumours are suggesting that Microsoft is planning to run the Windows 9 operating system on the next generation Xbox console.

MS Nerd, who is known for being correct with trusted sources says: "The Xbox is another story altogether. 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."

He continues: "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. It will be cheaper than the 360, further enabling Kinect adoption. And it will be far smaller than the 360. It will also demonstrate how Windows Phone could possible implement Win9’s dev platform on the lower end."

The next generation Xbox console is also rumoured to be revealed at E3 2012, and released sometime in 2013, but MS Nerd thinks that Windows 9 RTM will be released at E3 2014. Could Microsoft be holding the next generation console back until Windows 9 code is finished?

Of course, this is a huge rumor and should be taken as such. What do you think, will Microsoft bundle an altered Windows 9 core with the next generation Xbox? Leave your thoughts below!

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