Microsoft experimenting with tablet controller for next Xbox - Report

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.

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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.

Rumor has it Microsoft is experimenting with a tablet controller for its next-gen console.
Rumor has it Microsoft is experimenting with a tablet controller for its next-gen console.

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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