Microsoft secretly building 7-inch Xbox Surface?

Microsoft working on gaming ‘Xbox Surface’ 7-inch tablet. The rumor was revealed by The Verge, which is cited multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. The Xbox Surface is expected to include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM designed for gaming purpose.

Messaging and other tablet functions may be supported, but the focus is on gaming. The rumored tablet is said to run a custom Windows kernel. Microsoft is currently one of the leading gaming console makers along with Sony and Nintendo. The rising of smartphones and tablets reduce the popularity of gaming console in consumer market.

Microsoft recently released its first Surface tablet, a 10-inch device designed to compete with Apple’s iPad. Like the iPad, the Surface is an all-purpose computing device capable of browsing the Web and editing documents, in addition to playing games.