The user interface of the next-generation console from Microsoft may work rather similar to Windows 8, according to a former Microsoft executive.
In an interview with IGN due out Friday, ex-VP of Windows Sales Joachim Kempin revealed he believes the next gen console will feature an interface similar to the new Microsoft OS, and that a touch screen is always a possibility.
"I think the other thing they will try, there's no doubt about it, is it's going to be more Windows 8-like; maybe it gets a touchscreen, who knows?", the former employee stated. "Most of what's in there today really is Windows, right? I wouldn't be surprised if the next round of interface comes even closer to Windows 8 than it is today."
This is a move Kempin believes is necesary. In order to convince consumers to purchase the Xbox, he states that Microsoft will need to show people an evolution in the design process. Unfortunately, he also feels it may be unclear that the preoccupation with the console part of the business is endangering Microsoft's other endeavours, specifically mentioning the PC.
"On the [Xbox harder] itself there is no profit," he explained to an IGN reporter. "So the profit comes from all the other sources; royalties from game developers, maybe the next [Halo], maybe a new Kinect system... So when you look at that...God... it is such a small portion for their company... For me that whole environment is a distraction for the company."
In case you didn't catch it on IGN yesterday, Kempin has also stated Microsoft only got into the console business because Sony refused to work with them, stating that "Sony and Microsoft... they never had a very friendly relationship, okay? ... Microsoft just looked at that and said 'well, we have to beat them, so let's do our own."