Microsoft Reportedly Developing ‘Lightweight’ Xbox One To Battle Apple TV And Roku 4

I have a confession to make and it involves the Xbox One. There are two in my household -- one that sits upstairs in my son's room and another that resides in my living room. The one downstairs is mine and while I'd like to say I spend hours on the thing beating up foes and playing the latest titles, my use of the Xbox One is almost completely exclusive to streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu.

What a waste, right? The sad truth is I've found it hard to find the time to play games, or at least justify the time when deadlines loom, projects around the house need attending, and so forth. If I were to trade my Xbox One for a Roku or Apple TV, not much would change as far as my living room entertainment goes.

New Xbox One Experience

I'm sure there are others in similar situations, which is why it makes sense that Microsoft would consider an Xbox One Lite system. People like myself would be prime candidates, as would people who have no interest in playing big budget video games like Halo 5 and Fallout 4.

I bring this up because there's persistent chatter of Microsoft building an Xbox One Lite system. It's something that was rumored around the time the Xbox One came out, and there's still talk of a lightweight Xbox One coming out.

Windows Store Games

As rumored, it would be a slim set-top device similar to others that already exist. The advantage Microsoft would have is its lightweight Xbox One would support Windows Store games. Think of titles like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Minecraft, and Hitman Go -- quick hit games for the casual crowd that don't cost a lot.

There seems to be considerable interest in the streaming media market, as there are several set-top box and HDMI dongle options to choose from. Microsoft's brand recognition would give it easy entry into the market with a lightweight Xbox One device, and of course it would cost much less than a regular Xbox One console.

Whether or not this happens is something we'll have to wait and see. Word on the web is that a launch, if it's to be, would come in the second half of next year.