Xbox 360 + MCE = Media Bliss?
I haven’t yet talked about what has been deemed “Xbox 360”, but Jeremy Allaire has an interesting post about what it might mean for media distribution. For those who have not heard anything about Xbox 360 here’s a quick overview for you. Xbox 360 is the supposed name for the next Xbox, what most of us would think of as Xbox 2. The problem is that Sony is soon be pushing Playstation 3. It’s not hard to imagine that the uninformed consumer during the holiday season is going to go: Hmm Playstation 3 vs Xbox 2? Which is better? Well, 3 is up on 2 so I must be better! Okay, maybe or maybe not.
In terms of Xbox 360 and Media Center, Jeremy suggests a few things that would make it killer for media distribution is the home. According to the post it will be a powerful HD-capable DVD player, networked Internet media device, a networked PVR, when used as a Media Center Extender, an unbelievable gaming platform, inexpensive, and NOT a PC or even attempting to be a PC.
All of this sounds great to me, the one thing I would be interested in is the “a powerful HD-capable DVD player”. It has been suggested that the Xbox 360 will feature a standard DVD drive and not a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray drive, to (among other things) to keep the price down. Maybe this might mean it will output HD over the network Extender, or maybe they will be smart enough to make this box upgradeable! Upgrade the DVD drive to a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD? That’s a huge selling point in my opinion, however I don’t think I need any other reasons to purchase the Xbox 360.