Sony Kills Off Its VAIO VGX-XL3 Digital Living System
I’ve got several e-mail about this today, Sony appears to
have killed off their VAIO
VGX-XL3 Digital Living System less than a year after launching it. Announced
in January at CES, the XL3 didn’t ship until late April which actually means its life was
less than six months. Sony Style
representatives have confirmed the product has been discontinued, with no successor
announced as of yet other than the existing
VAIO TP Series which doesn’t feature CableCARD as the XL3 did.
This is an interesting development and raises some other
questions. Is Sony getting out of the
Media Center business all together, or are they getting ready to reposition
themselves to focus on the CI market? CE
Pro had a piece in April about whether
Sony is actually committed to the Media Center market after HP left, and at the time Sony
said “We don’t even make desktops anymore, whereas HP does. That shows you our
commitment.” Well, that seems to have
Hopefully Sony will address this decision one way or the
other. Personally, I can see Sony
getting out of the market. It is about
time for them to go off in their own direction.
I also don’t see the consumer market ever catching on to PCs in the
living room. The future is in Extenders
and different types of digital media adapters, not PCs.