New Xbox 360 media center

There is talk that Microsoft and Toshiba are working on adding a HD-DVD drive to the Xbox 360. That is interesting and should have been done from the beginning but the real rumor is that Microsoft wants to turn it into a better media center extender. It will have wireless, 1080p output, and built in HD tuners. I like the fact that it would be a single unit that does it all. For most that will work, but for me I want the full house distribution. This means central server/recorder and extenders on every TV. The price with the new features I’m guessing will be expensive. The site thinks that the new version will be out in late 2008 or at CES in 2009.

The new Xbox device, while allowing for extensive gaming capability, will be positioned as an entertainment hub that includes gaming and extensive wireless networking capability as well as 1080p playback. There is also talk of it including a dual HD TV tuner and EPG capability and a docking port for an MP3 player. For Toshiba, the device is critical if it is to be successful in beating Sony and the Blu-ray promoters.

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