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Microsoft's Xbox 360 bulks up even more

Early Friday morning, a story made its way over to Engadget detailing the next generation Xbox 360 console. Engadget showed a single image of the I/O ports on the back of console complete with a new HDMI port. The story also noted that Zephyr would feature a cool-running 65 nanometer IBM Xenon PowerPC processor and larger 120GB hard drive. The leaked details of the upgraded hardware on the Xbox 360 have lead to furious debates online spreading to sites like AnandTech, Engadget and Xbox-Scene.

But that is not all that Microsoft has in store for Xbox 360 owners this year. The other half of Microsoft’s grand scheme, a serious Microsoft bid for the IPTV market, was leaked on early Saturday by Dean Takahashi. Takahashi, a blogger for A+E Interactive, has always had excellent access to industry leaders including NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsuan Huang and Microsoft COO Kevin Turner.

Microsoft today confirmed what was earlier reported by Takahashi -- the Xbox 360 will not only serve as a game console, Media Center Extender and a portal for TV show/movie downloads, but it will also serve as an IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) device.

Although Microsoft made no official announcement of providers for IPTV service on the Xbox 360, AT&T already uses Microsoft IPTV software and is likely to jump onboard. And with services like video-on-demand (VOD) and digital video recording likely to be provided, it makes perfect sense that Microsoft would be likely be pushing a larger 120GB hard drive instead of the "paltry" 20GB currently in service.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 currently has the ability of streaming high-definition content through the use of a Windows Media Center PC. IPTV allows users to take advantage of high-definition TV programming over a standard broadband connection without the need for a PC. Microsoft says that the service will roll out later this year.

The addition of IPTV on the Xbox 360 platform would give Microsoft a distinct advantage over its Japanese rivals. Consumers will now having gaming, access to PC multimedia content, online access to music/music videos, downloadable TV shows and movies,  IPTV with PVR and VOD and the option of HD DVD playback with the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive all from a single console. Microsoft is truly attempting to make the Xbox 360 the multimedia centerpiece for your connected home and this may just be the icing on the cake.



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By crystal clear on 1/8/2007 5:49:45 AM , Rating: 2
Some of Bill Gates comments-

* "connected experiences" were now the most important part of new technologies.


* People want to do things with their content across multiple platforms

* Young people spend more time with their Windows PC than watching TV,

* Mr Bach told delegates that Microsoft's work in developing IPTV (internet protocol TV), which allows programmes to be delivered live or on demand over an internet connection, would soon come to Xbox 360 games consoles.

By the end of 2007 partner companies will be offering IPTV services to Xbox 360 owners, he said.

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I think enough indications were given,what to expect from the Xbox & the direction MS will go into.








RE: Gates
By crystal clear on 1/8/2007 6:07:25 AM , Rating: 4
Bill Gates: 2007 International Electronics Show
2007 International Consumer Electronics Show
Bill Gates Keynote
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 7, 2007

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/spee...


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