Xbox 360 Will Kill Media Center | Tim Coyle Says: “So let’s do a quick checklist – the Xbox 360 can pull music, photos, and video off of any computer (or device) with Windows Media Connect? And it can also rip CD’s right to the hard drive? Plus it can play high-end video games and eventually will play HD DVD’s? Sounds like a ‘media center’ to me.”
The Xbox 360 will not kill the Media Center PC, don’t worry about that. The idea behind Media Center PC’s are that you get..
A full Windows XP PC
The ability access all your media from a single interface
The ability to extend the experience of Media Center around your home.
An Xbox 360 is part of 2 and 3, it doesn’t replace them nor will it. Most of all, the Xbox 360 will have no way to get a TV stream in without a Media Center PC. Unless I’ve been missing something since I started using Media Center when it was first released years ago, that’s a big part of it. 😉
Lastly, Microsoft has never said that the Xbox 360 will have or will ever ship with an HD-DVD drive. My guess has been that you will be able to stream an HD-DVD to your Xbox 360, however the verdict is still out if Microsoft is planning to add HDMI output (somehow) for 1080i output.
In addition, if you run down the checklist for what a Media Center PC can do—store all your music, photos, and video on your PC and access it from a single interface; record, watch, and timeshift TV; play high-end games; and eventually play HD-DVD’s, it does sounds like a Media Center to me. 🙂