PluggedIn: Entertainment HubSEATTLE - Is Microsoft beefing up its Xbox video game console to create a whole new device with multimedia abilities like TV recording, video-on-demand and digital music?
To hear the software giant tell it, no. But recent moves by the company have fueled talk about the rumored device, dubbed "HomeStation," or at least hinted at Microsoft's designs on the living room.
"This reared its head several weeks ago. The odd thing is there is no thing called the HomeStation product or initiative," a Microsoft spokeswoman said when asked about the mystery product.
But wait. While there was no HomeStation and no firm plan to update the Xbox with TV, video or Internet features, those things could be part of a long-term strategy for the product, she said.