NEWS - Monday, January 12, 2004

New Details On Xbox Media Center

One variety of Microsoft’s Media Center Extender technology, shown for the first time this week here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, significantly expands the capabilities of the Xbox. With a special DVD and remote control, the Xbox will be able to communicate with a Media Center PC in another room to let someone watch content from the computer on a TV. (The Media Center Extender software will also come in set-top boxes and inside TVs.) Microsoft hasn’t yet released expected prices for any of the devices. At CES today I got a chance to talk about the Xbox Media Extender with Cameron Ferroni, the general manager of the Xbox platform team. He called the use of the Media Center Extender for the Xbox one example of how the company has been working to expand the capabilities of the video-game console. (Another is the Xbox Music Mixer karaoke program that debuted last year.)


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