Xbox: Your Next TV Receiver?

360Dean Takahashi — and this is a man who knows his Xbox, having written two books on the subject — says that Microsoft has yet another announcement for CES regarding Xbox 360. Apparently, after patting themselves on the back for moving ten million units, they’ll announce that the console will, later this year, be usable as a set-top box for IPTV. That’s television via the Interwebs.

For sure, there are a ton of unanswered questions here. But the prospects are interesting. Could AT&T give away Xbox 360s for free in exchange for users signing up for subscriptions to IPTV service, which gives high-definition programs, video on demand, and digital video recording? Will Microsoft have to come out with a larger hard disk drive for the Xbox 360 in order to allow it to fulfill the digital video recording function?

All very interesting questions. Will this affect the console war? Depends on how crazy they’re gonna go with it. If they do pursue partnerships like the ones Takahashi speculates about, they could see their userbase skyrocket. By the way, doesn’t this factor in somehow to the whole net-neutrality debate?

Microsoft Crosses 10 Million Xbox 360s Sold [Mercury News]

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