Sarcastic wrote:Also, I hate it when companies try to mix everything into their creation so theirs was the ONLY thing needed for EVERYTHING. A cable thing on the xbox. For what purpose, I say. And I guess that goes into customers' cost and also one more thing that can go wrong with it.
From having sold home theater equipment I can tell you that in most American homes they dont use all the equipment they have (DVD/bluray/game system/digital media player/stereo receiver) because the wife cant or wont learn how to use it. They are too intimidated to flip from HDMI 1 where the cable box is to AV 1 where the dvd player is, so they don't watch movies. Therefore they don't buy movies - they watch them on demand.
Microsoft added a bluray drive to increase the capacity of the discs - 4K will be mainstream during the lifetime of the console. Adding that was cheaper than developing their own standard or going back to HD-DVD for higher capacity games. So now your game system can also play movies. No flipping tv inputs.
It won't act as a cable box itself - it will rely on HDMI-CEC to talk to a cable box. You will plug your cable box into it via hdmi, then plug the xbox into the tv. This will overlay a media rich GUI similar to Google TV, the difference is that Microsoft isn't going to half-ass it and you won't need crumby ir blasters to change channels - channel changing will be done via HDMI-CEC (this is why they will need partner companies - ones that offer cableboxes and firmware for them that will allow it)
Now once again you don't have to worry about switching inputs. You can watch your DVR'd shows, play games, stream House of Cards via Netflix, catch up on Game of Thrones via HBO Go, rent a new release via Vudu, and watch bluray discs.