What is does:
- Plays games
- Serves a Media Center Extender and to stream digital video, audio, and photos from networked PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition.
- the ability to stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras, and Windows XP-based PCs."
- Video camera attachment. Details are unclear.
- IBM PowerPC-based three-core CPU running at 3.2GHz and half a gigabyte of RAM. This is more powerful than most desktop machines.
- Customized ATI graphics processor capable of advanced antialiasing and shader effect
- Supports true 720p and 1080i wide-screen HDTV images for all of its games
- Multichannel surround sound is also standard
- Supports up to four wireless controllers to cut down on cable clutter
- Supports Wi-fi (detailed unknown)
- Won't support Blu-ray (successor to DVD)
- Expanding the Xbox from a game console to a media center may backfire. Current all-in-one media centers are complex, difficult to use and haven't sold particularly well.
- Sony's Playstation 3, due out in early 2006, will use an IBM-build seven-core CPU that will offer even better performance than Xbox. In addition, the Sony will support Blu-ray.