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January 16, 2002 11:51 AM


I recently commented that Microsoft will be using the Xbox as some type of trojan in the not-so-distant future. Some folks think I'm crazy, but this article at C|Net says...

Microsoft plans to transform its new Xbox game console into a general home device that handles everything from e-mail to video recording, according to analysts.

This transformation is a whole new box, which I think is a bad idea based on what the Xbox can already do. If MSFT were to release another box, and market it differently, I'd suggest that they would be competing with their own products (which is already a loss leader). Why not just release a keyboard and mouse for the Xbox? I can think of several after market upgrades that could be marketed for the Xbox that would be money makers, making the platform that much more viable. But the C|Net notes the following...

Besides playing Xbox games, the HomeStation will act as a digital video recorder, similar to devices from TiVo and Sonicblue's ReplayTV, and will perform Internet functions such as e-mail and Web surfing.

...which means there is now a reason to wait to buy an Xbox, because, if I can buy an Xbox++ that will do all this other stuff, then why would I want to buy the version that only plays games? I can't think of a reason. And I plan on buying a Tivo, because the Olympics start in 23 days!