Bill lets slip about Xbox Next
Talking to the French financial newspaper Les Echos, Bill Gates let slip some of the features to be included in the Xbox 2 (or Xbox Next as it is believed to be called) and how it will attempt to take over the living room.
The Microsoft boss stated that “the next-generation Xbox will feature digital media capabilities such as video and photo editing in addition to games.”
Despite repeated assertions that Xbox is “just a games console,” this moves it even closer toward the complete home entertainment system ideal. It appears the way forward is for this to be fully connected on a wider network, a linked home system that does pretty much everything.
As Bill Gates suggests, the Xbox 2 will feature “Internet capabilities without the need for direct connections through Wi-Fi.”
All these extra capabilities aren’t as unusual as they sound for a console, as DVD instead of CD was a surprise inclusion at the time of the PS2 announcement. Don’t be surprised if Xbox 2 also has video recording like TiVo and other gizmos and gadgets. More on the ‘Xbox 2’ or ‘Xbox Next’ when we get it.