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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Xbox Media Center Versus Xbox 360

XboxSpace takes a look at the media center on a modded original Xbox compared to the 360, and determines that the 360 comes up short:

One advantage that the 360 as a media center has over its XBMC counterpart is that there is no modding required, and it will work right out of the box.

The disadvantages of the 360 are that it is extremely limited in the file formats it can handle. Unless you have a Media Center Edition PC, you will not be able to stream videos; only pictures and audio. The 360’s stock HDD is 13GB out of the box, so if you want to download a trailer or game demo, you have to take the download and delete approach due to the space requirements of HD content.
-- XBMC VS Xbox 360

Interesting to compare illegal after market modifications to legitimate next-gen offerings, and something one would wish the industry would give a little attention. The 360 costs more, so why shouldn't it offer a more powerful solution than what someone can cobble together?

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