Bill Gates on the High Definition XBox

Xbox: Gates slips up for once: Todd Bishop of the Seatle PI has a nice post out covering a talk Bill Gates gave yesterday at a national convntion of business editors and writers. Among other things:

“Gates talked about consumer adoption of high-definition displays, which Microsoft is incorporating into its strategy as it takes on market leader Sony Corp. and its dominant PlayStation franchise.

“What will the year of high-definition be?” Gates asked, rhetorically. He then answered the question by saying that it would be tempting to think of it as “this year, because we’re going to ship this next Xbox.”


“On how the next Xbox, code-named Xenon, will be similar in some respects to the company’s Media Center PC software: “If you’re used that menu, when you use this Xenon, you’ll see a menu a lot like that, that lets you get photos, TV, music and all those different things.”

I love the fact that everyone from Microsoft keeps dropping the “high definition” phrases these days. This year may finally be the year that we see the true potential with HDTV cable/satellite support for MCE and HDTV streaming support with the new XBox as extender units.

I’m looking forward to the XBox launch on MTV coming up here in a few days and if Xenon indeed (and at this point I can’t imagine that it won’t ) can stream HDTV, go ahead and put me down for three units to start. I just wish I didn’t have to wait until Christmas to get one. Thanks, Scoble.

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  1. Dave2 says:

    And meanwhile, Apple has an HD codec in Quicktime (shipped), has rolled HD into iMovieHD (shipped), and has upgraded all their “Pro” tools for HD (ships in two weeks). I think a trend must be starting. 🙂