Web site: www.xbox.com
List price: TBD
At January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft's Bill Gates unveiled a new functionality for the Xbox 360. The company is planning to debut an IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) service before the end of the year that will allow the platform to act as a digital video recorder similar to TiVo, so users can record and watch TV programs. This new functionality works seamlessly with the 360. For instance, users can play 360 games while recording a favorite TV show or watch TV while talking with someone on their 360 friends list. Users will also have access to Xbox Live Marketplace, and the service would enable picture-in-picture channel browsing, movies and TV on demand, and searches for specific actors or directors.
Enabling this functionality through your 360 will require that you already have service with one of Microsoft's partners. Currently, AT&T is the only confirmed company onboard, and its compatible U-verse service is only available in five states at the moment.
For more video game news and reviews, check out the latest issue of Game Informer or visit the magazine's Web site at www.gameinformer.com.
(c) 2007, Game Informer Magazine, published monthly
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
Click here for more information about IPTV.