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Next-Generation Xbox to Be Media Hub

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 4 May 2005 22:23:58 -0400

By FRANK BAJAK AP Technology Editor

SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox gaming console
will be more of a digital entertainment hub than its predecessor,
making it even more of a PC hybrid than ever, Bill Gates told a
meeting of business journalists on Monday.

The console, code-named Xenon, is due to be previewed in an MTV
half-hour special later this month.

Gates, Microsoft's chairman and co-founder, was vague on specific
features of Xenon but said the company's consoles would be evolving to
include improved communications tools for making multiplayer online
gaming more convivial.

He told the annual meeting of the Society of American Business Editors
and Writers that Xenon's software menu would be similar to that of the
company's Media Center edition of Windows, which is designed for
computers meant to be located in the living room.


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