Do I have to buy an Xbox 360 if I want an extender?
I’ve been poking around Microsoft’s new Media Center site and noticed this page focusing on Media Center around the house.
It appears that the Xbox 360, which includes Media Center Extender technology, is going to be the primary way to send digital media around the house, and that the older, simpler, cheaper extender technology is being phased out.
This seems like a mistake to me. I’m not a gamer, and I really have no desire to become one. I’m a digital media enthusiast, and I suspect there are a lot of folks like me out there. Today, we can buy a Linksys Media Center Extender for a little over $200. The Xbox 360 will start at $299, but if I want a wireless controller I’ll have to pay $399 for the hard-drive-equipped model?
Isn’t there any option for the digital media enthusiast who isn’t a gamer?