HomeStation=Son of XBox?

There's a Microsoft HomeStation article on PC Format (thanks Shacknews) that relates a scoop/rumor from this month's version of their print magazine on HomeStation, codename for a product they call "Microsoft's secret son of Xbox." According to the story, this would seem to be a home entertainment console capable of playing both PC and Xbox games, that will also "dish out movies, music, messaging, games and TV programming" served up by a Microsoft .NET server, while simultaneously serving as a digital TV recorder with a wireless interface for portable devices "such as digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players and telephones using HomeRF or Bluetooth protocols" (what, no dishwasher?). Here's a bit more from the story:
Microsoft is working on a top-secret home entertainment device code-named HomeStation. The PC/Xbox hybrid will run a version of Windows to form a home entertainment hub. The device will finally turn the idea of digital convergence into a living room reality. Following in the footsteps of the PC-influenced Xbox, the device is likely to be a non-upgradeable sealed unit, with a system board based on nVIDIA's nForce, boasting GeForce graphics and Dolby Digital sound. HomeStation will come equipped for an array of online and offline activities: a sizeable hard drive, broadband connection and compression technology based on Windows Media Player 8 - included with Windows XP - all point to a video-on-demand role.
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Re: Uhm WTF
Sep 12, 2001, 22:37
anon@165.121
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Re: Uhm WTF Sep 12, 2001, 22:37
Sep 12, 2001, 22:37
anon@165.121
 
Get a life?? We should all have it so tough! He has THE life. Get real.
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Re: Come On
Sep 9, 2001, 11:22
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Re: Come On Sep 9, 2001, 11:22
Sep 9, 2001, 11:22
 
Oops, sorry for double-posting that quote from Vergs' post.

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Come On
Sep 9, 2001, 11:21
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Come On Sep 9, 2001, 11:21
Sep 9, 2001, 11:21
 
This is one of the funnier things I've read in a while.

One source close to Redmond was shocked when PCFormat asked about the HomeStation: "I can't say a thing. Listen, the thing is, Microsoft is sidestepping this so as not to distract from the Xbox. It's really hush hush hush - I don't know where you heard this!" Well, heard it we have. And we've had people from Microsoft, Intel, AMD and nVIDIA all alluding to the HomeStation, but refusing to 'fess up on the record. When pressed, Microsoft's Senior Vice President (Games Division) Robert J Bach insisted, "This has nothing to do with me." One flustered Microsoft analyst stumbled: "I haven't heard of HomeStation, but I know that Angela has."

I mean, come on. Is anyone gonna take "journalism" like that serious? Heard about it? No, but my best friend's mom's mother has.

Gimme a break. Also I'm surprised this is a UK deal - this seems more like something us americans would do.

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Uhm WTF
Sep 9, 2001, 10:13
anon@203.29
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Uhm WTF Sep 9, 2001, 10:13
Sep 9, 2001, 10:13
anon@203.29
 
Bill Gates.. Get a Life!
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Re: No subject
Sep 9, 2001, 07:11
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Re: No subject Sep 9, 2001, 07:11
Sep 9, 2001, 07:11
 
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One source close to Redmond was shocked when PCFormat asked about the HomeStation: "I can't say a thing. Listen, the thing is, Microsoft is sidestepping this so as not to distract from the Xbox. It's really hush hush hush - I don't know where you heard this!" Well, heard it we have. And we've had people from Microsoft, Intel, AMD and nVIDIA all alluding to the HomeStation, but refusing to 'fess up on the record. When pressed, Microsoft's Senior Vice President (Games Division) Robert J Bach insisted, "This has nothing to do with me." One flustered Microsoft analyst stumbled: "I haven't heard of HomeStation, but I know that Angela has." And an insider at a potential partner said, "It's no secret to anyone in this industry. The first thing people say is you're not even supposed to know about it, let alone its name."
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I am going to sue these people for making me read this dribble--intentional infliction of written excrement. This is the gayest thing I have ever fucking read. I will never visit that website again. EVER.

I forgive you Blues News

--Vergs

http://www.bfd-tfc.com


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No subject
Sep 9, 2001, 05:06
anon@66.32
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No subject Sep 9, 2001, 05:06
Sep 9, 2001, 05:06
anon@66.32
 
Yes, this is a hoax. Having seen many photoshop jobs, that grey box is definitely one. There's also the obviously bogus quotes, and the fact that Microsoft doesn't like Bluetooth, etc...
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Re: What would be the point?
Sep 9, 2001, 04:33
anon@24.19
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Re: What would be the point? Sep 9, 2001, 04:33
Sep 9, 2001, 04:33
anon@24.19
 

You guys are lame.

The homestation sounds like a fun idea, it is basically what one could consider a sequel to the Xbox, and I would not be surprised [even if the actual homestation never came about] that the "xbox2" or whatever, would be very similar to this machine.

You guys really don't know your asses from your elbows, nor what makes a good entertainment system.
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What would be the point?
Sep 9, 2001, 01:35
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What would be the point? Sep 9, 2001, 01:35
Sep 9, 2001, 01:35
 
A phat PC w/ TV tuner, whatever GeForce/Radeon, Vid-in, SPLive!5.1, good speakers, and console of your choice gives you the exact same thing, with much more flexability/visual quality, and from the specs stated in this utter load, it probably wouldn't cost you much more either.

As hilarious as the extremely obviously made up quotes from imaginary microsoft employees were, I still can't believe it took two people to write this garbage. My ass could write a better article.

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Re: Shoddy journalism
Sep 9, 2001, 01:24
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Re: Shoddy journalism Sep 9, 2001, 01:24
Sep 9, 2001, 01:24
 
Why would you want an X Box. Ew.

~Jedi

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Re: Shoddy journalism
Sep 8, 2001, 19:19
anon@24.201
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Re: Shoddy journalism Sep 8, 2001, 19:19
Sep 8, 2001, 19:19
anon@24.201
 
Oops, looks like it's pretty common knowledge that Seamus Blackley is working on the XBox. I must have been out of circulation for a while.

Maybe it's calculating the volume of ellipsoids that's getting to me.
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Re: Shoddy journalism
Sep 8, 2001, 19:08
anon@24.201
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Re: Shoddy journalism Sep 8, 2001, 19:08
Sep 8, 2001, 19:08
anon@24.201
 
Lighten up. No need to bitch slap Blue around. Happens everyday (Or every other day).

On an lighter note, I found this:
Seamus Blackley, chief Xbox technical officer for Microsoft, was equally skeptical of using a game console for non-gaming tasks.
Seamus Blackley? I thought he programmed game physics! Why is he here!

Officer? Oh no! Microsoft is becoming a military organisation! Lol @ Admiral Gates!
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Re: Shoddy journalism
Sep 8, 2001, 16:28
anon@64.7
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Re: Shoddy journalism Sep 8, 2001, 16:28
Sep 8, 2001, 16:28
anon@64.7
 
Finally, someone else who questioned the authenticity of this article.

The article is more flimsy than a Daihatsu Charade. Notice how if you replace "Microsoft" and "Xbox" with "Sony" and "PlayStation 2", the article still mostly makes sense...just an attempt by PC Format to get the ol' hit counter (and ad view counter) up...
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Shoddy journalism
Sep 8, 2001, 16:20
anon@209.158
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Shoddy journalism Sep 8, 2001, 16:20
Sep 8, 2001, 16:20
anon@209.158
 
I expect more from Blue's News than this. This is obviously some hype dreamed up by the author at PC Format. His sources are nothing more than his imagination. Just look at the way the article is written and you can see that it is obviously a farce.

It doesn't take much of an imagination to guess that Microsoft is going to be moving in to home entertainment.

However, Microsoft couldnt make a "HomeStation" that runs Xbox games that is based on the nVidia nForce using GeForce graphics for the same reason that PC users will not be able to emulate Xbox games.

Xbox uses a unified memory architecture which MIGHT be emulated in the future, however each game would have to be individually emulated because each game can allocate the memory any way it wants. You simply cannot do this AND have WindowsXP, or a hybrid OS. It's one or the other.

Also, it has been said time and time again that the Xbox's graphics chip is NOT A GEFORCE. The nForce is an OEM solution made by nVidia, not a home entertainment marvel.

Haven't you guys ever heard "dont believe everything that you read"?
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Great Idea!
Sep 8, 2001, 15:44
anon@132.229
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Great Idea! Sep 8, 2001, 15:44
Sep 8, 2001, 15:44
anon@132.229
 
Too bad that we had a computer which shared a lot of these ideas since sixteen years ago, called Amiga. Too bad Microsoft bribed Commodore officials and helped it go bankrupt, and that it will continue its immoral practices thanks to the Bush administration.
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Homeboy HomeStation
Sep 8, 2001, 15:34
JCC
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Homeboy HomeStation Sep 8, 2001, 15:34
Sep 8, 2001, 15:34
JCC
 
And HomeStation sounds gay. Does it come with a free closet?

BTW: I don't have a problem with people being gay.

JCC



"It's the only thing the voices in my head can agree on!"
Regards,

JCC
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Now that sounds like a good idea ;-)
Sep 8, 2001, 15:31
JCC
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Now that sounds like a good idea ;-) Sep 8, 2001, 15:31
Sep 8, 2001, 15:31
JCC
 
``You have just entered a videoplus+ code. You must reboot for changes to take effect.''

Oh yeah sounds like fun.

Soon everything will crash. Turn on the hoover for it to squeal - out of virtual memory! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

JCC



"It's the only thing the voices in my head can agree on!"
Regards,

JCC
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No subject
Sep 8, 2001, 15:14
anon@24.4
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No subject Sep 8, 2001, 15:14
Sep 8, 2001, 15:14
anon@24.4
 
this will suck because i want xbox and this is just to make u buy more shit from microsoft or its just some stupid j/k
it better be a j/k because i will be pissed
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Bacon
Sep 8, 2001, 14:52
anon@24.201
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Bacon Sep 8, 2001, 14:52
Sep 8, 2001, 14:52
anon@24.201
 
I smell bacon too.
Let's see if he's wearing a wire.
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Re: yeah right
Sep 8, 2001, 14:35
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Re: yeah right Sep 8, 2001, 14:35
Sep 8, 2001, 14:35
 
As far as I know, it is a load of crap. We're working on some titles for the Xbox launch where I work, and if this was real, we'd be testing against it to ensure compatibility.

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Re: yeah right
Sep 8, 2001, 14:05
anon@24.129
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Re: yeah right Sep 8, 2001, 14:05
Sep 8, 2001, 14:05
anon@24.129
 
"Assimilate you we will" - Yoda Gates of Borg
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