An article on The Verge discusses how Microsoft plans to integrate the next Xbox into your living room as more than just a game console. Part of this grand scheme is to integrate Cable TV providers via their respective cable boxes connecting to the next Xbox through an HDMI cable. This setup is similar to the Google TV service, only beefed up with Microsoft’s partnership with various content providers.
According to Games Industry International, this might be one of the features that would shed some light on the speculation of an always online requirement for the next generation Xbox. It seems like this TV content service is most likely to be region-locked as well as a potential licensing and DRM nightmare. However, it’s really too early to say anything about it as Microsoft has yet to actually reveal the next generation console and all the features they plan for the system.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some good news from Microsoft as Sony has pretty much gotten their act together. Microsoft won’t have the luxury of having a major competitor shoot itself on the foot this time around.