Sounds good, right? But what does that translate to hardware wise? Let’s see you’re talking a minimum of 1-2TB of storage, at least 4GB of RAM, a multi-core processor (or possibly a dual multi-core processor board for the sheer computing power needed – especially if HD video is being streamed throughout the house), and then the most stable version of Windows ever created. Whew, now that’s a monumental task!
Now, the next question: If this magic WHS/MCE box were given the green light, who would make it and at what price point would you be willing to pay for it?
My 2-cents: Pricing would start at around $3,500 (3 to 4 times higher than the current HP MediaSmart with 1TB of storage [Amazon]) and go up from there if the customer wanted CableCARD (and hopefully DIRECTV) support.
I know it won’t happen, but I’d love to see Microsoft create their own box, similar to the Xbox strategy, to help subsidize the cost and provide a consistent experience and upgrade path for all owners.
UPDATE 1: From the first two comments posted, I want to make it clear that I’m not coming down on the idea of a do-it-all box, quite the opposite. I’d love to see a device like this for $2,000 on store shelves tomorrow. I’m just being realistic at estimating the price of such a device.
UPDATE 2: Chris Lanier weighs in with his post, “Would You Really Buy a Media Center Server?“
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