"The idea is that for not much more money you can turn any DVD
player into a game machine and computer and sell it as an advanced
DVD player in parts of the world where the public cannot afford to
have three separate devices."
"The decision not to put Windows on the Xbox makes sense. If the
loss-leader Xbox is designed to generate profits by selling games,
then there's no reason to make it into a Windows machine, which may
be purchased and used only as a computer."
"But this creates another odd dilemma: Because the machine
has a normal computer subsystem, including a hard drive, very
little effort would be needed for hackers to find a boot ROM
or some aspect of the machine that would turn it into a cheap
Linux box with a little reprogramming. I suspect that the
Xbox, once it arrives, will become the most hacked and modified
computer in history, much to Microsoft's dismay."