Originally Posted by whiteboy714
Although on the hardware of the Q I assume besides the BD player it will be similar to the echo. These media player type devices have much simpler hardware compared to a pc.
But the Q isn't a media player, it's PC based (it's running Windows 7 Embedded Standard which is x86 only, while the Echo being an extender is not x86 based. The Q is basically a PC under the hood, and it needs to be a relatively decent one to support the things they showed it doing with the Companion apps.
If a WDTV live can be sold at $100 then the media playback part is pretty cheap.
A WDTV is based on a SOC that doesn't have to do anything but draw a minimal UI and and pass audio/video to a dedicated hardware video decoder, where as the Q will be running Win 7 ES, with WMC with all the bells and whistles turned on, and needs to be able to (IIRC) transcode video for the companion apps and drive probably at least 4 extender UI sessions, that means a pretty beefy system.