Originally Posted by bryansj
I actually can see the HTPC going away in place of something like a PS4 or Xbox 720, but not as the "central media hub". For the center I see a media server and then these units accessing that media at each location in addition to whatever online streaming they offer. All I really need is a dumb and pretty front-end with access to a cablecard tuner.
By "Central Media Hub" I was referring to the PS4 or Xbox 720 being the central focal point (or hub) where all the different types media is consumed. I agree the actual media itself will reside on a NAS, or more likely streamed from the cloud.
Originally Posted by Sammy2
IDK about that. I can build a PC for not much more than what those cost and can do so much more with it, especially since I do not play video games. Gamers might have a different concept than I do though.
I agree most people on this forum can build a HTPC which is more capable for the same or less. However, the majority of mainstream consumersho don't want to build and tinker with a PC, they just want a device which works and integrates easily (that's why Apple sells so many products despite their limitations and closed environment). If the rumours are to be believed (http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/consoles/xbox-720-may-take-over-your-tv-be-joined-by-xbox-mini-1143810
) the PS4 and Xbox 720 will be more than just gaming consoles and targeted to a boarder audience. Gamers are a limited market segment whereas the market for media devices is much bigger (and if it plays games as well that's a plus). The main Cable TV provider here in Australia already has a subscription service which can be viewed through an Xbox 360 with no need for a cable card as it is delivered over a broadband connection, which I see becoming the predominant delivery method as broadband infrasturcture is upgraded. The HTPC is a niche market which may have peaked as there is an ever increasing range of consumer friendly devices with similar (albeit not as flexible) capabilities that are easier to use and require little tinkering.