Announced earlier tonight and one of the videos shows off them quickly switching between TV, game and browser using voice activation. All quite nice. Apparently there is a HDMI In socket so the satellite/cable can pass through the Xbox with its own interface. Wonder how that will work in practice as I thought there were restrictions on a signal going through like that? And I assume there won't actually be any way for the box to tell the Sky/Virgin box how to change channel?
I presumed when watching the launch video that it was going to be some form of CEC (branded as various names such as Anynet+, SimpLink, VIERA Link, etc.) where usually you can control more than one device with just one remote - it appears it uses a combination of CEC and an infrared transmitter. So you'll be able to change channels, change the volume on your surround sound, and flick between games and TV. As long as you use the right voice commands of course. And it can understand your accent. And it can decipher your voice from the other noise in the room.