eldavojohn writes "Among other things, Bill Gates has unveiled plans to make the Xbox 360 a home network and storage solution on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show. From the article: Planned for release next winter, the upgraded Xbox will act like a digital set-top box with the ability to digitally receive and record programmes over the web. Users will also be able to use the device for "voice and video communications" over the internet, Microsoft said. The company said that, with five million members, its Xbox Live service, which allows players to compete over the internet, represents "the largest social network in the living room". Not a huge surprise that the Xbox 360 is trying to function more as a computer than a console."