XBMC: Apple TV Vs Xbox Original.

Thinking of getting one of these, but can't decide which one..
Obviously xbox original is cheaper, but once you factor in the hdmi converter, remote etc, it will cost about £40..
I can get an Apple TV 40gb ( will be connecting a external hdd to it) for £95..
The xbox would seem the obvious option, but it looks so clunky and big
Any insight.
Thanks In Advance,
Jack

17 Comments

Original Poster

dcx_badass

HDMI converter? Just use component, cables are about £8 and let it do … HDMI converter? Just use component, cables are about £8 and let it do 1080i. Anyway the Apple TV can do HD can't it, the xbox can upscale to 1080i, but not play native HD files.



For some reason my TV doesn't have a component input, lol!
I won't be playing many HD video's as my download speed is crap
However, I like the idea of all the cover art etc, with the aeon skin!
Not sure which to get!

Banned

Buy a cheap second hand PS3 and use that. Hack available any day now to the masses and some sort of media centre app, if not XBMC, will be available fairly soon too.

Banned

If you only want a media player then go for a PlayonHD mini or similar, the Playon Mini is usually £80 in the Scan DOTD.

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master_chief

Buy a cheap second hand PS3 and use that. Hack available any day now to … Buy a cheap second hand PS3 and use that. Hack available any day now to the masses and some sort of media centre app, if not XBMC, will be available fairly soon too.



I have a ps3, but don't particularly want to hack it, due to playing new games etc on it..
If I hack it, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to do any updates..
Jack

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spikeyjacko

I have a ps3, but don't particularly want to hack it, due to playing new … I have a ps3, but don't particularly want to hack it, due to playing new games etc on it..If I hack it, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to do any updates..Jack



SO buy a second one for hacking? Playon route probably best for you anyway.

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dcx_badass

I'd get an Acer Revo personally, anyway XBMC is awesome and you won't be … I'd get an Acer Revo personally, anyway XBMC is awesome and you won't be dissapointed!



I'd echo the Acer Revo or similar ION based nettop box for XBMC but it's going to cost more than anything else mentioned and be a lot of messing around (worth it though).

I've been using apple tv for years, running xbmc on it. Absolutely love it, steams beautifully. Highly recommend it.

dcx_badass

I'd get an Acer Revo personally, anyway XBMC is awesome and you won't be … I'd get an Acer Revo personally, anyway XBMC is awesome and you won't be dissapointed!



Another vote for this

Banned

I think you can safely rule out getting an original Xbox.

master_chief

I think you can safely rule out getting an original Xbox.



I have 2 in the loft, they're too big, too loud, not as responsive (in my opinion), can't properly play 1080p stuff, the remote was ridiculous (couldn't get a DVD remote to work with either of mine) - Don't get me wrong it was good while I used it about 4 years ago, but now the Revo is so much more. I've just bought a Media keyboard with trackpad for it and it's so much better than anything.

PS - WDTV is a decent option is funds are tight, that's what i use in my bedroom

dcx_badass

I love my modded xboxes, have 4 of them and use them daily. Fantastic … I love my modded xboxes, have 4 of them and use them daily. Fantastic devices, great for kids or shared living room (student house etc). There are better options about now though.



I thought I was bad enough with 3.

Original Poster

Thing is I'm not that bothered about having a revo for the computer aspect more just the xbmc..
Think i might just go for the 40gb atv if I can get one cheap!

Original Poster

Ordered an apple tv for quite cheap on eBay

spikeyjacko

Ordered an apple tv for quite cheap on eBay



How cheap?

Once you get your ATV, run this
and then get XBMC to open as default upon boot.:{

Original Xbox struggles to play HD content or even upscale to HD, it's why I replaced mine with a popcornhour.

Currently thinking about an Acer Revo as I loved the XBMC software.

Ungreat

Original Xbox struggles to play HD content or even upscale to HD, it's … Original Xbox struggles to play HD content or even upscale to HD, it's why I replaced mine with a popcornhour.Currently thinking about an Acer Revo as I loved the XBMC software.



You won't regret it, It's awesome!
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