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Sony Is Shipping Next-Generation Media Center PC

Sony has started shipping the second generation of its Digital Living System Media Center PC.

The XL2 Digital Living System is part of Sony’s effort started last year to place a PC system into a home’s living room. The unit features several improvements over its predecessor the XL1, which began shipping last November. The XL2 retains the two-component configuration with one housing the PC and the second a 200-disc changer. The new unit has an Intel Viiv processor; a 360GB hard drive, compared with the 200GB on the original model; an ATSC HDTV tuner; and a dual-format DVD burner in the PC component.

The two-component system carries a $2,699 suggested retail price; the XL1 was priced at $2,300 when it hit the market last year. Sony has also started selling the DVD/burner changer as a stand-alone product for $799 for consumers who already own a Media Center PC.