Microsoft Xbox 360 Officially Revealed!

Posted: May 13 2005, 12:15am EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 3:52pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets


Microsoft Xbox 360 Officially Revealed!
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The Microsoft Xbox is officially announced and the MTV Xbox 360 show ran on MTV in the USA.

To Xbox 360 is dramatically more powerful than the current Xbox. There are 3 3.2Ghz PowerPC CPUs with 6 hardware threads, compared to a Intel 733Mhz PIII with 1 hardware thread. This enables the Xbox 360 to have a about 100x higher Floating Point Performance (115.GFLOPS). The Polygon Performance is about 5x higher and the Pixel Fill Rate about 4x higher than the Xbox. See Xbox 360 Specifcations below.

Besides this raw gaming power the Xbox 360 supports media (video and audio) streaming via the wireless network from PCs in the home network.
Now it is Sony's turn to impress us with what the PS3 with the Cell chip can do. I buy the Microsoft Xbox 360 story so far. For people in Europe, you can watch teaser video about the Xbox 360 revealed on See a hi-res photo of the Xbox 360.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Games at Launch:
2K Sports’ “NBA 2K6”
Activision Publishing Inc.’s “Call of Duty® 2” and “Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland™”
id Software’s “QUAKE 4™”
Electronic Arts’ “Madden NFL 06,” “Need for Speed™ Most Wanted” and “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06”
Majesco Entertainment’s “The Darkness”
Microsoft Game Studios’ “Perfect Dark: Zero™,” “Kameo™: Elements of Power™,” “Project Gotham Racing™ 3” and “Gears of War”
THQ Inc.’s “Saint’s Row”
Ubisoft Entertainment’s “Ghost Recon 3.”
More details on Xbox 360 Games page.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Specification:

Xbox 360 System Performance Specifications

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU

  • Three symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
  • Two hardware threads per core; six hardware threads total
  • VMX-128 vector unit per core; three total
  • 128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread
  • 1 MB L2 cache
CPU Game Math Performance
  • 9 billion dot product operations per second
Custom ATI Graphics Processor

  • 10 MB of embedded DRAM
  • 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically scheduled shader pipelines
  • Unified shader architecture
Polygon Performance
  • 500 million triangles per second
Pixel Fill Rate
  • 16 gigasamples per second fill rate using 4x MSAA
Shader Performance
  • 48 billion shader operations per second
  • 512 MB of 700 MHz GDDR3 RAM
  • Unified memory architecture
Memory Bandwidth
  • 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
  • 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
  • 21.6 GB/s front-side bus
Overall System Floating-Point Performance
  • 1 teraflop
  • Detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard drive
  • 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM
  • Memory Unit support starting at 64 MB
  • Support for up to four wireless game controllers
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • Two memory unit slots
Optimized for Online
  • Instant, out-of-the-box access to Xbox Live features with broadband service, including Xbox Live Marketplace for downloadable content, gamer profile for digital identity, and voice chat to talk to friends while playing games, watching movies, or listening to music
  • Built-in Ethernet port
  • Wi-Fi ready: 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g
  • Video camera ready
Digital Media Support
  • Support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD • Ability to stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras and Windows XP-based PCs
  • Ability to rip music to the Xbox 360 hard drive
  • Custom playlists in every game
  • Built-in Media Center Extender for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • Interactive, full-screen 3-D visualizers
High-Definition Game Support
  • All games supported at 16:9, 720p, and 1080i, anti-aliasing
  • Standard-definition and high-definition video output supported
  • Multi-channel surround sound output
  • Supports 48KHz 16-bit audio
  • 320 independent decompression channels
  • 32-bit audio processing
  • Over 256 audio channels
System Orientation
  • Stands vertically or horizontally
Customizable Face Plates
  • Interchangeable to personalize the console

Microsoft also fully updated its site with details on their new xBox. Microsoft also setup the site where the company will provide game teasers and more about the Xbox 360 in the future.

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