Friday, May 13, 2005

Xbox 360 launched in the US

Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 (2nd generation Xbox) during a 1/2 hour show on MTV today.

It's got an impressive spec:
Wireless controllers (no more fumbling with the wires).
Detachable 20 GB Hard disk (upgradeable).
Three 3.2 Ghz Processors (compare this with the 733Mhz Processor for Xbox).
512MB Memory.
12x dual-layer DVD drive that reads DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, WMA and MP3, among other formats.

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PS: Doom 3 (on Xbox) is keeping me well awake until an hour or two after midnight these past few days.

9 Comments:

Blogger satosphere said...

It's got an impressive spec:
Wireless controllers (no more fumbling with the wires). - More fumbling with batteries.
Detachable 20 GB Hard disk (upgradeable). - Wait until you get bad sectors.
Three 3.2 Ghz Processors (compare this with the 733Mhz Processor for Xbox). - are they running a server farm?
512MB Memory. - too less.
12x dual-layer DVD drive that reads DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, WMA and MP3, among other formats. - probably the best thing.

As can be seen, its not that I hate XBOX - its just that I prefer PC + Mouse + Keyboard to a console - provides much more finesse and speed.

Friday, May 13, 2005 1:43:00 AM  
Blogger saranyan said...

and how much would be the price tag on this. microsoft plans to eliminate apple with 360, I don't think so. but the specs are impressive, though I dunno why you need a CD/DVD writer on a gaming console. can we use it for other computing purposes too, if so then it'll be cool.

Friday, May 13, 2005 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger The Last Blogger said...

Very impressive specs. Saran, it can read all kinds of CD-RW and DVD+_RWs. Thats all. It cannot burn stuff. I have been reading every news article leading to the show last night. Bad show. Good product.
Now, if only the price is at 300, we can talk business.

That aside, I am now wholesomely hooked onto World of Warcraft on the PC. Simply put, its mindblowing and worth playing for everyone...and it doesnt need a console. Just a powerful computer.

Friday, May 13, 2005 1:50:00 PM  
Blogger Maran said...

I think the CD writer and HD is for the media center PVR functions.

Friday, May 13, 2005 7:29:00 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

I see that you have my ChennaiCentral kept in a testing stage. Perhaps, the latest post on my blog may help you in doing the testing faster? :-)

Saturday, May 14, 2005 9:27:00 AM  
Blogger The Last Blogger said...

And here is the better console yet again:

PS3 unveiled.

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/614/614619p1.html

Monday, May 16, 2005 7:02:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

Satosphere,
I dont have a good desktop and playing on my laptop is something that I dont prefer, so Xbox is my only way out for games :-)

Saranyan,
Hopefully less than or around 300-350. Dont think it will be able to write, just read diff. formats.

The Last Blogger,
Yes, they revealed nothing in the show, possibly because of the E3 thats happenning this week.

Maran,
Yeah they are trying to integrate it with as many electronic equipments as possible - PC being the center of it.

Thennavan,
Sorry about that. Upgraded most of them from the labs to the roll :-)

The Last Blogger,
Seems pretty comparable to 360. Although, using the Blu Ray might be an good idea, but not sure if that will be a good idea, as Sony is known for getting radically new stuff into the market without any real need or a demand in the market (take for instance the atrac audio format or the betamax or the minidisc and now the memory stick - only they push it into the market, not many seem to really want it).

Monday, May 16, 2005 8:23:00 PM  
Blogger FSN 2.2 said...

How is Doom 3 on the xbox? I bought it but decided to return it because the reviews said that there wasn't much of a storyline to it - just point, shoot and get scared out of your wits doing it.

I had just finished playing Halo before that, and so now I'm on Halo 2.

I must say that the xbox is worth the buy just for Halo/Halo2 alone.

Wonder what microsoft will come up with for the 360. Do you know if any titles are up for release on the 360? They also need to make sure that 360 will be backward compatible with xbox games but I dont see how they're going to do that with the different processors/platform on the 360.

Saturday, June 04, 2005 11:13:00 PM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

Fierysinews
It's certainly not as good as Halo or Halo2, but I think we shouldnt be comparing any of these games with those two. The Halo family has already created a bar high enough that only a few other games would ever be able to cross. Nevertheless, I am enjoying the game. The main feature in the game is the darkness and the scare - that alone is good enough for me to keep this game! I havent crossed too many levels in the game yet, but still it's a decent game - havent seen too much of a storyline in it, but I really dont worry too much about storylines as long as I get entertained well.

Completely agree with you, Halo and Halo2 are just more than enough! I heard that they might come up with Halo3 for the 360. And I also heard that they will make it backward compatible (just like PS3).

Have you tried playing the Splinter Cell series? I have played the Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six - both of them are really good.

Sunday, June 05, 2005 11:45:00 PM  

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