On November 22, 2005, Microsoft released the long-awaited XBox 360, the next generation of its popular XBox game console. However, the XBox 360 goes beyond any gaming system users are currently used to. The XBox 360 is more like a fully functional broadband connected entertainment device that appeals to gamers but is equipped to entertain the whole family.
Although smaller than the original XBox (the 360 weighs just 7.7 pounds), this version packs a lot of nifty features in a small package. If you also own an HDTV, you will really appreciate the advanced graphics features and the support for the windscreen aspect ratio (16: 9). Of course, the console will work on regular TVs too, but the depth of the graphics will be particularly striking on more advanced TVs. The XBOx 360 features an ATI graphics processor and 10MB of built-in DRAM. This setting allows the XBox 360 to draw up to 500 million triangles per second for the ultimate in realistic graphics.
The XBox 360 drive also has a 12x double layer DVD Rom drive that has the dual purpose of playing ordinary XBox and DVD games. There is also additional support for surround sound audio for the best home theater experience and realistic gaming.
For storing games and other storage media, you can optionally purchase a 20GB external hard drive that also serves to make the XBox 360 backward compatible with the original XBox games.
The XBox 360 goes well beyond the gaming and video gamut with its built-in Ethernet port that allows users to connect via its broadband connection to XBox live (available in various flavors). XBox live will allow you to play live over the Internet, use voice and even video chat and, of course, buy additional items for your XBOx. In addition to Ethernet connectivity, you can optionally purchase wireless adapters that comply with the 802.11 wireless standard protocol for integration into your existing wireless network. For other data transfer tasks, such as uploading your digital photos, digital home movies, and music, you can use the built-in USB 2.0 port. With all these features, it is very easy to transmit all your digital files.
As you can see, the XBox 360 offers something for everyone. Kids can enjoy the futuristic gaming capabilities (check the game ratings to see if they are age appropriate), and mom and dad can enjoy the file sharing, music and video streaming, and home theater features. .