i. Official Name : Xbox 360
ii. Xbox designer: The Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system was designed by Microsoft, in conjunction with two of the most innovative design firms in the world: San Francisco-based Astro Studios and Osaka, Japan-based Hers Experimental Design Laboratory Inc; which worked together to craft a sleek, stylish system that conveys the very essence of the Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft chose IBM, ATI and SiS at its technology partners for the design of the Xbox 360 hardware.
iii. 360 stands for: Microsoft’s main objective when designing the Xbox 360 was to ‘create a living entertainment experience powered by human energy.’ The idea is to create a gaming platform that offers players unique experiences that will differ based upon an individual’s playing style and their decisions rather than the game itself, thus making the gamer the center of the entire experience and letting everything associated to revolve around them.
iv. It will be available in: At the Tokyo Game Show 2005, Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 will arrive on store shelves Tuesday, November 22 in North America, Friday, December 2 in Europe, and Saturday, December 10 in Japan. However, it would be available on stores in N America from Friday, November 18 take advantage of the weekend holidays.
v. Price: Microsoft announced at the Leipzig Game Convention that the Xbox 360 will be available for as little as $299.99 in the US. (€299.99 in continental Europe /£209.99 in the UK) starting this holiday season. Microsoft also announced a Premium model with hundreds of dollars worth of accessories for $399.99 in the US (€399.99/£279.99).
vi. Price of Xbox 360 games: $49.99 USD for new releases. Microsoft has confirmed that they don’t have plans to charge more than fifty bucks for their first-party next-generation titles, although some games will have special editions that will be sold at $59.99.
vii. Available games on launch: -
Amped 3 (2K Sports)
Call of Duty 2 (Activision Inc.)
Condemned: Criminal Origins (SEGA Corp.)
FIFA Soccer 06 Road to 2006 FIFA World Cup (Electronic Arts Inc.)
Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios and Rare Ltd.)
Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)
NBA LIVE 06 (Electronic Arts)
Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)
NHL 2K6 (2K Sports)
Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios and Rare Ltd.)
Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)
Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios and Bizarre Creations Ltd.)
Quake 4 (id Software and Activision)
Ridge Racer 6 (Namco Ltd.)
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 (Electronic Arts)
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Activision)
viii. Xbox 360 hard drive: Xbox Premium edition comes with a 20 GB HD. The Xbox 360 Core System does not come with a hard drive but users can upgrade their Xbox 360 console and incorporate at any time the Xbox 360 Hard Drive.
ix. Disc formats Xbox supports: The DVD drive supports 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. According to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, the Xbox 360 video may incorporate in the future the next-generation DVD format developed by Toshiba.
x. The Guide?: The Guide is an entertainment gateway that instantly connects players to the Xbox 360 experience: your games, your friends, your music. It is a brand new interface designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 that can overlay on top of any content that is being played on the Xbox 360; whether that is a game, a DVD movie, a picture or music visualization. There is no need for the user to leave a game or any other content being played on the Xbox 360 to access The Guide. You can receive game invites from friends while playing games, watching movies, or listening to music. Xbox Dashboard as we knew it in previous version can now be found in the Xbox 360 Guide
xi. Physical dimensions: Height – 83 mm (3.27′), Length – 258 mm (10.15′)
and Breadth 309 mm (12.15′). This is smaller in size than Xbox. The weight is 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs)
xii. Saving games in Xbox 360 Core System (which is without a hard drive/memory unit): In order to save games you’ll need either the Xbox 360 hard drive or an Xbox 360 memory unit.
xiii. TV compatible: Xbox 360 will work in any TV that works on Xbox. Even if the Xbox 360 has been designed to play games in HDTV 720p (1280×720) mode with 5.1 surround sound, the Xbox 360 will also work with regular TV that has NTSC or PAL and stereo audio capabilities.
xiv. Region locking: Like current generation consoles, a console designed for North America (NTSC) won’t work on Europe (PAL) for the simple reason that games are region locked. So if you get an US Xbox 360, you’ll have to purchase NTSC games because those titles sold in Europe won’t work on your North American Xbox 360