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Next Generation Game Consoles

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by <KEY3>, May 13, 2005.

  1. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    so the next generation of xbox was unveiled last night, and here it is:

    • The Xbox 360 will go on sale during the 2005 holiday season in North America, Europe and Japan, offering high-definition graphics, multimedia functionality and a dramatically different online plan. Despite a rumored November launch date, though, Microsoft declined to give a specific launch date or price -- and added it would not reveal those at next week's E3 video game trade show, either.

      The 360 will pack a powerful technological punch, with an advanced IBM Power-PC processor and next generation ATI graphics chip. The machine will once again feature a hard drive for users to store saved games, music and more. This time, the drive will be 20GB (versus the current 8GB drive on the Xbox). It will also be detachable, allowing users to take their data to friends' houses, and upgradable.

      The system will support both wired and wireless controllers -- and comes wi-fi ready, allowing users to connect wirelessly to the Internet. (A traditional Ethernet port is also built-in.)

      As previously announced, all Xbox 360 games will be formatted for high definition televisions, with a 16:9 widescreen format, 720p or 1080i resolutions and multichannel surround sound. Games will play on standard televisions as well.

      While the focus of the Xbox 360 is undeniably games, the system will encompass many multi-media functions as well. The machine will double as a progressive scan DVD player. Users will also be able to rip their CDs directly to the machine's hard drive.

      But the real multimedia functionality ties in with the 360's wireless capabilities. The machine will automatically connect and stream digital media -- including video and digital pictures -- stored on any PC running Windows XP.

      "I think people want to say it's the Trojan horse or the hub of the home," said J Allard, Microsoft corporate vice president and chief XNA architect. "It's not. Xbox 360 is a digital amplifier. You're not going to put all of your music on 360, you're going to do it on your PC. What I do think is you want to enjoy your music in your home theater and we want to enable that through this device."

      The multimedia functions of Xbox 360 can be accessed via the game controller or a remote control, which will be sold separately.

      As expected, broadband online connections will play a significant role in the future of Xbox. (Once again, users with dial-up Internet access will not be able to utilize the system's online capabilitites.)

      Xbox 360 will offer a multi-tiered system for its Live component. One of those tiers will be free.

      Members of the free tier, dubbed Xbox Live Silver, will have access to the system's online community function, allowing them to chat with other players and freely download game demos. They will not be able to play games with others except during occasional 'free preview' opportunities (much like those that cable movie channels sometimes offer).

      Xbox Live Gold members will pay an as-yet undetermined annual or monthly fee to play with or against others. Current Xbox Live members, who currently pay $50 per year, will be able to keep their online nicknames.

      "If we get half or two-thirds of all the Xbox 360s out there connected to the Internet, that would be a good thing," said Allard.

      Microsoft (Research) will also showcase the Xbox 360's personalization features in the weeks following launch. Users can create their own background "skin" for the system interface as well as customize the look of the hardware. Faceplates for the Xbox 360 will be interchangeable, allowing all forms of user customization.

      "We'll be showing five or six (faceplates) at E3," said Allard. "We'll have 10 or so at launch. And that number will be in the hundreds within a year or so."

      Microsoft has sold 30 million Xboxes since the console's introduction in 2001. The machine has outsold Nintendo's GameCube console and has seen its momentum grow dramatically as it gets more mature. Despite its successes, the Xbox is merely an also-ran when compared to sales of Sony's (Research) PlayStation 2, which launched a year earlier and has sold nearly 87 million units.

      By being first to market in the next generation, Microsoft hopes to reverse its market position with Sony and take a leadership role in the industry.

    so who's in line to get one?

    not me.... playstation 4 life bitches!


    wow.... the gayest game ever!!!
  2. Herbivore

    Herbivore Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 12, 2004 Messages: 1,431 Likes Received: 1
    this is going to be nuts. 3 processors, each running at 3.2 GHz, as opposed to its predecessor which had a single 733 MHz.
  3. alcohol swab

    alcohol swab Member

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004 Messages: 935 Likes Received: 3
  4. GucciCondom

    GucciCondom Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 29, 2003 Messages: 5,558 Likes Received: 168
    I'm gonna cop that shit too most likely. I was all about saying fuck xbox until I actually got one, now I'll never go back to Sony. I just love xbox live.
  5. DETO

    DETO Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 25, 2002 Messages: 11,350 Likes Received: 154
    i'll cop it, just to have it, just like all the other video game systems in my house, (i use them mainly for dvd player's, i really don't care for video games.) Hell, i bought a PSP just to say i have one, but i am enjoying the Tiger Woods PGA Tour game but, still, i would rather play PGA world tour at the bar.
    at least the new xbox looks cool.

    MEROJUANA Senior Member

    Joined: May 23, 2002 Messages: 2,452 Likes Received: 2

  7. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,866 Likes Received: 27
    ey nigga if you get that shit off the truck holla at me i know how it be in NY fuckin mafia fuckers gettin shit early.
  8. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    I think I might get one. It's something big to save money for, and I'm glad Microsoft gave me the early heads up.

    I'm glad they finally got rid of those stupid black and white buttons and put them on the shoulder, but why wouldn't they just leave them there and add shoulder buttons? Now it's just a PS2 controller, but more awkward!
  9. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Sep 6, 2002 Messages: 14,905 Likes Received: 202
    oh yeah, and you can turn your xbox on and off with the controller...that's awesome in a lot of ways, but be sure not to invite any idiot friends over.
  10. DETO

    DETO Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 25, 2002 Messages: 11,350 Likes Received: 154
    fuck xbox, fuck ps2, this is what i want...

  11. destroya

    destroya Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 30, 2002 Messages: 1,714 Likes Received: 2
    i been saying this shit for years, b. if the xbox can get the same developers playstation has, it's a wrap. i'm putting a preorder on this shit as soon as i can.
  12. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    I'd take this over an xbox anyday!


    This is a great pinball game, I've played it way too much
  13. The Leader

    The Leader Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 23, 2005 Messages: 1,591 Likes Received: 1
    all hardware no software.

    "OMFG>> HALO!!!" who gives a shit about halo. most over rated game ever.

    "if xbox got the same developers as playstation"

    .. ok... and IF I was black I'd get pulled over a lot more. But I'm not, so I wont.

    I'm not saying the xbox couldn't be a good machine, but to condemn playstation just because the xbox has a retarded amount of hardware is.. well.. retarded. I own GC, PS2 and XBox and seriously, PS2 is the most used because it has the best games.

    that is all.
  14. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,866 Likes Received: 27
    ^agreed. Gamecube has a couple gems too.