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The Xbox 360™ is the future of entertainment. With the most stunning games, powerful technology, and intelligent services, Xbox 360 puts you at the center of your entertainment experience.
 
Play the most compelling games. Watch DVD movies. Enjoy digital music, photos, and videos in an integrated entertainment system.

Xbox 360 also opens the door to incredible new high-definition  entertainment. Experience Xbox 360 games in HD. Stream HD television and movies straight from your Windows Media Center Edition PC to your Xbox 360.


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The System

Break out of linear and limited gaming. Demand ground-breaking entertainment that is always connected, always personalized, and always in high-definition.

Accept nothing less than the most powerful next-generation platform, with cutting-edge technology and service innovations that deliver the future of entertainment today.

A meticulous merger of form and function. A technically superior interior wrapped in a sophisticated exterior.

The Xbox 360 will launch globally this 2005 holiday season in North America, Europe, and Japan and in calendar year 2006 in Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Xbox Live

Enter a world where gamers across the globe come to play anyone and everyone, anytime … anywhere.  Xbox Live™ is the next evolution, the future of gaming and entertainment.

• Plug your Xbox 360 into your broadband connection, and you're on. Always.
• Build your profile, your gamer card. Show your face … or don't.
• Talk to friends across the globe through voice or video.
• Download character skins, premium levels, and more in the Xbox Live Marketplace.
• Play who you want with Intelligent Matchmaking.
• Tune into spectator mode to see your friends in action.
Games. Entertainment. Community. Information. Innovation. The best just got better.

Xbox Live is where gaming and entertainment come alive. Get connected and join the revolution.

The best online gaming community is about to get even better. Check out what's on the way with Xbox 360.

Voice and Video Chat

Building on its popular voice communication feature, Xbox Live™ will enhance communication with the introduction of Party Chat to all paying Xbox Live members. This means you can talk to your friends anytime, anywhere on Xbox 360™ online. Requires Xbox 360 Compatible Headset for Voice Chat and Xbox 360 Compatible Camera for Video Chat.

Message Center

All of your notifications, voice and video messages, and even system- and service-based communications will be stored in one location.

Enchanced Friends List

Not only will you be able to review a prospective friend's gamer card to help determine whether or not to add them to your Friends List, but you'll also be able to see your friends' Friends Lists.

Marketplace

Using the Marketplace, find and download demos and trailers along with new game levels, maps, weapons, vehicles, skins, community-created content, and more.

Exclusive Programming

Xbox Live is "always on"—something's always happening. The exclusive Prime Time Calendar is your destination for all information about events on Xbox Live. Play your favorite Xbox Live titles against real-world celebrity gamers through programs like Game with Fame and Mystery Gamer, and participate in unique promotions like "Play and Win." 

Enhanced Matchmaking

Multiplayer gaming is now truly as easy or as challenging as you want it to be. Several new features, like gamer cards, Gamer Profiles, and Gamer Zones, make meeting up with friends and competitors at your skill level easier than ever before!

Tournaments and Competitions

Xbox Live-sponsored tournaments will continue across a multitude of different titles and genres. More and more games will also support gamer-created tournaments on Xbox Live for Xbox 360. 

Spectator Mode

This is the "virtual arcade," a chance for you to watch other gamers compete in supported titles. Games that support this feature will give you the ability to participate online without having to compete. Learn tips and tricks, or just sit back and enjoy the show.

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Xbox 360 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
Memory
  • 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
Storage
  • Detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard drive
  • 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM
  • Memory Unit support starting at 64 MB
I/O
  • 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
Audio
  • 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

 

 


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