Is The XBOX 360 Right For You?
Admittedly the specs of the upcoming XBOX 360 are fabulous and enticing especially to those comparing the look of games on the older XBOX with current spec PC gaming platforms.
Aside from the raw specs of a 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM drive, an IBM CPU with three symmetrical cores each running at 3.2 GHz and a high definition capable graphics system from ATI, the XBOX 360 is also much smaller than its predecessor. Measuring only 3.3 x 12.2 x 10.2 and weighing in at 7.7 pounds, the XBOX 360 has a more living room friendly stature.
One of the most anticipated features is that of the ATI graphics capabilities for high definition output. For those with suitable displays the XBOX 360 will support 720p and 1080i and importantly, the games will take this into account also.
The DVD-ROM drive not only plays the game media but also allows the showing of non interlaced DVD movies. The new XBOX will save media and game information on separately sold detachable hard drives and flash memory units. The hard drive will also make the XBOX 360 backwardly compatible with some of the older XBOX library.
XBOX 360 uses a new button layout for its controllers. The black and white buttons of the first XBOX controllers have been replaced with new shoulder buttons placed above the left and right triggers. The controllers are now wireless and the XBOX 360 can accept up to four of them or three via USB 2.0 ports.
Without networking the XBOX 360 would be a dead duck. An Ethernet port allows connectivity to the new XBOX Live Silver. The included service lets anyone create a Gamertag and gamer card to express your online identity, chat live with voice chat, and connect to the XBOX Live Marketplace to buy expansions, maps, and other digital goodies for your games.
Considering the specs and possibility of 20 launch titles including Perfect Dark Zero and Project Gotham Racing 3, it seems the XBOX 360 will be a must buy. Before you do however, take a look at the Playstation 3. Or just get both of them!
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