Eindelijk is het dan zover: Microsoft heeft de Xbox 360, de opvolger van de Xbox, officieel aangekondigd. Het apparaat zal rond de kerstdagen in zowel Amerika, Europa als Japan gelanceerd worden. De specificaties van het apparaat lijken aardig te kloppen met wat gespeculeerd werd. Hieronder vind je de volledige lijst, met veel technische begrippen voor de kenners: CPU

3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each

2 hardware threads per core; 6 threads total

1 VMX-128 vector unit per core; 3 total

128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread

1MB L2 Cache

9 billion dot product operations per second

Custom ATI GPU:

500 MHz Clock Speed

10 MB embedded DRAM

48-way parallel floating-point dynamically-scheduled shader pipelines

Unified shader architecture

500 million triangles per second polygon performance

16 gigasamples per second pixel fillrate using 4X MSAA

48 billion shader operations per second

Memory:

512 MB GDDR3 RAM

700 MHz DDR

Unified memory architecture

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 TFLOP

Storage:

Detachable and upgradeable 20 GB hard drive

12X dual-layer DVD-ROM

Memory unit support starting at 64 MB

Input/Output:

Support for up to 4 wireless game controllers

3 USB 2.0 ports - 2 front concealed under flap, 1 rear - compatible with all USB devices

2 memory unit slots

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

Stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras, Windows XP PCs

Rip music to Xbox 360 hard drive

Custom playlists in every game

Windows Media Center Extender built in

Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers

HD Game Support:

All games supported at 16 : 9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing

Standard definition and high definition video output supported

Multichannel surround sound output

Supports 48 KHz 16-bit audio

320 independent decompression channels

32-bit audio processing

Over 256 audio channels

Optimized for Online:

Instant, out-of-the-box access to Xbox Live features, 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 at rear of console

Wi-Fi Ready: 802.11 A, B and G

Video Camera Ready

Wireless Controllers:

'Black' & 'White' buttons moved to shoulders of controller; now known as 'Bumpers'

'Expansion Jack' & 'Audio Jack' located at the bottom of controller

Found at the top of controller is the 'Charge Port,' where the 'Play-Charge' recharging cable is connected

Jazz:

Stands vertically or horizontally

Interchangeable faceplates to personalize console to owners tastes

In addition to summoning the Xbox Gamer Guide and the Xbox System Guide, Xbox Guide Button on controller and DVD remote lets gamers turn their systems on and off while kicking back on the couch

'Ring of Light' on console and controller communicates different events to player with varying patterns and colours, such as a new Xbox Live game invite being sent; many more cool actions displayable

Xbox Live For The Next Generation Increased Flexibility

Xbox Live, Silver - No monthly subscription required

Xbox Live, Gold - Standard monthly subscription required

Benefits of Xbox Live, Gold Unified Service Approach

Xbox Gamer Guide that provides a consistent interface across all experiences

Access to other players' Gamer Cards via Xbox Live

Xbox Guide Button for fast access to the Guide and online features

Personalized game play settings

Seamless transition of Xbox Live account from Xbox to Xbox 360

Xbox Live Online Game Play

Access to MMOs (additional fees may apply)

Free Xbox Live weekends

Multiplayer online game play

Xbox Live Gamer Profile

'Gamertile' personalized image for your gamer profile

Personalized 'Motto' for your gaming profile

Personalized look for the Xbox System Guide

Collection of offline achievements

Collection of online achievements

Personalized 'Gamertag'

Xbox Live Intelligent Matchmaking

'Gamer Score' - Part of Gamer Profile: cumulative score of all of achievements. Can be used for quick comparison with other gamers

'Location/Language' - Part of Gamer Profile: identifies your location and preferred language

'Reputation' - Part of Gamer Profile: rating provided by community that indicates how you are perceived by other players

Enhanced matchmaking using above elements of gamer profile

Choice of matchmaking based on either skill level or social play

Opportunity to provide feedback on other players and affect your likelihood to match with them in the future

'Gamerzone' - Part of Gamer Profile: indicates style of social gaming you prefer - relaxed/casual, competitive, etc.

Xbox Live Community

Friends List; online presence

Recent Players List

Ubiquitous voice chat in game

Ubiquitous voice chat out of game

Xbox Live Marketplace

Credit card no longer required for Xbox Live access

Free and premium downloadable game content

Free and premium downloadable movies, music and TV

Downloadable game trailers/demos

Microtranscations

Xbox Live Message Center

Game Invites

Friend Invites

Text and Voice Messages

Service/System Messages

Digital Media Experiences

Custom playlists in every game

Play music from portable music devices

View pictures from digital cameras

Stream Media from connected Windows XP PC

Windows Media Center Extender built in

Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers

Track Info for CDs (Offline & Online)

Parental Controls

Game play based on game rating (e.g. ESRB)

Managing Friends List

Sharing profiles and/or viewing other profiles

Communicating via voice, video, and/or text

Presence

Ability to purchase premium content in marketplace

Ability to play multiplayer online

Benefits of Xbox Live, Silver Unified Service Approach

Xbox Gamer Guide that provides a consistent interface across all experiences

Access to other players' Gamer Cards via Xbox Live

Xbox Guide Button for fast access to the Guide and online features

Personalized game play settings

Xbox Live Online Game Play

Access to MMOs (additional fees may apply)

Free Xbox Live weekends

Xbox Live Gamer Profile

'Gamertile' personalized image for your gamer profile

Personalized 'Motto' for your gaming profile

Personalized look for the Xbox System Guide

Collection of offline achievements

Collection of online achievements

Personalized 'Gamertag'

Xbox Live Intelligent Matchmaking

'Gamer Score' - Part of Gamer Profile: cumulative score of all of achievements. Can be used for quick comparison with other gamers

'Location/Language' - Part of Gamer Profile: identifies your location and preferred language

'Reputation' - Part of Gamer Profile: rating provided by community that indicates how you are perceived by other players

Xbox Live Community

Friends List; online presence

Recent Players List

Ubiquitous voice chat in game

Ubiquitous voice chat out of game