Microsoft launched the first strike in the next-generation video game console wars Thursday, unveiling its new Xbox system, which will go on sale at
the holiday season. The new Xbox 360 was unwrapped on an MTV special, an effort to steal the thunder of Sony and Nintendo, which will release details
of their new PlayStation and GameCube systems next week. This next wave of high-tech hardware promises better graphics and more sophisticated games -
music to the ears of millions of people who play titles such as "Madden NFL," "Grand Theft Auto" and "Halo."
Microsoft Corp. unveiled its new Xbox 360 on Thursday, taking aim at Sony Corp. in the video game console market with a machine sporting
high-definition graphics and features that make it an entertainment hub for the living room.
The world's largest software maker said its second generation Xbox will be on U.S. store shelves well in time for the 2005 holiday season that begins
in late November, but it did not say how much the white-and-silver concave console would cost.
Among the features are three IBM microprocessors that are expected to deliver powerful computing and advanced graphics, as well as a detachable
20-gigabyte hard drive and the ability to customize the machine's front panel with detachable face-plates.
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Now that is one slick looking game console I can not wait to get my hands on one.
Some of the features the new Xbox are a slim, concave design, it can link to a wireless network, and up to four wireless game controllers can connect
to it. It will come with a detachable 20GB hard drive, a DVD drive and three USB 2.0 ports for connecting devices such as cameras and keyboards. The
system can connect to a free version of Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming service through an Ethernet port, as well as a subscription-based version
offering more features.
The new Xbox will also be able to stream music and pictures from digital music players, cameras and Windows XP computers, Microsoft says.
A Sony spokesman said this week the company is waiting for the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week - the largest computer and video game trade
show in North America - to reveal details on the successor to its PlayStation 2.
Third place Nintendo is also keeping quiet until the E3 show. The expo is a three-day industry event where game publishers, hardware-makers and their
various partners announce upcoming games, gadgets and services.
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