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Overview


Designed by Microsoft, The Xbox 360 revolutionized the gaming industry with its up to date graphics cards and intense online gaming.

Xbox 360 combines powerful hardware, software, and services to bring you the best high definition gaming and entertainment. Xbox allows you to experience a more lifelike and dramatic gaming experience. Xbox 360 allows you to put your personality into your system with fun interchangeable Faces and Skins.

Specifications


Хboх 360 System Specifications

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPI
* 3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
  • 2 hardware threads per core; 6 hardware threads total
  • 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core; 3 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
* 500 MHz
  • 10 MB 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 fillrate using 4X MSAA

Shader Performance
* 48 billion shader operations per second

Memory
* 512 MB GDDR3 RAM
  • 700 MHz DDR
  • 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 TFLOP

Storage
* Detachable and upgradeable 20 GB hard drive
  • 12X dual-layer DVD-ROM
  • Memory unit support starting at 64 MB

I/O
* Support for up to 4 wireless game controllers
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 memory unit slots

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
  • Wi-Fi Ready: 802.11 A, B and G
  • 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
  • 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

Audio
* Multichannel surround sound output
  • Supports 48 KHz 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




Xbox Live


Xbox Live is known as the online multiplayer gaming network designed by Microsoft in 2002. This vast gaming network gave Microsoft the competitive edge over gaming franchises such as Sony and Nintendo. The network allows players to play some of their favorite titles with gamers across the globe. The combination of Xbox Live with Xbox 360 proved beneficial for Microsoft's sales. Xbox live memberships went through the roof, gaming franchises such as Halo just made the Xbox Live addiction progress on. Today, Xbox Live is more than a vast gaming network, gamers now can buy movies, themes, and other multi-media items. Microsoft is in cooperation with Twitter and Facebook to develop applications where gamers can operate/chat with their friends on their favorite social networking sites


Reception


Since its release in 2005, the Xbox 360 has had great success all over the world. Steady sales in Xbox over years has led Xbox to hit the 30 million units sold mark in 2009, which was said to be "Microsofts biggest year in history". Xbox 360 has had a steady lead over Playstation 3 sales ever since its release in 2006. Still having a lead in sales over Playstation 3 today and having a brief lead over Wii sales, from 2006 to mid 2007, today both are behind current Wii sales.

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Region

Units Sold

Canada
~870,000
United States
~11,600,000
Europe
~11,000,000
Japan
~1,000,000
Worldwide
~28,000,000
(table for 2009 sales figures)

Console

Total Sales

Wii
~$52,000,000
Xbox 360
~$31,000,000
Playstation 3
~$24,000,000
(table for 2009 sales figures)


Xbox 360 Games


Currently there are 730 Games for the Xbox 360.
Some of the top games are:
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
  • Need for Speed: Shift
  • Halo 3 :ODST
  • Wet
  • Grand Theft Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • NHL 10
  • Brutal Legend
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • WWE Smackdwn vs Raw 2010
  • Dirt 2
  • Borderlands
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
  • Operation Flashpoint:Dragon Rising
  • Fallout 3



Technical Problems


Unfortunately, the Xbox 360 is prone to numerous technical problems. Since the initial release of the console in 2005, a moderate amount of users have voiced and reported their concerns with the reliability of the console. In order to counteract this problem, Microsoft extended the Xbox 360's manufacturer's warranty to three years for hardware related failure problems. These problems generate a "General Hardware Failure" error report". This is indicated by noticing that three red sectors around the power button are flashing red. More popularly, this error is known as the "Red Ring of Death".external image moz-screenshot.jpg
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Red Ring of Death


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