You'll be able to buy your own Xbox 360 in the UK before Christmas. In the meantime, here's everything you need to know on the world's most most advanced console.
- the 360 will have "the greatest game lineup in the history of video games" according to Microsoft
- all the games will be optimised for hi-def - including UK ones
- launch titles include Call of Duty 2, Quake 4, Project Gotham 3 and Ghost Recon 3
- though there's no mention of Halo 3, Microsoft are promising exclusive games from Rare, Biowave and Bungie. So Halo 3's coming. Just probably not at launch.
- customised stickers for the console's front panel
- three 3.2GHz IBM processors
- wireless controllers
- an ATI graphics card
- 512MB RAM
- 2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting up mass storage MP3 players and digital cameras
- progressive scan output
- a detachable 20GB hard drive
- built-in Wi-Fi
- 2 memory card slots
- Xbox Live USB camera
- two versions - Silver and Gold
- If you go for Silver, you won't have to pay a subscription, but won't be able to play multiplayer games. You will, however, be able to access the 'Xbox Live Marketplace' where you'll be able to download demos, trailers, maps and a whole multitude of game content.
- If you go Gold, you'll pay a sub and be able to play friends online - much like today. You'll also be able to use the Xbox Live Camera, a USB camera that'll allow you to send video messages and see friends while playing games.
- Everyone with a Gamertag will get a a Gamer Profile, which'll include new info such as your style of play.
- Media Centre Extender is built into the Xbox, meaning you'll be able to stream recorded TV, photos, music and vids from Media Centre PCs elsewhere in your house
- Game invites will interupt music and movies so you can automatically switch to a game
- It'll playback high def WMV streamed from other PCs. Microsoft also hints at the prospect of web streaming hi-def vids directly to the Xbox in the future.
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