The curtain officially rises on the Xbox 360 this Thursday. But what's real and what's rumour nonsense?
Engadget tell us the picture above was taken last Friday at a press preview in LA. We're sceptical about its provenance but will happily be proven wrong. What it shows - and we're firmly in speculation land here - is a headset that you can't see, a controller that you can't really see, a webcam and a console. The console, so Stuff's told by games publishers and developers, is the right shape, though the final finish and colour remain to be seen.
- It'll be more powerful than the Sony PS3, Nintendo Revolution and every mainframe ever built
- It'll be the best thing since the wheel
What we actually know
- It'll have a green light
- Personalisation will be massive - online and in your home
- Media Centre Extender-style functionality will be standard
- Wi-Fi's a given
- It's a virtual cert' that it won't be backwards compatible with the current Xbox
- Hi-def games will be much more common than first time round. And UK punters will be able to play HD games out of the (ahem) box
- Xbox Live will expand way beyond gaming. Think: music, videos, chat and news
- It'll be designed to stack vertically or horizontally, like the PS2.