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The XBOX 360 is the second game console developed by Microsoft. With the XBOX 360, you can watch home videos, listen to music, view photographs, screen DVDs in 720p, and more. When it comes to games, the console packs incredible processing power. The XBOX 360 is powered by a CPU which is made up of 3 seperate core processors which run symetrically at 3.2GHz each. The CPU is paired with a custom 500Mhz ATI graphics processor and 512MB of RAM utilized through a unified memory architecture. A 12X DVD ROM drive supports game and progressive DVD movie playback. The XBOX 360 is available in two versions, the XBOX 360, often referred to as the premium version, and the Core System. Both versions play all 360 games and have the same internal hardware. The Premium version includes a 20Gb hard drive, a wireless controller, an XBOX Live headset, component HD AV cable, and an ethernet cable. The Core System includes a composite AV cable and a wired controller. Though the Core System does not ship with all the items as the Premium version does, it is fully upgradeable through seperate purchases of these additions. The XBOX 360 does support limited backward compatibility with original XBOX titles if you have an XBOX 360 hard drive, through software emulation. To play original XBOX games, 360 owners can update their system to play these titles via XBOX Live or optical disk. Various patches for individual games, often referred to as "nuggets" come preloaded on the hard drive but can be uploaded to the XBOX 360 in the same way. XBOX 360 Live, Microsoft's online network service for the XBOX 360 is accessible through XBOX Live accounts. XBOX 360 players can create "Silver" accounts at no charge to access downloads, demos and purchases through XBOX Live Marketplace. Online gameplay is available by purchasing a "Gold" account. Accounts can be purchased online via XBOX Live, or with cards at retail outlets that can be activated online. XBOX Live accounts do require either a memory card or an XBOX 360 hard drive to save account information.

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  • Hardware, software, and services: Fusing powerful hardware, software, and services, Xbox 360 fully engages you in a gaming experience that is more expansive, dramatic, and lifelike, where the possibilities are limitless and your imagination knows no boundaries.
  • Industrial design: A merger of form and function, Xbox 360 wraps powerful technology in a sophisticated exterior.
  • Xbox Gamer Guide: The Xbox Gamer Guide is an entertainment gateway that instantly connects you to your games, friends, music, movies, and downloadable content.
  • Personalized interface: Xbox 360 lets you create your own unique system and experience.
  • Ring of Light and Xbox Guide Button: Featured on both the wireless and wired controllers, the Xbox Guide Button puts you in control of your experience. In addition to bringing up the Xbox Gamer Guide and the Xbox System Guide, the Xbox Guide Button lets you turn the system on and off without ever leaving the couch.
  • Xbox Live: Xbox Live is where games and entertainment come alive, the only unified place where you can play with anyone, anytime, anywhere. And the best just got better. Connect your Xbox 360 to your broadband connection and get instant access to Xbox Live Silver. Express your digital identity through your Gamertag and gamer card, talk with others using voice chat, and access Xbox LiveMarketplace—all right out of the box, at no extra cost.
  • Xbox Live Marketplace: Keep your favorite games fresh with instant access to new content. Accessible to everyone who establishes a broadband connection with their Xbox 360, XboxLive Marketplace lets you personalize and extend your experience, on demand.
  • Games: Xbox 360 redefines what games look like, sound like, feel like, and play like to engage you like never before. Vibrant characters display depth of emotion to evoke more dramatic responses, immersing you in the experience like never before. You'll see all Xbox 360 titles at 720p and 1080i resolution in 16:9 widescreen, with anti-aliasing for smooth, movie-like graphics and multi-channel surround sound.
  • Digital entertainment: Amplify your music, photos, video, and TV. Watch progressive-scan DVD movies right out of the box. Rip music to the Xbox 360 hard drive and share your latest digital pictures with friends. Make the connection, and Xbox 360 instantly streams the digital media stored on your MP3 player, digital camera, Media Center PC, or any Microsoft® Windows® XP-based PC.

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Microsoft could offer targeted political ads on Xbox LIVE in the US

No opt-out available it seems

Mar 07, 2014, by Philip Moody | 32 comments
December's 'Games With Gold' gifts Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots to 360 subscribers

Do I really need to say anything?

Nov 27, 2013, by Rory Young | 10 comments
Rumor: Microsoft shifting gears to AMD processors with next Xbox

Turning to mainstream x86-based system architecture to reduce costs

Apr 08, 2013, by Leo Chan | 11 comments
Xbox 360 beta dashboard reveals subscription service for Xbox Music

Free ad-supported access is still planned

Sep 27, 2012, by Leo Chan | 10 comments
Microsoft pushes Kinect, SmartGlass connectivity during E3 conference

E3 SmartGlass brings tablet, smartphone secondary display support for 360

Jun 04, 2012, by Leo Chan | 2 comments
What we want to see from Microsoft at E3 2012

E3 Anticipating Halo and a strong third party presence

May 29, 2012, by Lydia Sung | 4 comments

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Cheap 12-month Xbox Live deal. http://neo.ly/1397qBB Xbox360
Aug 10, 12 5:05pm
I'm pretty sure this is the best console I have ever played, the Xbox is good, the Xbox 360 is amazing. Keen for the Xbox 720! :D Xbox360
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4/5 Xbox360
Jun 17, 10 2:56pm
I have one but...It has the CURSED red ring Xbox360
Erebos Static
Dec 08, 09 2:20pm
Best system so far! Xbox360
RabidChinaGirl blogged
Sep 28, 09 1:29am

Been a while, but I finally got the chance to write a Sunday editorial today. The topic has been on my mind a while, so I thought it was about time I wrote about it. Would make more sense if you guys have Xbox LIVE, but I do go over the subject a bit before delving into the issue.

For those who do have Xbox LIVE and subscribe to Gold, you may be rather annoyed by Microsoft charging so much for the new Avatar merchandise. Of course, I have friends who don't care and throw away money on it. Oddly enough, I hear / read this excuse a lot: "I need something to waste my points on."

I think one issue is that many people don't realize these points cost money, and it really adds up after a while. Because they're called "points," we don't directly associate it with hard-earned cash. Thus, people are more willing to spend their points, forgetting they're actually spending real money. On top of this discrepancy, many young people have yet to fully comprehend the value of a dollar and how hard it is to earn that money. So when we see a blue lightsaber in the Marketplace, we see only 400 Microsoft Points, not $5.00 that can be used to buy food and drink.

It's more than just a rant though, but a valid look at some ways Microsoft can improve the system to be more consumer friendly. Here's an excerpt, followed by the link.
T-shirts in the Avatar Marketplace usually go for 80 points, while some smaller items will drop to 16 Points, or 50 cents, specifically in the "Styles Store" for generic items. Name brands like Roxy, Adidas, tokitoki, and even Penny Arcade generally cost more. The "Game Styles," which cover video game costumes and accessories, are also leaning on the pricey side. This scheme makes sense because whenever a brand or any other recognizable name gets involved, royalties come into play. And really, PSN users can buy virtual goodies too, so what's the big deal with Xbox LIVE?

The big deal is that users already need to pay an annual $50 subscription fee (or go month to month with subscription cards) to get the complete package. I have never had a problem with this fee. In fact, Microsoft's monthly rate for Gold has spoiled me, and I refuse to pay more for any sort of online game. This Avatar Marketplace, however, felt like a hard kick to the proverbial testicles.

One reason this change felt like a scam is the previous free Avatar updates. They were sparse but free. We looked forward to Major Nelson's announcements each Tuesday, hoping to see new items for our Avatars. Sadly, these updates have since disappeared after the Avatar Marketplace was launched. In a perfect world, Microsoft would somehow pay the royalties on their own without having to charge players; unfortunately, that's not how the capitalist world works, and even the people behind Xbox LIVE need food, shelter, and medical insurance.

But there must be a better way, and I believe Microsoft can still make money off the Avatar Marketplace with a fairer, more consumer-friendly system.
LINK: Sunday Musing: Three ways to improve the Avatar Marketplace on Xbox LIVE

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gerard way owns you
Jun 19, 09 9:52am
Got it for free, broken. Currently in a local repair shop, in hopes of it being repairable. Xbox360
Jan 27, 09 3:56am
Is awesome. 'nuff said. Xbox360
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