Xbox 360

Xbox 360

Microsoft's first video game console, the Xbox , has sold more than 20 million units worldwide since its introduction in The games are written, published, and distributed through a community managed portal. As the game industry moved into the next generation of video game technology, Microsoft was determined to dethrone Sony's PlayStation. A simplified version of it was also accessible at any time via the Xbox Guide button on the gamepad. Microsoft rebuilt the Xbox from the ground up. The original Xbox was essentially a Windows PC with a modified Pentium III processor , some relatively powerful graphics and audio hardware and a modified version of the Microsoft operating system Windows , all packaged in that distinctive black box. The Xbox , like all video game consoles, is just a computer with hardware and software dedicated to the function of running video game software. Mistwalker's second game, Lost Odyssey also sold over , copies. On the next page, we'll look at variations of the Xbox that are marketed to different kinds of gamers. Users may play back their own music while playing games or using the dashboard, and can play music with an interactive visual synthesizer. XNA Community provides a channel for digital videogame delivery over Xbox Live that can be free of royalties, publishers and licenses. Its new Xbox Guide retains all Dashboard functionality including the Marketplace browser and disk ejection and the original "Blade" interface although the color scheme has been changed to match that of the NXE Dashboard.

Users may play back their own music while playing games or using the dashboard, and can play music with an interactive visual synthesizer. Rock of Agesone of many Unreal Engine 3 powered games available on Xbox Despite the Xbox's impressive power, the list of big-name video game titles to support it and the success of the Xbox's online component, Xbox LIVE, Sony's PlayStation 2 still outsold it.

In addition to classic arcade games such as Ms. Microsoft has allowed previous Xbox Live subscribers to maintain their profile information, friends listand games history when they make the transition to Xbox Live Gold.

Mistwalker's second game, Lost Odyssey also sold overcopies.

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As the game industry moved into the next generation of video game technology, Microsoft was determined to dethrone Sony's PlayStation. Microsoft Points can also be purchased through Xbox Live with a credit card in , 1,, 2, and 5,point denominations. Users can now install games from disc to the hard drive to play them with reduced load time and less disc drive noise, but each game's disc must remain in the system in order to run. From the name to the look to hardware and features, the Xbox is a radically different and more powerful machine than its predecessor. Enter the Xbox Xbox Live also supports voice the latter a feature possible with the Xbox Live Vision. The Xbox , like all video game consoles, is just a computer with hardware and software dedicated to the function of running video game software. The games are written, published, and distributed through a community managed portal. See more Photo courtesy Microsoft Corp. Microsoft rebuilt the Xbox from the ground up.

It could be launched automatically when the console booted without a disc in it, or when the disc tray was ejected, but the user had the option to select what the console does if a game is in the tray on start up, or if inserted when already on. XNA Community provides a channel for digital videogame delivery over Xbox Live that can be free of royalties, publishers and licenses.

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Such updates are mandatory for users wishing to use Xbox Live, as access to Xbox Live is disabled until the update is performed.

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