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Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is a video game console developed and produced by Microsoft.

Released in late 2005, it is the very first 7th-generation video game console. Like other 7th-generation consoles, it comes with Internet connectivity as standard and can connect to the Xbox Live online service.

While being a successor to the Xbox, the hardware is completely different; it has a PowerPC-based CPU co-developed by Microsoft and IBM. However the Xbox 360 has backward compatibility with some Xbox game titles.

The original Xbox 360s were plagued by the RROD (Red Ring of Death) issue mostly because of the wrong type of lead-free solder Microsoft used in the first models. Later models fixed said issue.

Microsoft later introduced the Kinect motion-sensing camera for Xbox 360 in 2010.

While it was popular in the U.S., the same cannot be said to other regions. It was very unpopular in Japan.

Features

  • It is powered by a 3-core PowerPC-based CPU known as 'Xenon.' It was co-developed by Microsoft and IBM.
  • The graphics is provides by the Xenos GPU that is co-developed by Microsoft and ATI (later merged into AMD).
  • Both CPU and GPU are connected to the unified 512 MB of GDDR3 memory through 128-bit bus. The memory subsystem also has the 10 MB of eDRAM to reducing bottleneck.
  • It has a read-only DVD drive as standard.
  • In the later version of the original arcade models, it has the on-board storage of 256 MB and 512 MB. The 'S' arcade model has increased to 4 GB.
  • The original models supports Memory units designated for it, but those memory cards are unsupported in later models. (S models and later)
  • The premium edition of the original models comes with the detachable 2,5 inches HDDs that are held within custom enclosures. The custom HDD wasn't supports by later models. The capacities of those HDD are between 20 GB to 250 GB.
  • Some S models and some later models comes with the HDD inside the console (and cannot be upgrade by users). The capacities is between 250 GB to 320 GB.
  • The gamepad for Xbox 360 comes in both wired and wireless version. The wireless version can connects to the console through wireless connection, and it is powered by two AA batteries.
  • Originally the Xbox 360 doesn't have the web browser until the late 2012 update where Internet Explorer was added.
  • The original models only has analog video/audio output ports, but since the introduction of the Elite models, it comes with a HDMI port.
  • The original models require a Wireless Network Adapter to support Wi-Fi connectivity. Since the S models, the Wi-Fi connectivity comes as standard.


See Also

PlayStation 3 and Wii - Rival consoles to the Xbox 360 in the 7th generation
Xbox - The Xbox 360's predecessor
Xbox One - The Xbox 360's successor
Microsoft - The company who produces the Xbox 360

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