Microsoft - Xbox 360 (Review)

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Microsoft – Xbox 360
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What’s in this review?

  • The pros & cons of the system.
  • System specifications.
  • My experience with the system.

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System Specification:
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Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU:

  • 3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
  • 2 hardware threads per core; 6 hardware threads total
  • 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core; 3 total
  • 128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread
  • 1 MB L2 cache

CPU Game Math Performance:

  • 9 billion dot product operations per second
  • Custom ATI Graphics Processor: 500 MHz
  • 10 MB embedded DRAM
  • 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically-scheduled shader pipelines
  • Unified shader architecture

Polygon Performance:

  • 500 million triangles per second
  • Pixel Fill Rate:
  • 16 gigasamples per second fillrate using 4X MSAA
  • Shader Performance:
  • 48 billion shader operations per second

Memory:

  • 512 MB GDDR3 RAM
  • 700 MHz DDR
  • Unified memory architecture

Memory Bandwidth:

  • 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
  • 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
  • 21.6 GB/s front-side bus

Overall System Floating-Point Performance:

  • 1 TFLOP

Storage:

  • Detachable and upgradeable 20 GB hard drive
  • 12X dual-layer DVD-ROM
  • Memory unit support starting at 64 MB

I/O:

  • Support for up to 4 wireless game controllers
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 memory unit slots

Optimized for Online:

  • Instant, out-of-the-box access to Xbox Live features, including Xbox Live Marketplace for downloadable content, Gamer Profile for digital identity and voice chat to talk to friends while playing games, watching movies or listening to music
  • Built in Ethernet Port
  • Wi-Fi Ready: 802.11 A, B and G
  • Video Camera Ready

Digital Media Support:

  • Support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD
  • Stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras, Windows XP PCs
  • Rip music to Xbox 360 hard drive
  • Custom playlists in every game
  • Windows Media Center Extender built in
  • Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers

HD Game Support:

  • All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing
  • Standard definition and high definition video output supported

Audio:

  • Multichannel surround sound output
  • Supports 48 KHz 16-bit audio
  • 320 independent decompression channels
  • 32-bit audio processing
  • Over 256 audio channels

System Orientation:

  • Stands vertically or horizontally
  • Customizable Face Plates:
  • Interchangeable to personalize the console
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The Pros & Cons of the Xbox 360
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Pros & Cons
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Pros:


  • Powerful next-generation gaming
  • Doubles as DVD player
  • Xbox Live is a mature online platform
  • Looks quite cool
  • HD support
  • HD-DVD player add-on
  • Wireless controllers
  • Faceplates
  • I pod support

Cons:

  • Uncertainty over which titles are backward compatible from the first Xbox
  • Uses a lot of electricity
  • Games are quite expensive
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My Experience With The System
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Ok first of all I would like to say that this console is worth every penny that it costs. One thing I would like to make clear is that if you are going to buy one I recommend the Premium System because it comes ready with all the accessories to go on Xbox Live.

I have had my Xbox 360 for about 6 months now and I have had no problems with it. Some people will say that their console has over headed well this is true in most cases. But also in most cases it was the launch systems that failed the newer ones don’t have the problem of over heating now.

I have played my console on a normal T.V and a HD T.V. another thing I would like to point out is that the Xbox 360 is much better in HD but on a normal T.V it still rocks. The graphics are extremely good on both normal and HD T.Vs. An example of the raw graphics power of the Xbox 360 is the game Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion.

Xbox Live is also a big factor of the Xbox 360. to start out you will have a silver account but if you what to play games on Live you will have to buy a gold account top-up card or you can play thought the dash board with a credit card or a visa electron. Another thing I really like is the Xbox Live gamer cards (you will get one of there with your silver account) is the gamer score it is totally addictive the more levels you complete in a game the more it goes up.

The wireless controllers are really good too but I do recommend you buy a play and charge kit because it will save you a lot of money on batteries. Or if you have rechargeable batteries its saves you the wait for the charge time. Because the play and charge kit allows you to play why you charge hens the name. Another good thing about the wireless controllers is that it fits into you hands really well and the buttons are well placed.

Overall Score:
Excellent Product
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9/10
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