Microsoft's new Xbox 360.
Here's some news for all you console gamers out there. Last May 12, Microsoft unveiled on MTV the successor to its popular Xbox console: the Xbox 360.
It sports an IBM PowerPC-based CPU with three symmetrical cores running at 3.2GHz, 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM, a customized ATI graphics processor running at 500 MHz with 10 MB of embedded DRAM, a 20 GB detachable and upgradeable hard drive, and a 12x dual layer DVD-ROM drive which can read virtually any currently existing DVD format there is out there.
There's no word yet, whether the Xbox 360 is backward compatible with existing Xbox games. You can view the official fact sheet which contains the full technical specifications as well as details on its improved sound capabilities and new wireless controllers here.
With Microsoft first out of the gate with the release of a next-generation console, and with the upcoming release as well of the much anticipated and much hyped PlayStation 3, what will happen in the next round of the console wars? Well, it's definitely too early to tell, but one thing's for sure. Gamers everywhere never had it better.
Check out the table below to see how far we've come in so short a time:
|Console||CPU||Memory||Video||Hard Drive||Optical Drive|
|Microsoft Xbox 360||3.2 GHz IBM PowerPC based||512 MB GDDR3||500 MHz Custom ATI (10 MB embedded DRAM)||20 GB||12x DL DVD-ROM|
|Microsoft Xbox||733 MHz Intel Custom Pentium III||64 MB DDR SDRAM||250 MHz Custom NVIDIA (NV2x)||8 GB||5x DVD-9 DVD-ROM|
|Nintendo GameCube||485 MHz IBM PowerPC "Gekko"||24 MB 1T-SRAM||162 MHz Custom ATI "Flipper" (2 MB embedded DRAM)||none||3" proprietary optical disc drive|
|Sony PlayStation 2||300 MHz MIPS-IV Subset "Emotion Engine"||32 MB RAMBUS DRAM||147.456 MHz Graphics Synthesizer (4 MB embedded VRAM)||Optional 40 GB||4x DVD-5 DVD-ROM|
|Sega Dreamcast||200 MHz Hitachi SH-4||16 MB SDRAM||NEC/Videologic PowerVR2DC (8 MB dedicated RAM)||none||12x proprietary GD-ROM|
|Sony PlayStation||33.8688 MHz R3000A 32-bit RISC||2 MB RAM||3D Geometry Engine (1 MB dedicated VRAM)||none||2x CD-ROM|