Westwood Village Drive
friend had purchased
an x-box and can not figure out how to keep the music he downloaded
while you play a game....and neither can i, could you explain that too
us.......we would sure appreciate it
I try to
play DVD's on my
XBOX, yet each DVD freezes approx. when it gets a little past half-way
through the movie. This error/gliche has occurred with all of the DVDs
that I have tried to watch through the XBOX. I thought it was just the
certain DVD hook-up kit that I bought, so I bought another one, yet the
same thing happened again. And again and again. I don't know what to
Please help. Anyone have any suggestions or answers to this unfortunate
intended to get
this system, but after hearing news about faulty XBOX units and the
that it is not TV-ready and limited game selection, I persuaded him to
get a PS2 instead.
You got to
I sold my
PS2 in october
of 2001 to buy Xbox games and haven't regret since.
release of MGS2
for the PS2, the ONLY title that even showed you the potential of the
was GT3. All the rest were PSX ports or PSX deports.
The PS2 had
close to DOA3, HALO, or AIR FORCE DELTA STORM in it's debut lineup. Red
Faction came out a few months after it's debut, which was okay; but
that the PSX couldn't have done.
into the PS2 you
had Red Faction, MGS2, GT3, and mostly PSX releases since the PS2
were still largely CD-ROMS.
into the Xbox we
got HALO, Project Gotham Racing, DOA3, Circus Maximus, Air Force Delta
Storm, WWF RAW, Max Payne, Knockout Kings 2002, NFL Fever 2001, NBA
Drive 2001, Obi-Wan, Jedi StarFighter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
The Reckoning, Sega GT 2002, Dead to Rights, and the coolest RPG's,
THPS genres you could want.
was designed for
use in a teenagers room hooked up to 19" TV.
support 5.1 DSS
in game, nor does it support digital or HDTV's.
The Xbox was
adults who would most likely own a theatre sound system and/or a
Hype is Sony's middle
name, and don't you forget it.
gday my name
is Jesse o'keefe
could you please send me information on box such as
AUDIENCE THE XC-BOX
IN BEST SUITED FOR
HAVING TROUBLE IFNDING
INFORMATION ON THESE TOPICS AS MOST THE THE INFO IS ON GAMES AND
THAT IS NOT NEDDED COULD U PLEASE SEND ASAP THANK YOU IF YOU COULD IT
BE MUCH APPRECIATED.
If you think
the XBOX is
like the Playstation then you must be blind. Play Halo with 8
at the same house and then tell me it's not better than the PS2.
Deal with it.
I bought my
before christmas, this June it stopped working. For no reason i
changing from one game to another and it just stopped reading the
ive tried dvds, audio cds, and games, nothing will work. My 90day
warrenty is up so i took the thing apart and cleaned the laser put it
together and it still does not work. I believe for some reason my
laser has become to weak to read anything. If anyone knows where i am
to search for electronic parts, or a website that has similar products
plz email me. I have the product number for the laser, Ive already
calling the manufactuar they told me that i cannot be sent this product
and if i want it fixed ill have to send it in and pay 130 dollars plus
any shipping and handleing fees. I told them squarly to screw off, i
just spent 300 on the thing why should i spend more. plz if you have
ideas email me.
I bought the
X-mas and I love it. Halo is the best game I have ever played. There
a few things that I do have a grip about
bad though. I
just am not a big fan of all the sports games I would like to see the
shooter games start to equal the sports games in numbers. I also can't
understand why any gamemaker would make a fighting (Bruce Lee for exp.)
just a single player game. why not at least a 2 player that can fight
other. Well thats about all I have to say right now except please tell
me theres going to be a Halo 2.THANK YOU
mean? Halo is almost
to a tee what you described the the games lacked. In any case that is
the responsibility of the software end than the hardware aspect. The
only recently acquired the power to render the kind of effects you are
desiring, there was no need for game coders to write such effects into
their games until the means to image it properly was there.
case the Xbox is
more than ready to do, it was literally born ready for high quality
AND IT IS
THE ONLY CONSOLE
WITH IN GAME DOLBY 5.1 SS, the cube has DTS at least, the PS2 only
5.1DSS in DVD playback mode.
Xbox is HDTV ready.
DELTA STORM is great,
HUNTER:THE RECKONING looks way cool, PROJECT GOTHAM RACING is
the best is still yet to come:
THE THING(9-12), GHOST RECON, SPLINTER CELL, BRUTE FORCE.......and so
more most w/online play features.
I sold my
PS2 in favor of
getting my Xbox on it's debut day 11.15.01, and I haven't regretted it
noting that the
PS2 eventually crapped out all together on the person I sold it to;
laser assembly was just one of many defective PS2's. First it quit
DVD's and certain PS2 games, then it quit altogether.
Xbox you won't regret
wondering if xbox
hooks up to the internet (like surf the web and talk to people on msn
and how to do it if it does hook up to the internet. also what did you
mean when it said "such as taping television shows to the hard drive"
do you also do that?
X-box ? I LOVE
IT !!!!!!!!!!!! You have no idea , i neglect my kids , friends ,
, mom , dad ......so on . the games are soo realistic ! i dont
what ''robert'' is talkin about , X-BOX RULES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOUKI IMMORTAL firstname.lastname@example.org
"Cell" produced by IBM on 0.10-micron process.
per Second: 2
2 Billion Polygons per Second
processor design specifically
for broadband communication generation.
Engine on 0.13-micron process (backward compatible with PS2)
300 MHz or
375 MHz (selectable)
from 320x224 to 1920x1080
SPU3 + CPU
Voices: 256 ADPCM
channels + software
Release Date: Q4
Date: Q3 2005
HYPE i bought an xbox and nfl fever and after hour i took it back
with my buddies! the controller both american and japanese sucks and is
worst for any system the system feels very much like a pc very sharp
resolution but jerky graphics and gameplay nfl fever was a joke
madden infact playstatio 2s madden looks better overall id say than the
mighty xboxs fever the players on the xbox were too colorful like a
with no real faces justcartoon faces only the crowd looked had (newage)
graphics so after a goodlaugh i took it back and bought a playstion 2
ITS PROBLEM IS PLAYSTATION 2S ARE MADE BAD PAY EXTRA AN GET THE
WARRANTY TRUST ME SOME PLAYSTION 2S SKIP SOME BURNOUT SOME HAVE FANS GO
OUT BUT EVEN WITH ALL THAT ITS SLEEKEST SYSTEM LOOKING HAS BEST ADULT
AND BEST CONTROLLERS CAN MOVE MORE POLYGONS THAN GAMECUBE GC 6-12 P2
SO P2 ITS ALMOST EXACTLY SAME AS XBOX WITH LIL LESS SPEED AND MEMORY
MUCH BETTER OVERALL
future video game
systems will the xbox still be the best system of them all?
xbox have more games
then the amount of games sony made?
i dont have
cable or dsl
& i want to use the x-box's modem Is microsoft gonna make a special
connecter for people like me ?
As part of
my degree course,
i have to do a oresentation on consumer perception of the xbox. i
would be very grateful for any information you might be able to forward
on to me regarding your marketing plan/spend, etc
in advance for
Sorry to say
but the xbox is crap.
I own a PS2
and the xbox
has no chance of taking Sony's place in the console market!
looks to have a
good chance but X box no!
The specs of
X box make
me wanna crap my self when im laughing my head off.
wanted to make my
point of what i think.
I got my
X-box and i have
to say that there is no comparison between it and the PS2. I'm
impressed with the extras that come with the systtem, and hope that you
guys at Microsoft will continue to create kick butt systems.
guys over did it perfect
idea of online play in the future.thats probably what will bring in
idea of creation they find a way to do something on the internet u
graphics are well
done as well, I guess I saw what Robert didint because i was playing
Hawk's PS X and i saw shadows heard noises and im tellin' ya the grass
was swayin when i looked at it!
then im over
at my friend's
house he's playing an N64 and im like whoa! these graphics arent like
at all, it looked all choppy.
Xbox's graphics are
in my book. now the DVD Movie Qaulity is pretty good to the Remote has
everything that an ordinary one has and the pause doesnt look like they
just smeared the picture which is a good thing so I guess I'm saying ur
it up this is all
been able to play
all dvd's which I have at the moment except for one. The X box
Disney's Snow White.
Any ideas. It plays Snow White's disk 2, but not the one with
movie on it.
Wars Obi Wan stops
loading on certian levels. I can't play them because it
you are in the
the X-box, but I
was hoping to see better graphics in it than the N64, Playstation, or
games that I
but as it turn out to be it was just exactly like the Playstation.
2. I was expecting
to see games that seemed more Movie like or with lots of detail.
expecting to see more
natural movements in the game like, when a character moves out
seem more natural. Plants flowing in the wind, Shadows, Objects
the wind, noise
of nature, but I saw very little of that, and more Cartoonish. I hope
out, and I also
hope Microsoft can try to WOW me, and stop trying to Hype the
entry into the console
wars has been revealed by Microsoft. After much speculation,
the look of
the Xbox is
now public. Thanks to Xbox.com for the following images.
motif, which was rumored
from the start, has been retained, and Microsoft has borrowed
to round out the console and controller design.
PS2, the Xbox will
feature a sliding CD tray rather than a pop-up lid. Instead of going
2 controller set up, Microsoft has opted to emulate the N64 and
of the system has
a heavy-duty fan to alleviate the good ol' PSOne related
on the top is creatively called the "Jewel" by Microsoft, and it
was just a
little too similar to the X-Men movie.
a Dreamcast Controller
painted black? Nope, it's the Xbox controller.
analog stick on
the right is the major difference. Also, a standard
set up will please
fighter fans. Note the black and white buttons
near the top
of the controller.
If only society were so tolerant.
regarding the Xbox's price point and release date
to in Xbox.com's
mailer. While nothing was confirmed, it was
that the Xbox
is set for a fall 2001 release, and most console
"tend to happen
right around September or October". Similarly,
the Xbox is
be carrying a "competitive price", with the $299 PS2,
prices being referenced.
by Microsoft and
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fill rate (1 texture):
fill rate (2 textures):
DVD; hard disk TBD
(in range 6-8GB);
controller x4; Ethernet
audio support in hardware:
by 1,080 pixels
resolution (2 by 32bpp
buffers + Z):
Arts to make Xbox games
said the top independent video game developer, Electronic Arts Inc.
make titles for its upcoming Xbox console, giving a huge boost to the
giant's push into the $20 billion-a-year video game market.
gives Microsoft a key weapon in its quest to unseat Sony Corp.'s
2 game console from its throne atop the industry.
no question. This
is a crucial relationship," said Steve Kleynhans, an analyst with
consultancy the META Group.
"EA is the
in games. If you don't have them producing games for your platform,
I wouldn't say it was impossible, but it would be a fairly significant
negative on the new platform," Kleynhans said.
its popular sports
games like Madden Football and NASCAR auto racing, Electronic Arts, or
EA, would make up to 10 titles within six months of the Xbox's launch,
scheduled for fall 2001.
significant in terms
of the direction we're heading with Xbox, and a significant sign of
building with the platform," Robbie Bach, Microsoft's "Chief Xbox
said in an interview.
Win for EA
The deal was
important for EA
as well because the Redwood, California-based company stood to reap
gains if the Xbox takes off, analysts said.
EA some more robustness
to its offerings," said P.J. McNealy, an analyst with the Gartner
a technology consultancy.
a huge part of
EA's revenues come from sales of PlayStation titles, McNealy said, "EA
doesn't necessarily care which platform is more successful, they just
to sell software."
Bach and EA
Larry Probst declined to disclose financial details of the deal, which
capped months of negotiations and private comments that an agreement
be reached sooner or later.
really since the beginning. EA was one of the first we briefed on our
and they gave some great feedback," Bach said.
of games would
likely go on sale at the Xbox launch, and Electronic Arts had ordered
development kits to start work on the titles, Probst said.
of more EA titles
would depend on how the Xbox fared in the market, Probst said.
platform is successful
then we will support it fully," Probst said. "Obviously, we think that
the Xbox can be a successful entrant in the category."
But EA may
also have to handle
its Microsoft relationship with care given its cozy ties to Sony and a
budding partnership with Microsoft Internet rival America Online Inc.
offer online games, Gartner's McNealy said.
In addition to
2, the Xbox will also face Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s upcoming GameCube and
Dreamcast from Sega Enterprises Ltd.
has also signed
up some 150 other game developers, including heavyweights like No. 2
Inc., to ensure there are enough titles to make an Xbox purchase
Intel Corp. processor, a hard drive and a modem for high-speed Internet
access, the Xbox uses PC-based technology to power what Microsoft says
will be the most powerful game machine on the planet.
The Xbox is
also the software
giant's biggest push yet into hardware, and the company's determination
to win is signaled by the $500 million marketing war chest it is
behind the product.
Live and Hype in L.A.
Since E3 is
as Los Angeles is to fakery, it is a credit to Microsoft that it was
to promote the Xbox without cranking the hype amp to 11. The Xbox had a
high profile debut, thanks to spokesmodel Raven climbing a few crates
a trailer and kicking open another enormous crate containing... another
enormous X. After that, the Xbox had a center place at the Microsoft
on the floor, and the Xbox team was showing some new demos in an office
that Microsoft had set up in another part of the Expo. Microsoft
that since playable code for Xbox games is obviously a long way off, it
should not promote hysterically what is right now only the acorn of the
DirectMusic demo was
interesting because it is one of the few times that a company has
an emphasis on the auditory experience of video gaming. Often musical
are ignored by most gamers or are simply crowded by the sound effects
the dialogue. Microsoft is obviously intent upon making the Xbox as
as possible, and that includes giving it the kind of aural capabilities
that no other current console can boast. While the DirectMusic
were the primary focus of the demo, the secondary importance was the
nature of programming for the Xbox. With 64MB of unified RAM and a
chip that supports up to 256 voice channels, composers have tremendous
power and flexibility within the Xbox architecture. Although none of
representatives mentioned the rumored difficulties developers are
with the PS2, they often repeated the fact that the Xbox is going to
simple to program for.
was clear that there
are more tech demos in our near future; Seamus Blackley hinted that
are some new versions of the GDC demos that show off the system's
anti-aliasing capabilities. However, this kind of mammoth launch
happen without a very detailed plan, and right now that plan includes
showing the music demo.
for E3 was that Sony didn't have any homeruns, Nintendo stayed on the
and that Sega came in and stole the game. Microsoft had a presence --
were those colorful Xbox Xterras driving journalists around town, and
was plenty of advertising presence -- but there wasn't much hard news
discuss. Developers have clearly been given their marching orders too,
because when we spoke to Mark Rein of Epic and asked him how Unreal
2 was coming along for the Xbox, he just smiled a Cheshire cat grin
and said he had no idea what we were talking about. There have been
leaks from other developers about Xbox titles, but much of the
is little more than guessing that high-end PC developers will port
they are working on for 2002.
it had to do for this E3. It already generated the buzz it needed in
Jose, and it simply kept a presence in L.A. There will naturally be a
post-E3 announcements in the coming weeks, and we'll keep you posted on
what those are. Daily
In a news
feed released Thursday
afternoon, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates officially announced the
of the long-rumored X-Box. Scheduled to release in the fall of 2001,
console will be supported by a number of video and computer game
and boast performance greater than any previous game system.
taking the time today
to announce the breakthrough game console known as X-Box," said Gates
the feed. "The X-box provides performance better than twice that of any
was meant for news
agencies to extract audio and video excerpts from, and as such, didn't
reveal any concrete details behind the system, its capabilities, or its
lineup. Microsoft did manage to line up a number of console and PC game
developers to praise the machine's abilities, however.
"X-Box is a
so we'll be selling it worldwide," continued Gates. "...We're very
to have software developers throughout the world contributing to the
Microsoft stressed the importance of getting X-Box development kits
the hands of developers now in order to give them a year's worth of
to create what Gates hopes to be "unbelievable games".
Interactive, Rockstar Games, Infogrames, Midway, Acclaim, Konami,
Studios, and other game developers extolled the virtues of the X-Box,
its universal hardware standard and powerful graphics as some of its
executive VP Mitch
Lasky revealed that an X-Box port of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is
in the works. Unlike the previous PlayStation, Nintendo64, and
versions of the game, Pro Skater on the X-Box will benefit from the
additional hardware muscle and boast effects such as motion blur and
going to obviously
bring many of our familiar hits ... to the X-Box, and deliver an
to the consumer with much more fluid animation and lots more polygons
the characters," noted Lasky. "But what's particularly exciting are the
kinds of things that we can't even imagine are going to be capable with
will ship with
64MB of system and video RAM, will have an 8GB hard drive, and will be
powered by a 650MHz version of AMD's popular Athlon CPU. Contrary to
reports, however, the X-Box will not be using a GeForce 256 as its
graphics processor. Instead, Microsoft has supposedly opted to use a
chip from Nvidia - most likely the NV11 or NV15.
level of semiconductor
technology we can deploy, and the understanding of the 3-D research
we can bring to bear, we can provide all kinds of terrific value in the
consumer electronics industry," said Nvidia president and CEO Jen-Hsun
And what of
support for the existing PC? "It's important to know that the X-Box
the PC, and we see the X-Box in the living room," said Gates. "The PC
continue to grow in the other parts of the house and we're going to
sure that developers can target both of these products very easily."
expected to unveil
the X-Box's complete specifications, and give more details behind the
developer support at the Game Developers Conference Friday morning in
may talk up
X-box next month
Gates may disclose his company's plans to participate in the game
market soon, but analysts cautioned that any statements are likely to
long on promise and short on details.
may unveil plans
for the X-box, a game-console project based around PC technologies,
he delivers a keynote speech at the Game Developer's Forum in San Jose,
Calif., on March 10, according to various published reports. This event
happens a few days after the Tokyo debut of Sony's anticipated
console. The X-box announcement could also come at Seattle's coming
convention, other sources have said.
with hardware makers and game publishers since at least last October to
drum up support for the X-box project.
typically corral support for its technology projects, don't expect to
much tangible progress just yet, analysts say. Most computer companies
and software makers are waiting to see how well the PlayStation2 does
committing resources to Microsoft's project, sources said. Reference
of the X-box might exist, but any sort of production, or exact system
likely won't be forthcoming. X-boxes won't even hit the streets until
next year, assuming the project stays on track.
that every vendor
that has met with them has said they want to wait until after the Sony
PlayStation2 comes out," said Richard Doherty of The
Envisioneering Group. "All the people that have been meeting with
have been saying they can't commit."
A speech by
Gates, if anything,
may occur only to slow down the tidal wave of momentum building for the
PlayStation2. Sony will release its anticipated game console on March 4
in Japan and bring the box to the United States later in the year. Sony
has already said it expects to sell a million units within the first 48
hours. Sony said it was getting 500,000 orders per minute when it set
a Web site for selling the PlayStation2.
X-box) is just FUD
(fear, uncertainty and doubt) directed at the PlayStation2," said Peter
Glaskowsky, an analyst with MicroDesign Resources. "It exists to show
PlayStation2 is not the only way to play games."
PlayStation2 could prove
to be a fairly hearty competitor. The system features a new processor,
called the Emotion engine, that only comes with that game console.
of the system have largely been greeted with loud applause by gamers
software developers. The box will comes with a DVD player and features
broadband Internet access, Doherty said. Nintendo's Dolphin, meanwhile,
will come out this year as well.
appears to be a PC with a fancy name.
problem with the X-box
is that you could print some labels and sell one today," Glaskowsky
"It is just a PC with a specific set of capabilities."
to get into the console market have met with limited success. Earlier,
Sega planned to adopt Windows CE as one of the primary features of its
Dreamcast console. By incorporating Windows CE, Sega could ensure that
its console would be compatible with games designed for the PC. The
of Windows CE would also allow console users to run PC like programs
surf the Web.
become the vestigal tail nub on the Dreamcast platform. Dreamcast can
Windows CE, said Doherty, but few take advantage of it. CNET.com
Next Month? 12/10/99 04:18
has reported that Microsoft's X-Box console could get its first public
unveiling at next month's Consumer Electronics Show.
Show (CES) is due to be held in Las Vegas next month. Previous new
to have debuted at the event include the VCR, CD and DVD.
development sources have
told the publication that the tradition would continue with the
of Microsoft's PC based games console, but nothing has been confirmed
Microsoft or the event's organizer.
Sony in its sights, Microsoft
entry into game machines
right, of the
Milwaukee Bucks, watches
Microsoft's 'NBA Inside
Drive 2000' in
photo. Microsoft will need all
and video game experience
to take on
Corp., determined to head off Sony
in the battle to control digital entertainment,
considering a move that could shake up the
game market, industry executives said.
By Dean Takahashi
a bid to steal the spotlight from Sony’s forthcoming
2 system, the new Microsoft game system
expected to go on sale in the fall of 2000, the
billions of dollars over four years into developing and promoting a
video game console, code-named X-Box, said one person who has been
on Microsoft’s plans. Microsoft’s proposed machine, a hybrid akin to a
PC that plugs into a television to play games, is expected to be
to the company’s specifications by PC makers or subcontractors.
In a bid to steal
from Sony’s forthcoming Playstation 2 system, the new Microsoft game
is expected to go on sale in the fall of 2000, the industry executives
said. Sony’s Playstation 2 is expected to be launched in Japan in March
and in the U.S. in the fall of 2000. It isn’t clear when Microsoft
to announce the new system.
The Playstation 2
focus of a multibillion-dollar investment by Sony and could become
competition for consumer PCs that use Microsoft software and also
boxes on top of TV sets, such as Microsoft’s WebTV system. Sony’s
will be able to run high-quality three-dimensional animations, play
video disks, connect to the Internet and store data in accessory hard
drives. The new Microsoft console is expected to play standard PC
also with movie-quality animations.
the two companies reflects a growing convergence of industries, as game
systems grow up to be full-fledged computers and PCs try to break into
the living room. With all of Playstation 2’s new capabilities,
is believed to be worried about possible defections by PC-game
some of whom could shift plans for new products to the Playstation 2.
a statement to keep the game developers and PC consumers loyal,” said
Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering Group, a Seaford, N.Y.,
firm. “Everyone can see there are 60 million Playstations out there and
20 games apiece that go with them. Sony has proven that the video game
business model works tremendously.”
Sony spokeswoman declined to comment.
Microsoft’s box would
be marketed by the company under its own brand name, that of
partners or both isn’t clear. Executives at software makers and PC
said they have been briefed by Microsoft on the X-Box but knew of no
companies that have decided to make or sell it.
It is possible
which has mounted abortive efforts to get into home entertainment
before, could back away from the idea. In August, one Microsoft
who requested anonymity, said X-Box may be killed because of the
to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in the hardware business.”
Microsoft has continued to pursue the project.
At an expected
price of about
$299, the X-Box seems based on the premise that fast-falling prices of
PC components can offer more bang for the buck than Playstation 2. The
Microsoft features may include a DVD player, a hard disk drive and
circuitry suited to fast-moving games and connections to a TV set
described the device as “a console machine with PC innards.” People
with the situation say Microsoft has decided against using
chips from Intel Corp., the company’s longtime partner in PCs, and is
considering using Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s Athlon microprocessor.
Athlon promises comparable performance to Intel’s fastest chips at a
lower price. Officials of AMD and Intel declined to
The Microsoft machine also is expected to use a graphics processor
GeForce, from Nvidia Corp., a Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker. A Nvidia
spokesman declined to comment.
Instead of a
PC operating system, Mr. Doherty believes that X-Box will use a new
of Windows 98 and a variant of Windows NT that Microsoft designed for
applications. Notably absent is Windows CE, a widely promoted operating
system for hand-held computers and other devices that is being used by
Sega Enterprises Ltd. in its rival to Playstation 2, the Dreamcast
the X-Box and PCs is that the X-Box’s basic components and features
be modifiable. In the PC business, consumers can update their machines
with add-ons that software developers target with new
On the other hand, game developers might have an easier time developing
for the X-Box since the specifications aren’t expected to change
Moreover, such a machine could become much easier to use than a
PC, said Omid Rahmat, a games analyst at Doodah Marketing in San
with Sony has been building for months. Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony
Computer Entertainment, has touted the upcoming Playstation 2 not as a
simple video game machine but as a connected device that can handle Web
surfing, electronic commerce and other chores and that is easier to use
than a PC. In one recent speech, Mr. Kutaragi said Sony’s future lies
“networked digital entertainment.”
briefed by Microsoft
said the company hasn’t taken Sony’s possibilities lightly. “The X-Box
is a frontal assault on a very big threat,” he said.
managers have noted that PC and video games appeal to two different
Most video games are played in groups in the living room, while most
action takes place closer to users’ faces. About a third of U.S.
own game consoles, compared with about half owning PCs. But the PC
of the market has been steadily declining during the past couple of
Building a fourth
in the game business — alongside Sony, Nintendo Co. and Sega — would
a huge marketing effort. Sega, for example, remains a distant third
$100 million in U.S. advertising for Dreamcast. One industry executive
said Microsoft has considered earmarking as much as $6 billion for its
effort, but another person close to the company said that figure is
At one point,
Bill Gates was expected to reveal the project next month, at his
speech at the Comdex computer trade show, where Sony CEO Noboyuki Idei
also is speaking. But other people briefed by Microsoft said the
won’t announce until next year.
For years, the
have prophesized The Great Convergence - the time when
consoles and PCs
one, and console gaming as we know it comes to an end. Older
showcased technology specifically developed for the
console as the PC
along with subpar graphics and keyboards meant for writing
games, and filling in spreadsheets.
With the latest
of consoles, one would think that convergence is fairly close.
Since the early days
gaming, PCs have since featured increasingly more powerful graphics
and sooner or later
developers had to tap into this wealth of PC technology. The
technologies first developed for PC devices. It uses a
system (Microsoft's Windows CE); a Hitachi SH-4
for Microsoft's Windows CE; and a VideoLogic PowerVR
originally for the PC. Even Nintendo's next-generation machine will
use a processor
by Big Blue itself - IBM. By doing the math, you can figure out who
is beginning to
a potential threat - Microsoft. And so the rumors began at ECTS in
creating a new console, code-named X-Box (the "X" no doubt
being a reference to
popular gaming API - DirectX).
now, as the company has yet to confirm the existence of the X-Box
in the current issue of Games Business, an article about the X-Box
on the X-Box has long been in development. And Sega of America's
Charles Bellfield is
in the article as saying, "We've known about this [X-Box] for
claims that the X-Box will not be in direct competition with Sega's
told Games Business, "The way we're going [with the
Dreamcast] is very
We are not a digital home-network entertainment-center company.
The [X-Box] is aimed
a different market, at a higher cost. It's targeting the PlayStation2."
As ZDNN revealed
morning, the X-Box hardware is likely being developed by
WebTV engineers -
crew that originally worked on the failed 3DO hardware and the
a period of lackluster sales with its 3DO console, 3DO sold its
hardware division to
which then named it CagEnt. After negotiations fell through
on a project with
Samsung then sold the group to Microsoft's WebTV division. "Those
guys are still
Hugh Martin, former CEO of 3DO Systems. "They are inside WebTV
in Palo Alto
Martin went on to say, "I guarantee you that if there's a group that
how to build a
machine, it's the one inside WebTV."
Because of Sega's
with Microsoft (its Dreamcast console has more than 70 titles in
CE environment), the company's X-Box develoment
comes as a surprise.
posed the question, why would Microsoft want to pursue a new game
console when its
Sega, has already created a successful one? "[The] Dreamcast
meets all the goals
[Sega] would set for such a device," said Peter Glaskowsky,
graphics guru at
researcher MicroDesign Resources Inc.
As for developer
several companies admitted to having spoken with Microsoft about
the X-Box platform.
in particular, SquareSoft, (maker of the popular Final Fantasy
series on the
told Bloomberg News last week that, "The biggest player cannot ignore
Maruyama, the vice-chairman of Square Electronic Arts
commented, "If they
to come in, their commitment will be very firm. They could
potentially be the
competitor to Sony."
The word on the
that a Pentium III 450MHz level CPU, from either Intel or AMD, will
power the console.
the X-Box will boast an Nvidia GeForce 256 graphics
has hinted that its new graphics processor will help developers
build console titles
the likes of Sony's PlayStation2. Statements like this may have
been hints that the
has been looking into console development. Microsoft was once
called Talisman, which hasn't been talked about in
of the GeForce 256, there has been talk that the chip
was developed with
Talisman technology. Because Nvidia produces what is
arguably the fastest
chips currently available, a Microsoft and Nvidia partnership
than release the system on its own, Microsoft will allow PC OEM
Dell to build their own devices based on the X-Box reference
makes an official announcement regarding the platform and its
plans to take on the
world, all eyes will undoubtedly be watching. For now, we can only
of such a system. Microsoft is planning to release the X-Box in late
2000, clearly going
to head with Sony's launch of the PlayStation2. Will the X-Box shake
up the console
be hunting for answers to those questions throughout the next
Here's what has
about the system so far:
A set-top game
on a modified
the Windows 2000
it hasn't been
it will be
the consumer or the true
will be inside?
as powerful as the chip
a DVD-ROM drive,
by Nvidia, and a
(upward of 4GB)
software will it
will it control?
make use of USB
ports are likely
since Sony's decision
to use only
two ports with
the PlayStation has
debated by gamers.
will it offer?
The ability to
play PC games
with no hassle,
MSN Gaming Zone,
playback, TV viewing
shows to the hard
and other Internet
will it cost?
US$300 and $350.
By Micheal Mullen
provide a compelling
reason for consumers to buy a next-generation platform
operating system for Sega’s 128-bit Dreamcast game console was only the
first step in Microsoft’s entry into the console game business. Now,
Sega’s new system on store shelves, Microsoft is preparing to launch a
game console of its own.
MICROSOFT HAS NOT
announced its new console, which is currently referred to as X-Box. But
a few analysts and software publishers were invited to attend highly
demonstrations of the new system last week during the European Computer
Trade Show in London. According to sources who attended those
sessions, X-Box will feature a 500-megahertz Intel processor backed by
the nVidia GeForce graphics chip — an innovative graphics chip that
generates 3-D graphics without tapping into the main processor. Though
X-Box will feature a DVD drive, no one has mentioned whether it will
the navigational software needed to run DVD movies.
next-generation console specs
Megahertz Intel chip
SH4 RISC with
Megahertz, 0.18 micron,
copper technology custom chip that is being co-designed with IBM.
Megahertz, 0.18 micron,
custom chip that is complete and will be manufactured by Toshiba.
as anything our
friends at Sony have" according to Nintendo of America chairman
38 million with lighting; 36 million with fogging; 16 million with
(built into console)
with special proprietary
coding to protect against piracy. Should hold 8 gigabytes of
GD-ROM (a double-density
CD that holds 1 gigabyte of information.) Sega has designs to release a
DVD-based machine in the future.
with special proprietary
coding to protect against piracy. Should hold 8 gigabytes of
(A four-layer DVD-ROM can hold up to 17 gigabytes.)
should hold 8 gigabytes
launch date and price
for between $249 and $300.
Sept. 9, 1999 for
release in fall 2000.
for release in
Japan this winter and U.S. release in fall 2000.
chip, Windows operating system, several-gigabyte hard disk.
head start on other
titles at launch,
designed by ArtX,
founded by the guy
with original PlayStation.
One of the system’s
features will be a multi-gigabyte hard disk. None of the other “next
game consoles has an internal storage system. Unlike Dreamcast, which
both a proprietary operating system and a customized version of Windows
CE, X-Box will only feature a Windows operating system. According to
the system will have 64 megabytes of textured RAM, a 56K modem and an
Explorer-based browser. Despite all of these PC-esque features,
will be a closed-box system with instant boot-up, giving it the same
operation that distinguishes game consoles from standard computers.
Microsoft will follow the business model developed by 3DO. Instead of
the system itself, Microsoft is turning to Dell, Gateway and Samsung,
will supposedly make its profits through royalties on software.
of X-Box is not expected until the Fall Comdex show in November.
analysts were just starting to sort out whether the video game business
has enough room for three competitors when Microsoft jumped into the
As somebody who underestimated Sony during the introduction of the
I have learned that outsiders can successfully enter the video game
provided they have good hardware, some marketing expertise and a huge
of cash. Microsoft has all of these and more software successes than
had at the time it launched PlayStation. On the other hand, adopting
3DO model seems ill-advised. One of 3DO’s biggest shortcomings was the
lack of first-party software. 3DO founder Trip Hawkins decided that the
best way to attract new publishers was to create an open field in which
outside publishers would not have to compete against in-house games.
translated into very few system-specific games.
The only reasons
a Nintendo 64 are Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda, Wave Race,
Kong 64 and Goldeneye 007. These games are made by Nintendo, and you
bet you will never see them legally marketed for any non-Nintendo
in the near future. Sony has not released PC versions of Crash
and Gran Turismo for the very same reason. If you want the games, you
to purchase the system. The only way X-Box will succeed is if it has
games that are only available for X-Box, not X-Box and PCs.
is a wealthy and savvy company that does not part with its money
Chances are that several high-ups have studied the failure of 3DO
and determined how to avoid its mistakes. If Microsoft comes in
a fast machine that is well-supported with proprietary games, it will
some of the market away from Sony, Nintendo and Sega. If Microsoft
in with a powerful machine and stacks of familiar PC titles, look for
to go the way of 3DO.