AMO looks into Microsofts' XBOX (UPDATED)
  03/26/2001 7:17:32 PM MT Albuquerque, Nm
  By Dustin D. Brand; Owner AMO


the XBOX is set to revolutionize game platforms
  American made Microsoft is entering a market previously dominated by the Japanese; Game Consoles. Today at the CES (Computer and Electronics Show), Microsoft unveiled the XBOX.

  The Microsoft XBOX is a computer system made for games and designed with the gamer in mind. It is basically a Game Platform or Console that uses the latest in Computer Technology to deliver the most stunning gaming capabilities that have ever existed. The XBOX does so with a custom grapihics chip designed by NVIDIA and Microsoft which is the most sophisticated GPU ever invented for a Computer. Aside from the GPU, the CPU will be either a Pentium III FC-PGA 733 MHZ or a faster 1.1 GHZ Pentium III FC-PGA (these are the fastest Pentium III's available and are generally found in Web-Servers). XBOX uses DVD-ROM format, is able to play DVD-Movies and comes with a 10 Gig Hard Drive, 4 Controller Ports, 256 Channels of Audio, HDTV Support for Plasma Displays or FPD's, and the XBOX is Broadband enabled with a fast 100 MBit per second ethernet port.

Below are a list of the specs straight from Microsoft.

 

Xbox

Sony Playstation 2

Nintendo GameCube

CPU

733 MHz Pentium III

294.912 MHz

405MHz Power PC

Graphics Processor

250Mhz custom-designed chip, developed by Microsoft and nVidia

147.456MHz

202.5 MHz Custom chip "Flipper"

Total Memory

64MB

32MB

43MB

Memory Bandwidth

6.4 GB/sec

3.2 GB/sec

3.2 GB/sec

Polygon Performance

125 M/sec

66 M/sec

6-12 M/sec

Simultaneous Textures

4

1

N/A

Pixel Fill Rate - No Texture

4.0 G/sec

2.4 G/sec

N/A

Pixel Fill Rate - 1 Textures

4.0 G/sec

1.2 G/sec

N/A

Pixel Fill Rate - 2 Textures

4.0 G/sec

0.6 G/sec

N/A

Compressed Textures

Yes (6:1)

No

ST3C compressed textures (6:1)

Storage Medium

2-5x DVD, Hard Disk 10 GB, 8MB Memory card

4x DVD, 8MB Memory card

Proprietary 1.5GB disc, Digicard - Megabyte

Input/Output

Game controller x4 Ethernet (10/100)

Game controller x2 USB 1394 PCMCIA

Game controller x4 High-Speed serial port x2 High-Speed Parallel Port

Audio Channels

256

48

64

3D Audio Support in Hardware

Yes (64 3D channels)

No

N/A

Midi+DLS Support

Yes

Yes

N/A

Hardware audio filtering and EQ

Yes

No

N/A

BroadBand Enabled

Yes

Future Upgrade

Optional

DVD Movie Playback

with Remote Control

Yes

With Panasonic version

HDTV Movie Support

Yes

Yes

No

HDTV Game Support

Yes

No

N/A

Maximum Resolution

1920x1080

1280x1024

N/A

Maximum Resolution (2 x 32bpp frame buffers + Z)

1920x1080

640x480

N/A

US Launch Date

Fall 2001 US & Japan, Spring 2002 Europe

October 2000

October 2001

  Microsoft Xbox Web-Site

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