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Xenon... NeXt Box... Xbox 360... Xbox Next... Whatever it's called. Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 11:37 PM EST on 3/8/2005
File Under: Games -> Xbox

Well, it looks like the next generation of "console wars" is officially on. Microsoft has unveiled some preliminary specs for the successor of the Xbox at the Game Developer's Conference. GameSpy's got the scoop.

Some highlights:
  • Three 3.0 Ghz PowerPC cores
  • A GPU a step above the ATI X800
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • Games will come on standard DVDs
  • Optional harddrive
  • All games will be developed for a baseline 720p HDTV resolution
  • All games will be Xbox Live aware
  • A 1.2 megapixel camera (Optional or standard? I don't know.)
I'm not so hot about the optional harddrive. If it's optional, what developer is actually going to make any effort to take advantage of it? Also, it's kinda disappointing to see that Microsoft has opted for a DVD drive, instead of HD-DVD. Though, considering costs, I suppose it's understandable. I just wonder if we'll see a repeat of the whole "PS2 supports DVD, Dreamcast doesn't, so it's lame!" thing, but with Blu-Ray/HD-DVD instead.

Anyway, try as I might, I just can't really get excited about the upcoming new systems. It feels like I just got the current ones. I must be getting old, or something. Or maybe it's just the fact that I don't like new games nearly as much as the ones that were coming out in the 90s. Saturn and N64 for lyfe, yo.
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