Microsoft Reveals Xbox 360 Specs

Following months of speculation, leaks and hype, Microsoft finally revealed its next generation Xbox 360 gaming console during a special pre-taped MTV broadcast Thursday night. However, the unveiling offered few details beyond what was already known.

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU

- Three symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each

- Two hardware threads per core; six hardware threads total

- VMX-128 vector unit per core; three 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

- 500MHz processor

- 10 MB of 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 fill rate using 4x MSAA

Shader Performance

- 48 billion shader operations per second


- 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM

- 700 MHz of 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 teraflop


- Detachable and upgradeable 20GB hard drive

- 12x dual-layer DVD-ROM

- Memory Unit support starting at 64 MB


- Support for up to four wireless game controllers

- Three USB 2.0 ports

- Two memory unit slots

Optimized for Online

- Instant, out-of-the-box access to Xbox Live features with broadband service, 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: 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g

- 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

- Ability to stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras and Windows XP-based PCs

- Ability to rip music to the Xbox 360 hard drive • Custom playlists in every game

- Built-in Media Center Extender for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

- Interactive, full-screen 3-D visualizers

High-Definition Game Support

- All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing

- Standard-definition and high-definition video output supported


- Multichannel surround sound output

- Supports 48KHz 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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