The Xbox is a sixth generation video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. It was Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market, and competed directly with Sony's PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo GameCube. It was released on November 15, 2001 in North America, February 22, 2002 in Japan, and March 14, 2002 in Europe and Australia. It is the predecessor to Microsoft's Xbox 360 console. To date it has sold 24 million units and its best selling game is Halo: Combat Evolved.
On November 22, 2005, Microsoft introduced their second console, the Xbox 360, a
console that competes with the Wii and the PlayStation 3. The console sold out completely at release (with the exception of Japan) and, as of
February 22, 2008, 18 million units have been sold worldwide according to
Microsoft. Its best selling game is Grand Theft Auto IV, the latest in the GTA series. edit
The Xbox 360 Arcade is the replacement for the "Xbox 360 Core" by Microsoft's president of Entertainment Devices division Robbie Bach to the Financial Times on October 18, 2007 and officially announced on October 22, 2007. It includes a wireless controller, 256 MB memory unit, composite AV cable, HDMI 1.2 output, and 5 Xbox Live Arcade titles. The consoles, identified by packaging labeled "Go Play!", are bundled with Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Pac-Man Championship Edition, and Uno on a single disk, which also includes a "Welcome Video" and several game trailers/demos. USB HID-compliant keyboards can be plugged directly into the console and will work in the same way.edit
Xbox 360 news
- Grand Theft Auto 4 is released worldwide for the Xbox 360.
- Microsoft announces that it ceasing production of the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on player.
- Microsoft drops the price of the Xbox 360 Elite, Premium, and Arcade models in Canada from CA$499, $399, and $299, to CA$449, $349, and $279 respectively.
- Microsoft announces a new Xbox Live service that will allow amateur game programmers to develop and publish games for the Xbox 360. 
- Gears of War 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2006 third person shooter, is announced to be released in November, 2008. 
- Microsoft cuts the price of the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on drive to US$129.99. 
- Ensemble Studios confirms that the
upcoming game Halo Wars is an Xbox 360 exclusive, denying any plans for a PC
Gears of War 2 is a tactical third-person shooter video game in development by Epic Games and to be published by Microsoft Game Studios exclusively for the Xbox 360. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed best-seller Gears of War, and was announced by lead designer Cliff Bleszinski during the 2008 Game Developers Conference on February 20, 2008. It is currently scheduled for release on November 3, 2008 and will use an updated version of the Unreal Engine 3.
John DiMaggio, the voice actor of the game's main charcter, Marcus Fenix, confirmed to IGN that players would be able to fight the large, alien Brumaks in Gears of War 2. He also revealed there will be a deeper story with new characters, new weapons, and new enemies. The game will also include the ability for a player to duel with an AI or human opponent when both use the chainsaw attachment of the Lancer, as seen in the 2008 Game Developer's Conference promotional video, later confirmed in informal interviews with developers.edit
Featured pictureThe Xbox 360's graphical user interface or GUI is the Xbox 360 Dashboard; a tabbed interface that features four side-by-side sections named "Blades" (a fifth one can be downloaded through Xbox Live), and was designed by AKQA. It can be launched automatically when the console boots up without a disc, or when the disc tray is ejected. If the player presses the START buttion or any other alternative, a left side panel will appear. This can be done outside of the Dashboard, for example during a game. The side panel can expand from taking only half of the screen to the entire. Previously a pop-up, as shown on the picture above, could be used for instant messaging through Windows Live Messenger but now it is used in the side panel. edit
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