Gates reveals X-Box

[[X-box revealed]]

Yesterday, at the 2001 International CES, Bill Gates revealed to the world the highly anticipated Xbox video game console during his keynote address. As the finale of his keynote, Gates showed off the Xbox console and game controller and demonstrated two exclusive Xbox games that highlight the future-generation console's rich and realistic graphics capabilities.

"Xbox is the future of video gaming," Gates said. "With its breakthrough technology and incredible graphics capabilities, Xbox will set the standard in gaming for years to come. It enables game designers to create a whole new world of gameplaying experiences that will captivate the imagination and competitive spirit of gamers like no other console."

"Xbox is on track for an awesome launch in fall 2001," said Robbie Bach, senior vice president and chief Xbox officer at Microsoft. "With more than 200 game companies around the world creating Xbox games for launch and beyond, the unveiling of the Xbox design is just the start of great things to come."

To emphasize the power of Xbox, Gates called on The Rock, World Wrestling Federation (WWF) superstar and star of the popular THQ Inc. and JAKKS Pacific Inc. video game "WWF Smackdown! 2," to help unveil Microsoft's new future-generation console.

[[Specs]]

The Xbox console includes the following:

Four game controller ports that allow easy multiplayer gaming and enable other peripherals, ranging from game pads to voice-activated headsets
A front-loading DVD tray
A multisignal audio-video connector that allows for easy hookup to televisions and home theater systems
An Ethernet port for rich, fast-action online gaming via a broadband connection
An NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), delivering more than three times the graphics performance of other consoles
An Intel 733MHz processor, the most powerful CPU of any console
An 8GB hard drive, for massive storage of game information -- a first in the console gaming industry

CPU: 733 MHz
Graphics Processor: 250Mhz custom-designed chip, developed by Microsoft and nVidia
Total Memory: 64MB
Memory Bandwidth: 6.4GB/sec
Polygon Performance: 125 M/sec
Simultaneous Textures: 4
Pixel Fill Rate - No texture: 4.0 G/Sec
Pixel Fill Rate - 1 Textures: 4.0 G/Sec
Pixel Fill Rate - 2 Textures: 4.0 G/Sec
Compressed Textures: Yes (6:1)
Storage Medium: 2-5x DVD, Hard disk 8GB, 8MB Memory card
I/O: Game controller x4, Ethernet (10/100)
Audio Channels: 256
3D Audio Support in Hardware:Yes (64 3D channels)
MIDI+DLS Support: Yes
Hardware audio filtering and EQ: Yes
Broadband enabled: Yes
DVD Movie playback: Remote control accessory required
HDTV Movie support: Yes
HDTV Game support: Yes
Maximum resolution: 1920x1080
Maximum resolution: (2 x 32bpp frame buffers + Z) 1920x1080
US Launch Date: Fall 2001

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Gates reveals X-Box

lets see..DC: Old but has some good games.PS2: Old, only has one or two good games, production problems. SONY CANT DO ANY BIG HARDWARE RIGHT!Game Cube: It's nintendo. need i say more. and yes i would buy one eventualy just for the Zelda game.X-Box: not compleatly finalized. sweet specs and previews. at least 3 times more powerfull then the PS2. has much of the PC gaming comunity behind it.Indrema: good concept. not much backing. to small of a grass roots thing to compeat with ANY of the others.-----and yes, PS2 is all ready out of date. Plus the games (even some future ones) suck.

Gates reveals X-Box

Xbox is a shit in a box.Intel P3 is a slowest processor of any console.Only the Nvidia's party is very well but in front of the Gamecube the Xbox is raised.For the truth and versus trust.Don't buy M$.

Gates reveals X-Box

LedFire, would you rather have some crapy AMD thing in there? sure it is cheaper, but you get better performence around the board with a PIII.JUST DONT THROW AN EARLY PIV IN THERE!also it is suposed to launch at a compeditive rate to the PS2 (both have the aprox same price at MS' launch).besides i would like to see less people whore them selves to Sony.The XBox is suposed to have a slightly modified NV20 GPU (now it is going to be basicly the PC verson with a few optimizations).

Gates reveals X-Box

I must have...... Hey Dreamcast is way better, well the games atleast, than the PussyStation 2. Hey I used to love Sony playstation but now I'm into the PC world and F#@$ consoles! IF I was going to buy another Console it would be the X-Box.

Gates reveals X-Box

cwestpha, you are to good 2 be true! THE GAMECUBE HAS BETTER GAMES? ROFL!!!Lets see, Playstation 2 has:Zone of Enders, Madden NFL 2k1, Gran Tourismo 3, Dark Cloud, Final Fantasy 10, DOA2: Hardcore, all the old (and super cool) PSX games, oh and a little game called Metal Gear Solid 2. :)Now, what does Nintendo have:Zelda and... oh, wait, thats it! :(What does the X-Box have:A bunch of games that I can also get on my PC for 1/2 the price. :(What does the DreamCast have:Shanumue, NFL 2k1, and a bunch of games that all have PS2 ports :(So cwestpha, if you don't want a PS2... GOOD! That leaves more for the rest of us! You and victamon have fun playing Zelda and... oh, wait... thats the only game that doesn't blow on the Cube!!

Gates reveals X-Box

Tired of console war bull:Lets see, Playstation 2 has:Zone of Enders [ok, but not realy good], Madden NFL 2k1 [rather good], Gran Tourismo 3 [i didnt like it when i played it], Dark Cloud [this is actualy a good game], Final Fantasy 10 [needed as much as another Lora Croft ripoff], DOA2: Hardcore[didnt like], all the old (and super cool) PSX games [most of which sucked in graphics and control], oh and a little game called Metal Gear Solid 2 [i have not actualy seen that one]. :)Now, what does Nintendo have:Zelda [ONE OF THE BEST SERIES EVER MADE] and... oh, wait, thats it! :(What does the X-Box have: [some maxed out computer games, which beat the crap out of any consle games. Black & White, Halo, Next ODDWorld, ect. original or graphicly maxed out].What does the DreamCast have:Shanumue, NFL 2k1, and a bunch of games that all have PS2 ports[some of that is true, but they have more games and a better avarage quality in them then PS2] :(So cwestpha, if you don't want a PS2... GOOD[i had one and then i created a AVI of me killing it]! That leaves more for the rest of us[yah, thanks to Sony not knowing how to manufature anything]! You and victamon have fun playing Zelda [Still one of the best series off all time, better then anything sony has ever had on its Play Station] and... oh, wait... thats the only game that doesn't blow on the Cube!!-----now i hope you learned something. now it is back to looking at XBox movies running at about 1/5 the total power [that still is better in all catagoris then anything the PS2 has had or does have].oh and one more thing. PCs still beat the best sony can come out with!

Gates reveals X-Box

Nice! This is going to be so much better than PS2... which is really a PS 1.5.But what's with the controllers? Whats the big green thing in the middle? And it looks like the controller is going to be way too large to handle comfortably. Hopefully you can get better outside-manufactured controllers.But still X-Box is going to kick PS2's ass! Bill Gates sucks, but he's rich, so he'll throw his billions behind it!Besides anything with X is good. (X-Men, X-Files, XXX... ;)

Gates reveals X-Box

Xbox is bull . Bill Gates couldn't understand the gaming world if he tried . So what does he do , bribe a few people to start on a video games system . Gates probably wanted to buy Sega or Nintendo to make games for him . After failinghe releases that using a wrestler to promote Xbox would probably be enough to reach to the IQ lacking public Amereican public and it'll probably sell a few zillion thanks to that move . This machince is crap another Atari , but the public is to be fooled again hahahahah . fools Xbox is crap just remember this when your'e playing pac-man and crash bandicoot on ur Xbox . hahahaahahahah , fools

Gates reveals X-Box

ok guyz wake up here how much will dis $hit cost seriouly look:P3 processor 733mhz dat a minumin off 300$the grapich card nv20 dat like a minimum of 250$ den a 8gb hd....64mb unified ram....a modem & an ethernet card lol u gotta be kidding me its gonna end at least 500$......billy get a life :)

Gates reveals X-Box

here are the games officialy anounced fro the box: 1906:An Antarctic Odyssey, Armada 2, Blade of Darkness 2, Brute Force, Crash Bandicoot X, Dragon's Lair 3D, Desert Storm, The Devil Inside, The Druid King, F1 World Grand Prix 2, Halo, Jurassic Park X, Knockout Kings, Last Ninja: The Return, Madden, Malice, Metal Gear X, Mutant Chronicles:Warzone Online, New Legends, Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey Republic, Robin Hood: Defender of the Crown, Silent Hill X, SSX, The Thing, Title Defense, Tomb Raider, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x, Tyco R/C, The Unholy, V.I.P, WWF Raw Is War.getoverit: true, but most consle gamers avoid the PC because it is to expencive, so they dont have the extra money to buy another.Bink: agreed the controler is kinda weird. however it could be good depending on how the developers use it. we will have to wait and see.F@TMAN: i agree on the WWF thing. what about all of the other games? look at the list above and it has only the confirmed games. there are still many others.azz14: in the begining MS is willing to take a hit to get it off cheaper or at about the same price as the PS2 at the same time.

Gates reveals X-Box

X-box is not a console......but a pc not upgradablehalt of the "monopoly" of MicrosoftEA are just a little.For the perfection it is a pc not Xboxfor take one console buy the GameCube or the dramcastone Xbox's game isn't a GameCube, ps2 or dreamcast's gameM$ and intel are already buggedXbox alsoI have a slogan for her:Don't buy ME!!!(windows ME)lol

Gates reveals X-Box

LeadFire: well that was complicated. X-Box is not a PC. Sony has admited it is coming out with internet browsers and all kinds of software for the PS2. Sony is trying to make the PS2 compeat with the computers.only the Indrema is upgradable.MS has the best GUI OS out there. i would like you to do any better. heck Win2K can baraly be crashed. i am using Whistler as i type this out and it has not crashed on me ONCE (it is in beta ONE and i have been using it for about a month).I agree with the ME thing though. it is still bugy and Whistler will be coming out late this year to beggining of next year.Comander Ding: *LOL* the XBox is already better then the PS and it is only running at 1/5 its final power. the only good thing that sony has is a better controler.

Gates reveals X-Box

Dude, first off, Final Fantasy is SOOOOOOOOOOOO better than Zelda. And yes, I really really want Final Fantasy 10.BTW, you never played Gran Tourismo 3 cuz it ain't out yet dumbass.And yes, the X-box and Game Cube (what the hell kinda name is that? I mean, really!) will be more advanced that they PS2. BUT, that dones't mean jack shit when it comes to gameplay. The original PSX was a pretty shitty system when compaired to the n64, BUT ITS GAMES WERE ALOT BETTER!!! And this looks like it will happen again. As (with the launch looming) neither Microsoft nor Nintendo has announced a single killer ap!BTW, Cloud from FF7 could so kick that whiny little elfs ass! ;)

Gates reveals X-Box

I (sorta) agree with 'tired of console war bs'. HeShe went about it in the wrong way (some consoles are right for different people) but what heshe said about the system specs not mattering was correct. Its gameplay that matters. And both the PSX and PS2 have loads of games with great gameplay.I also agree about the final fantasy games. They rule. Zelda is a great serries of games, but it has nothing on the ff games. Anyone who has really played them knows this.

Gates reveals X-Box

tired of console war bs: it is rather aperent you know nothing of: Black & White, Halo, ECT.Rewind: PSX has a lot of games, but rather moderet to low quality (there are always a few good ones). FF games are old. i mean how many incarnations of basicly the same thing with difrent interface and story could you stand? i have played 1-6 and stoped there. after that i got sick and tierd of the series (kinda like tomb raider).Zelda has ateast continued its evolution. though i may soon get sick of it eventualy.Anonymous: i know. my PC can crank out a LOT more polygons and you have some games to chose from and not old PSX ones. Though i would like to see the graphics on your computer have real-time shadowing, sweat driping of the chars, pulsation veins (when the NV20 comes out PC will be able to chalange the X-BOX). and yes i am aware of the realese timing.

Gates reveals X-Box

...well i dont know about this Xbox thing here, it doesnt impress me at all. Firstly the design is very bad, it sorta looks like a serbian schoolbag, the controllers looks too much like the sidewinders and that malice game was...well just plain old shit.Look for all you people boasting how Xbox is going to win the war because of pure specs...well remember this console wars were never won with better specs, but with better software. It doesnt matter how good the hardware is...and come on people give PS2 a break. Sure it may look like an encyclopedia and god knows how ugly it'll look after adding on the modem, but still some great games will eventually surface. So far the most promising console coming is Gamecube. It seems like Nintendo really have something cool this time. But they should really fix up the controller as it is not the final design anyway.So far the console that has disappointed me the most was PS2...i expected games that were actually good, well some were but most were just like cold pie.All i can say about Xbox is it's not looking too hot at the moment...and it doesnt seem like Bill Gates is too popular either.Come on people, give him a break. We all know that he looks like a mullet that just had his ass ripped off, but he's got the cash and that means he has power.But the Xbox so far is not power.

Gates reveals X-Box

Gates is f**king rich!...but he may lose alot of money supporting the Xbox, or it could make him even more richer!Think about it people, isnt this just plain scary?He could run the US presidency!Hot damn!I mean he does have the greens to do it after all! And for all you who think that no one will take bribes like this...think about it, would you turn down a 20million+ bribe? hehehehehDidnt think so...you could have all the games in the world afterwards.Or you could buy a share of MS hehehe~

Gates reveals X-Box

d(r)iED fISH: i think the pad looks like a deformed hybred. it could work if game creators use it corectly. should have just thrown in a SideWinder pad or some other thing.Xbox has several good games. Malic is going to be good (though i dont think it will be great). you have Halo and Black & White. EA is going to have a few sports games at launch.Anounced launch titles: Halo, Black & White, Munch's Oddysee, Tony Hawk 2, Madden NFL 2002, Crimson Skies, Kessen 3 and others.its image is probebly the bigest hurdle for the box. everyone thinks since it is going to run 2K it is going to suck (that OS has still not crashed one me once since beta 1).i agree that the X-Box has some way to go before the launch though.----one of the few things that is worse then gates being presedent would be Bush. wait that already happened. i just saw mu life flash before my eyes.well his daddy will be there to hold his hand. wait his father wasnt that good.mmm, 20+ million bribe.

Gates reveals X-Box

That's a nice lookin machine...but c'mon PSX2's really gonna come into it's own next year, plus the DC is way better than that. Gatesy, keep on your Microsoft Word, you ain't got a chance!

Gates reveals X-Box

I think that the specs are good, but as people have said: specs mean zilch matey. Look at the PSOne, that was great, well not in power, but sony got the companies to work for them. The problem with Nintendo is their loyalty scheme. Whereby if a games developer wants to make a game for their (shit) console, then they have to agree to only make games for them. I mean come on, wouldn't Rare be able to make beast games on the PS2.Which brings me on to my other point. Never in console history, or any history have you had the mad desire and hysteria to get an object. The PS2, every country had the shortage...why..? Because the machine's so powerful. The first games look great, but the ones coming out, and the ones that developers are still workin on are gonna be outta this world.Look at the line up. GT3, Metal Gear 2, and shit loads of origonal and captivating games that use EMOTION: bouncer...everything. Everyone knows who'll be the victor.Sony

Gates reveals X-Box

Mmmm....Mr cwestpha, it seems that you have made alot of comments in this column havent you?I was wondering are you just bored?Because this is why im writing again as well hahahah. Well all i know is that this console is extremely big in size. This is one feature i forgot about the Xbox...when i first saw it i was like...why does it need to be so big? I really dont like the design at all...but i think that green circle thing is hype hahah!Other than that it's pretty much useless lunchbox...well so far anyway.

Gates reveals X-Box

oh...and Bouncer, it's a shit game...trust me.Havent you people read all the reviews on the net...if all of them say it's bad then it's bad. I mean come on they cant all be wrong at the same time!

Gates reveals X-Box

hahaha... this Xbox is another cpu except smaller,with bill gates wanting more money and the cost i agree with you (AZZ14) all the shit with it your looking at around $600 or more now thats just f**kedI just got a PSX2 for $550 and they ROCK!!!!PSX2 ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!

Gates reveals X-Box

i think the X-Box is going to win the war because: X-Box is designed for the developer and gamer, has the PC gaming indestry backing it up (and who makes the best games anyways), and it is many fold more powerfull.i agree though that some of this is hear say (just like a realy good game coming out for the PS2)d(r)iED fISH: i am curently in a class board out of my mind. the box is so big because it has ethernet built in, and a hard drive (adds a few more inches), and the colling system (the semi-external fan, the heat sinks, space inside to move the air arround). since the chips run so high spec it generates more heat then any other consle.i saw some artical on the jap verson. they said it was unipressive.Apocolypse: as i said MS is willing to take a hit early on. expect it to be compeditive in price with the PS2.*LOL* $550? they must have seen you coming.

Gates reveals X-Box

This system might very well rock, but whos to really say? not YOU, not ME. Why bash on Microsoft, or Sony or Nintendo etc.. Every dog has its day, let the systems have there year. Who knows what system may rise up and control our consumer pocket books. Point being, let Microsoft try the gaming industry out. And as oppose to the cost of this new system. Lets just hope its not $500+. That would be its fatal mistake.

Gates reveals X-Box

I agree with Tee-Hee (though it name is only rivialed by the GameCube is its lameness). Different consoles are right for different people.And cwestpha, Final Fantasy games are completely different. They share nothing (besides their name) with other FFs. If you stopped at 6 you missed the best two (7 and 9) anyway so your opinion about their quality is worthless.

Gates reveals X-Box

i never did like sony. i meen is there realy any complicated peice of technology they have made and not screwed up? hell look at their computer line.i suppose the PSone when it fist came out was OK, but it was around to long and the system became anoying that such a lowsy peice of technology was still their (kinda like how a few people STILL release stuff for the NES!).as for FF series i have played 7 a little (1-6 are the only ones i have played to compleation). 8 was a bad desision in a few modifications and other things they phased in gradualy. 9 i heard is ok (have not played it yet)the thing i dont like about it is that it is all cutscean movies people are droling about. i do have to agree that the in game is one of the best for the PSX, but they should emphasise gameplay and have the vids be a strong backing to the game, to advertize it as center stage.here are the reasons i dont like PS2 (in no order):1)low specs2)only one to three good games3)it's made by sony (i have this anti sony thing, kinda like how people have a anti MS thing only for difrent reasons)4)PS series had its day (PSX)5)does not have the developer or gamer realy in mind.6) Bouncer (yes i have seen the jap verson).7)there is not a high avarage quality for games (you get hit by in waves with one or two good ones in them usualy)8)wants to take out the PC game indestry (lets see, sony threatend MS. MS tries to beat sony at own game. now lets see if the PC indestry can beat Sony at it's own game)

Gates reveals X-Box

console Description »User Comments Download ScreensGates reveals X-Box Sunday January 7, 2001post a comment: 42 totalName: email:Comments:cwestpha, i agree with you about Sony...well the hardware part anyway. Most of Sony's consoles have been flawed badly and their designs dont look too flash either. The specs has never been too impressive, but in the end they're still leading the console market in terms hardware and most of the times software as well. Also Sony, you bastards please fix up the PS2...because if it breaks down occasionly like the PS then im afraid you guys have something with shit materials. I mean look how much people have had to buy PS again because of laser failure or hardware problems. Ps sales maybe approaching 100million but i think it would've been half if you guys actually had reliable hardware.As for FF...my favs are 5 and 7. Everything after that was so shit, look at 8, better graphics but shitter gameplay by far! The junction system was annoying, the growth system was too simple and the game was too easy. As for 9, the growth system was alot better but it was way too easy, even more so then 8. Come on square, i've seen enough FMV's but please dont waste space like that, more on fun and less on eye candy. I can take it, i swear.Mmmm i wonder if the FF series on PS will be as popular as it is now if it didnt have all that FMV. Properly not. Or maybe will but not as much. Here's hoping that they dont stuff up FFX coz im looking forward to that.

Gates reveals X-Box

Hey dudes... Resistance is futile, you'll be assimilated...Look at this masterpiece of Art. Just good to be mentionned in X-Files. Seriously, most of the low-price PCs are already based on a P3-700 and NVidia GPUs (but also ATI) are continuously evolving. M$ also release at least 2 versions of DirectX per year with lots of service packs coz they can't write 10 lines of code without a bug...Oh, I can't see the [Ctrl]-[Alt]-[Del] keys on the console, will I have to turn it off and restart it when it will crash ???I've a good PC but except UT & Q3, I find most of the fun on my PS2 (and I'm waiting GT3, Ace Combat 4, World Rally Championship, MGS2 and a lot more).I've also tried a DC and yes, it's a very good console, it can really give more fun than a PC even the biggest one...Don't forget that PCs (and the X-Box) are only based on x86 family processors which are 21 years old (remember the 8086). I wonder if it will be possible to run some DOS oldies like Castle Wolfenstein on this X-Box...C U

Gates reveals X-Box

What a cruel name - X-Box!!!Couldnt MS think of anything better? As for the competition for damn crap consoles, i have played both the DC and PS2. I was fairly pleased with SOME of the games on the DC although alot of them that were designed for the PC run crap. i.e, Quake 3 - have you ever tried controlling that game with a game pad? Horrific. Jimmy Whites 2?? Same again - the damn game was designed for a mouse operated system, not for a gamepad. The movement is so jolty and inacurrate, that the game jumps rediculously. As for the PS2, i wouldnt trust it after having a PS1. I think sticking to a fast PC is the bst thing to do, until console developers get it sorted and bring out a decen all-in-one system that may actually give the PC a good run for its money. None of this "the graphics are good". Wow, graphics. What about FAST internet, word processing, playability. An all-in-one DECENT system is needed, and until one comes out, i personally am sticking to the good old PC.Cheers folkes!

Gates reveals X-Box

I think all the people posting anti-Sony are the same guy just using different names.*the following is a crule mockery of cwestpha's stupid comments that I am quite frankly sick of. never have I seen such ignorance or total bullshit in a long long serries of post. I mean, some people hate companies and back up their opininions with facts. He hates Sony and backs it up with bullshit. i really doubt he has ever seen a Playstion outside Toys-R-Us and he has probably never seen a PS2.*here are the reasons i dont like N64 (in no order):1)high specs with shitty software2)only one good game3)it's made by Nintendo (i have this thing where I expect good systems not to licence games that are total shit!)4)Nintendo had its day (SNES)5)Does not have any developer with more than mediocre talent in mind or any gamers over the age of 5.6) Zelda (that game is ok. nothing more. you pay a queer elf who runs around killing plants and it has the exact same story... EVERY GAME!!!)7)Their is an average to poor number of games available and they all pretty much blow.8)Dude, your number 8 was just stupid... lay off the crack. Your stupid enough already. I mean, really. If you think that because the PS2 has a modem it is trying to take on PCs you are an idiot(note, the above was seriously over exagerated to illistrate the ignorace of many people in the forum. *cough* cwestpha)

Gates reveals X-Box

The XBOX is going to kick the ass of all the consoles. It's performance specs has blown away all other consoles and all other consoles have restrictions unlike the XBOX. Think again b4 youcriticise the XBOX

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