XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

The latest information to seep through Microsoft's NDAs regards the marketing process which the company will employ to launch the XBox follow-up console. The whole process involves a timeline spanning from a period of one year, from fall 2005 to fall 2006, and three different consoles including a fully functional PC version.

The full release schedule suggests that XBox Next and XBox Next HD will be released on or around fall 2005 while XBox Next PC will appear in fall 2006.

Microsoft reacted to user backlash at the decision to not include a Hard Drive by providing two versions of XBox Next, one without a hard drive, keeping costs nice and low and one with A Hard Drive, to increase functionality for the more demanding XBox user.
XBox Next PC will be ready one year later and will also additionally offer a CD Burner, Wireless keyboard, mouse and controller and will connect to a high-definition TV or PC monitor. The PC version of the console will offer Media Center functionality so users will be able to view movies, music and photos, the device will also play most available PC games. Microsoft describes XBox Next PC as an XBox console with the added features of an entry level PC, without the possibility to upgrade the installed RAM or CPU.

The plan seems to be a very well thought out attempt to gain the lead from Sony as Microsoft will have a one year advantage over the PS3 and will also be able to use the XBox Next PC launch to interfere with Sony's PS3 launch should that take place during fall 2006. There are some doubts being raised however, claiming that Microsoft may be spreading XBox Next too thin by releasing 3 different versions. The PC version of the console especially has created some controversy as it seems to suggest that MS wants to have its cake and eat it. Is the idea of a fully functional PC/console hybrid for which you will have to buy games and also pay to play them online such a novel idea? Phantom anyone?

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XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Xbox2 will use multiple G5 processors with a custom ati chip, and thats only a year away. So it will in fact be just as powerful or more than an above-average pc.What is interesting is that the Xbox2 pc will play 'some' pc games. So this may say that the xbox2 will be backwards compatible with xbox.I doubt that the ps3 will be 1000x more powerful than the ps2. But everything I've read about the cell processor tells me that it's going to an internet monster. I believe sony will release a service similar to xbox live which will utilize the full potential of the cell.ps3 will most likely be more powerful than xbox2 depending on when it's released.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Your all a bunch of d**kheads and tools, this is gonna b one hell of a nice console, and ur all gonna want one if it works out the way they plan. So stop whinging about consoles being crap, i enjoy playing my xbox and my pc, and the occasional ps2 game. WHO FREAKING CARES !!! BlABLABLABLALBLABLA

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

One of the problems that I see with this plan is that, unfortunately, the XBox Next PC will not be able to be upgraded.Microsoft is pulling through, finally. The .net archetecture is a dream come true, and chances are they will use this to the best in the Xbox Next.I think that, unfortunately, Microsoft is going to win this coming round of the console wars.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

THis is the funniest shit i have ever heard in my life. Microsoft's next console is going to be three shitbox computers. Who in the f**k would buy this shit box if you can get a computer. At least SOny are going to do something grounbreaking with thier next console with all that cell shit. Way to go to f**k up a console Microsoft, or should i say way to f**k up a shitty PC.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

i wouldnt say that XBox 2 is going 2 be a shitbox computer....last i ehard it had a 10,000htz cpu.. and the equivilant of 3 radeon 9800 XTs..and 1gb ram...this was awhile ago so it might have changed..but still thats a shit load better that current PCs, but who cares, ill get them all :D:D cause im a rich little bastard..*see lottery*

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

I'll say it now and i'll say it again........Consoles are beating PC's, You wanna know why consoles are beatings PC's? because PUBLISHERS AND DEVELOPERS EARN more money, NOT many people have modded XBOX's let alone know the process of modding an XBOX and knowing the process for burning XBOX games. Worldwide, people actually go to their local gaming store and purchase games for the console, its not like PC games they are downloaded (ISO Format) on the net or pirated original games from friends or others THUS gaming companies dont lose money they gain way more than releasing PC games. As you all know PC games are easy to burn compared to console games. (excluding HL 2 for now).Now XBOX 2 and PS3, yes....they are like computers (i dont think super computers as someone mentioned here) but when both companies release them your going to SEE LOTS OF GAMES FOR THOSE CONSOLES AND LESS PC GAMES because again they'll earn more money and with increased protection on the games, plus its newly released so hardly anyone could figure out how to mod those consoles and burn XBOX 2 or PS3 games.The more games they'll make for XBOX 2 and PS3 will probably force people who only have PC's to buy XBOX2 or PS3 because developers don't want to be losing money when releasing PC games. We've seen how HALO 2 pushed the XBOX to the limit, imagine XBOX 2 you'll be getting better graphics than most common computers eg a P4, 512+RAM a decent video card maybe the FX or higher/Raedon 9200 or higher with 80gig....Well something like that but yeah it will be better than most computers.....Now think about it.......Its a sad fact PC is dying HL2, DOOM 3, Far Cry and its expansions, The Sims 2, LOTR BFMD etc are just fighting back to keep the PC's alive....

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Be happy people, microsoft are after all bridging the gap between PCs and consoles which isnt a bad thing since fans of both (like me) won't have to fork out for two seperate pieces of hardware.So long as the price is reasonable surely everyone wins...

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Pc is no where near dying, if it weren't for pc there would be no such thing as a good first person shooter. console's don't do shooters, simple as that.. anyone here tried to play unreal tournament on ps2..? or unreal championship on xbox..? it doesn't work coz console's don't have the grunt, proper controlers or the crystal clear monitor (the next gen i believe can connect to monitors.. well nintendo revolution can anywayz).. fact is pc will always be around because of peoples hunger for blood!! Also racing sims are easy a million times better on pc than console, just because of the amount of different steering wheels available and again the clear image of a monitor.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

There is only ONE way this can work out. It has to be VERY low price, like $150 to $200, and it has to be VERY simple to use. Thats what consoles are about low price (for kids with low allowances and for us parents to keep them kid busy) and it has to be EASY to use(because consolers don't know how to use PCs and are too lazy to get off their fat asses and learn how to do things or they are too young to know better...they just wanna play). These are the 2 reasons why consoles still exist, take away those 2 points and consoles go poof!The PC is probably doomed to failure if it doesn't meet these 2 goals.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Im not even going to bother reading the other posts as im guessing the most part of them will have been written by 3 year olds with crayons shoved up their nostrils and various other orifices.But I reckon this isn't such a bad idea, I agree with the guy below me saying it will have to be a low price but after the HD made so many things possible in the first Xbox its not a brilliant idea to leave it out. As for the Xbox PC...I think that's a step too far myself. If the price is right (under £300) then maybe it could work out, but otherwise it might be better just to buy a PC since you can pick up a relatively decent one for around 350 or 400 pounds now. If it was me i would just bring out the Xbox Next and the Xbox HD and forget about the PC idea. Besides, if you have a mod chip you can effectively use it as a PC anyway, and im guessing mod chipping it would be a lot cheaper too.As for Sony fanboys, they can't complain about Xbox Nexts launch date and then moan about sales figures (like that matters anyway). PS2 launched more than a year before the Xbox which is a main reason for higher sales figures so there is no way they can compare. I think its a smart idea by releasing the Xbox Next a year earlier, but as for the XBOX PC - it seems that its only being released to give Sony something else to think about.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

HAHAHA " there is only 1 way for it to work out - 150$" omg, dude ur moron.I like the Xbox PC idea. Assuming the hardware will give extra performance unmatchable on the market. Tho hope not limited by upgrades and software. I also wouldnt want it to squeek every time i run a downloaded copy of its game, they said there's some special protection thingy.wonder about PS3 PC hehe ;)

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

people who are bragging about consoles takeing over PC. Its not true. It may be "consoles take over the gaming". Its understandable, but nowadays most PC people dont care about games u play once on single player. You guys seem to forget that currently consoles and multiplayer gaming = very bad + expencive. Basicly all you can play is Rally and same time u pay for it. When are you gonna actually interact ( keyboard ) or aim (mouse) ? You are stuck to ur fighters and metal gear solids, end of story.Some math:Say i would have bought PS2 3 years ago = 300-400$. Now in thease 3 years i would have bought 20 games(each from 20$ to 40$) - 600$. Now imagine i'd like to play online too.My point, for this price (~1000$) you could buy a high end PC with a monitor and download unlimited games and play online ?

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Anonymousat 21:54 14/11/2004i wouldnt say that XBox 2 is going 2 be a shitbox computer....last i ehard it had a 10,000htz cpu.. and the equivilant of 3 radeon 9800 XTs..and 1gb ram...this was awhile ago so it might have changed..but still thats a shit load better that current PCs, but who cares, ill get them all :D:D cause im a rich little bastard..*see lottery*Anonymousat 21:7 14/11/2004true lol, Microsoft have really f**ked up this time. Lookes like iits PS3 all the way!!!!lolat 21:4 14/11/2004THis is the funniest shit i have ever heard in my life. Microsoft's next console is going to be three shitbox computers. Who in the f**k would buy this shit box if you can get a computer. At least SOny are going to do something grounbreaking with thier next console with all that cell shit. Way to go to f**k up a console Microsoft, or should i say way to f**k up a shitty PC.The above guys are gay fanboys. They are the reason I dont read these forums any more. They are the people that developers dont make games for. They are the twats that give us a bad name.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

erm.....Why are they releasing the optional HDD model? Surely this means that the savegame model in Xbox 2 games will be screwed, also streaming media off the game disks will be worse? It would make sense that all the huge games that will come out in the next 2-3 years will NEED a HDD to run effectively?If your a game developer and you need to design a game to run from 2 consoles - one with a HDD and one without then you would just design the game without the HDD and ignore the rest to ensure total compatility and higher sales?Why will you need a HDD at all then? And where will the console store the Xbox Live updates?This sounds like a really shit idea..

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

... I don't like it...Microsoft clearlly wants to start CHARGING ROLLALTY tours games that are made FOR PCs... That is allrigth to do on consoles since they are close platforms, BUT NOT IN PCs, The developers should be cautious about M$ motives... ^Games made for PC don't pay rollalties tours M$ or any hardware manufacturer... M$ wants to change that...^As for M$ strategy at planning to releas 3 diferent machines... it will spell trobble...FAIL Microchaft... FAIL... thats all you need to do... Fail.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

i hope all of you console fanboys realize that by the time xbox next and its upgrades and ps3 come out, PC will be a hell of allot better than they are now so dont compare them to nowdays PC's im sure they will get the shit kicked out of them again by the but xbox next coming out next year with its systems, it has a good chance of being good but it will get thrown away in 1 year for a new PC or ps3

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

I love consoles and PC's although look at it this way, a console you cant upgrade sure, but at least the content created for it doesnt out do it's capability's, newly relesased xbox games will still run great on my xbox even iud released Next year... I just bought a 4 thousand dollar computer, great thying I use for rendering and gaming... one freeking problem folks, next year this time it is so shit and out of date that the newest games cant be played and im stuck forking out $500 + for anything worthwile to play thee new games.... so basicaly i have bought a console plus more just too keep up with more games and shit... ok both consoles and pc's are great but I gice consoles some credit that once there made the creraters still think of the users instead of making games for otherthings while yesterdays toy goes troo wast cpoz no bastard wants to make content it can handle!!!

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Releasing several of the same system is pretty dumb for both the consumer and the game developers. If the system is too hard to make a game code for then many developers will turn away and wait for PS3 which will result in the only problem with xbox... Not many good games! As for the consumer, many may wait for the PC version (just to have the best) then by the time the PC version comes out, they may change their mind and get PS3 depending on Sony's propoganda and Comercialism.And as for "pcat 10:0 15/11/2004 "$1000 is no where NEAR enough money for a high end computer. You may be mistaking most premade "HP" or "Dell" computer for high end but in all actuality CPU speed doesn't mean crap without a little thing called FSB speed (Front side bus). Yeah that 1000 got you a flat panel screen with a 2.8 or 3.0 Ghz processor, but on a 433mhz FSB my 2.4 Ghz on 800Mhz FSB blows yours out of the water. Anyone buying a computer pay attention to FSB and RAM, without that you get an inexpensive computer that is mid to low end!

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

your all saying PC are better and yes they are....but you seem to be talking about those super computers that hardly NONE OF US HAVEI have to admit my comp is pretty decent i can play HL 2, Doom 3 on mine with low to medium graphics, particles textures etc. which is a common computer to be able to play those games with a great performanceyes by the time those consoles come out PC's (not our PC's) will always be better, one or two steps ahead of XBOX 2 and PS3, Phantom But its not about those computers that we dont have its about yours/ours. they are good enough to play the latest PC games on the market but when these consoles come out it will be better than our COMMON computers hardware, pefromance wise so lots of people will make the change UNLESS if you have money and are going to buy SUPER computers Alienware for example then those consoles really DO SUCK.if you wondering MY definition of a super computer would be probably a Xeon processor, the highest amount of RAM (a 466mhz i think which is the standard today) a $800+ video card large amounts of HDD space, a top soundcard, LCD mon etc you know recently released hardware of high quality. your looking at a comp more than $10,000 hahahaaa good luck anyoneSo really both SONY and MS will be making shit loads of money from these consoles......

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

what a shit idea, they might aswell spend all the money creating a f**king wicked 1 without the harddrive, forget a PC/XBOX hybrid we can just get a new PC (which would be upgradeable)I hope microsoft see all these complaints and change their plans...

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

so many true comments here. i onli counted about 8 console fags. 1 megafag with a huge writeup and another 1 that repeated himself and included quotes.as for xbox 2. f**ken stupid microsoft. i cant explain in words how stupid their idea is 2 hav 3 consoles, 1 being a hybrid piece of s**t. every 1 should just stop wasting money on their consoles and save up for a PC.or just w8 4 the ps3

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

My computer in total cost me $1500 to build, that's aussie dollars so bout $800 - $1000 american, i have 2.8ghz prescott 800mhz FSB, 1 gig DDR400 RAM, 160GB SATA HDD 8MB buffer, Radeon X800PRO 256MB graphics card, and a gigabyte motherboard that supports all of it... now my computer technically would absolutely smash xbox2 graphically.. IF games for pc were specifically designed to my specs.. Now with xbox2 pc version we will see exactly how the console specs compare to a pc's by running games that aren't designed specifically for either platforms specifications.. i'd say in most cases i'd woop the pant's off xbox2 because it no longer has the advantage of specially made games over my pc =) I would even go as far as saying my computer could potentially out perform both ps3 and nintendo revolution too, and they aren't till 2006! If you wanna play pc games buy a pc, don't bother with xbox pc as you won't get the performance you would be hopeing for!

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

Anonymousat 2:28 16/11/2004so many true comments here. i onli counted about 8 console fags. 1 megafag with a huge writeup and another 1 that repeated himself and included quotes.as for xbox 2. f**ken stupid microsoft. i cant explain in words how stupid their idea is 2 hav 3 consoles, 1 being a hybrid piece of s**t. every 1 should just stop wasting money on their consoles and save up for a PC.or just w8 4 the ps3oh shut your face. sony made the same approach with psx. the 3 versions of xbox might not be such a bad idea. only 15% of xbox owners play live, so about 85% dont really need the hdd. ms could save a lot of money going with this approach

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

@Anonymousat 2:28 16/11/2004so many true comments here. i onli counted about 8 console fags. 1 megafag with a huge writeup and another 1 that repeated himself and included quotes.as for xbox 2. f**ken stupid microsoft. i cant explain in words how stupid their idea is 2 hav 3 consoles, 1 being a hybrid piece of s**t. every 1 should just stop wasting money on their consoles and save up for a PC.or just w8 4 the ps3For you to spot peoples posts in this heroic thread of squishy goodness YOU GOT TOO MUCH TIME BUDDY. just write what you have to write.yes i'd have to agree with this f**ker below me its wont be that bad.we'll have to wait for the specs of these 3 Xbox 2 versions for us to even make a judgement on it same goes for the PS3. Right now PC's all the way and XBOX is ok coz of HALO 2 which is FUN.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

doing the math, there is no way in hell that an XBOX Next PC will cost $300. If you think about it, what will the other two versions cost? I would think that the XBOX HD would cost $299, and the XBOX 2 probably $250, which makes XBOX Next predictably more expensive. I predict XBOX NEXT will be $399.99. If it's priced higher than that, demand for it will be lost, I can guarantee that. Beside from this, gaming consoles are nothing without excellent quality games that are exclusive to one console. Why else do you think the PS2 kicked XBOX's ass? PS2 has way better games than XBOX.PS2 has Tekken Series,DDR Series(I believe they have this title for XBOX, but came a little late),Metal Gear Series, and others. There are just too many to name. What games does XBOX have? Exactly, all they have is the HALO series and all other exclusives are shit. Gamecube as well has shit games, Who the hell is going to play PIKMAN besides a 7 year old. That console is kid-friendly. There games sucked and that's why they didn't do well. My point here is it's not all about the hardware people. You have to look at what runs the hardware...the big picture...which are the games for this example. Hardware is nothing without software.

XBox Next Coming in 3 Versions

whoever says Gamecube has shit games is a c**kbiting brainwashed arsewipe. GC has some of the most entertaining fun games. Xbox has only Halo(2) PS2 has good games, but very few that i'd concider fun or replayable.have you ever played pikmin? its freaking addictive. i played it for 4 hours straight.. and i'm 23 years old... somthing that the others have forgotten. games are supposed to be FUN! so suck on that.

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