X-plosion of Xbox info

Written by Wil Harris

October 26, 2005 | 13:54

Tags: #core #cpu #halo #j-allard #kiosk #powerpc #walmart #xbox-360

Companies: #bungie #ibm

There's a caboodle of new Xbox 360 information out on the net today, as the launch of the next-gen console Stateside gets closer.

First up, IBM has been talking about the 3-core PowerPC chip that's in the 360. The guys over at the Inquirer have the scoop. Some interesting info: the design and construction of the Xbox CPU took about 24 months from the deal being done to the chip being produced; the chips were fully operation straight off the production line, first time; the front side bus has a bandwidth of 21.6GB/s. The three cores run at 3.2GHz.

Halo and Halo 2 may look better on the 360, according to rumours started by Bungie. On their website, they suggest that 'We're going to have more to tell you about how Halo one and two look on the 360 - and it's all good news." I guess we're all hoping for full 720p, and perhaps even some hi-res textures shipping on the hard drive to replace the ones in game?

Joystiq has an update on the kiosk situation in the US. There were reports that the wireless controllers and the wireless networking were interfering with Walmart pricing guns. These reports appear to be sporadic, but there's plenty of other goss - 15,000 kiosks will ship in total across the states, a single 360 can support 4 wireless controllers, and you can network four consoles together for LAN play with 16 wireless controllers, without interference.

Xbox.com is now redesigned with a 360 spin. Gone is the narrow, text-based formatting of the previous site - the new 360 site is in glorious widescreen and is graphics heavy. Looks good.

Lastly, Xbox guru J Allard is interviewed over at IGN. Not much new there that hasn't been covered already, but there is a really interesting bit about the ethos behind 360's support for iPods, PSPs et al:

"I'm pro consumer on this one to the end. Anybody in my company who thought this was a bad idea to plug in Sony or Apple devices into this thing, I ended that conversation pretty quickly. This is the right thing to do for consumers. Once they invest $500 in their digital media library, you can't ask them to go buy a 360 music player and a 360 digital camera, and a 360...NO! They got their stuff. They're going to want to plug it in. We're going to be open here, guys.

And if anything, I wish we could be more cooperative with the other companies that are doing those things. And if Sony or Apple were to call me up and say, "Hey, we want to some special things with the 360," I'm on it. I think it would not be in anybody's interest to say, we're not going to work with 360. It's good for them, it's good for us, and it's good for consumers."

Interesting stuff all round. Got some 360 thoughts? Get them down in the Forums.
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