- Common misspelling of Xbox.
A video game console system produced by the Microsoft Corporation. The original Xbox was designed to support single-player and multi-player gaming using handheld-controllers, along with Compact Disc (CD) games. The original Xbox also supported an Ethernet controller to connect to home networks and the Internet for extended multi-player activities. The Xbox was the first game console including an Ethernet port, and with this feature, users could link two Xboxes directly simply by using a crossover Ethernet cable (generally sold as a System Link Cable).
The Xbox has been a prime target for crackers looking for a low-cost computer. With minor hardware modifications, this nice device can be turned into a moderately powerful computer running the Linux operating system software.
In November 2005, the Xbox 360 was released and cost about $300. It lets users play games interactively and take music, photos, and videos from their PCs.
Another interesting feature of the Xbox 360 is that it supports high-definition television, known as HDTV. HDTV is capable of displaying 720 lines, whereas traditional televisions display only 480 lines. The implication is that information on a PC monitor will be displayed with the same high visual quality on a bigger HDTV screen connected to the Xbox 360. Presently, HDTV adoption is relatively low in the consumer marketplace because of its high price and a limited number of digital broadcasts, but U.S. regulators have ruled that TV stations must move to digital broadcasting by 2007.
In the fast-paced world of technology, after media headlines appeared announcing that the Xbox 360 was on its way, competitors began to peddle their high-tech wares. For example, the Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s Revolution and the PlayStation 3 began making headlines in May 2005. The Revolution is marketed as being the tiniest of the next-generation consoles—approximately the size of three stacked DVD cases. It will have wireless Internet access and be compatible with Nintendo consoles and games going back to 1983. The PlayStation 3, or PS3, as it will be called, will display high-definition games using a Cell processor, which is marketed as being ten times more powerful than processors found in current Personal Computers.
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A very popular video game console from Microsoft. Introduced in 2001, the Xbox was designed to compete with Sony's PlayStation and Nintendo's GameCube. With Netflix, YouTube and a variety of other video streaming services built in, the Xbox is also widely used as a home entertainment source. In addition, music, video and photo collections on a PC can be streamed to the Xbox using Microsoft's Zune software. See digital media hub and Zune. Xbox Live Xbox Live is a multiplayer gaming service available to Xbox players for a subscription fee. Introduced in 2002, numerous Xbox games are Xbox Live enabled. Xbox Kinect - No More Controller! Introduced in 2010, the Kinect option provides controller-free interaction with the Xbox, creating amazing gaming experiences (see Kinect). Xbox 360 Models While the original Xbox sported a Pentium III CPU, the Xbox 360 in 2005 dramatically increased gaming power with a three-core 64-bit PowerPC CPU from IBM, each core running at 3.2 GHz. Its ATI graphics card quadrupled rendering speed, and Wi-Fi was added. Subsequent models added more powerful CPUs, some with combined graphics processors (GPUs). All Xbox models come with a DVD drive; however, for a brief period in 2006, an HD DVD drive was an option before the technology was abandoned. For DVD games or playing online, various Xbox models have come without a hard drive. Xbox One and One S The successor to the Xbox 360, the Xbox One added all-in-one control of home entertainment in late 2013. Using voice commands such as "go to TV" and "go to music," the One accepts hand gestures for scrolling. It employs an advanced Kinect sensor and uses AMD chips instead of PowerPC CPUs. In 2016, a dramatically smaller Xbox One S dropped the Kinect port but added Bluetooth connectivity, faster Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and an IR blaster. See video game console and MMOG.