The Xbox 360 Not Just For Video Games

The XBox 360,​ Not Just For Video Games
On November 22,​ 2005,​ Microsoft released the​ long awaited XBox 360,​ the​ next generation of​ its popular XBox gaming console .​
The XBox 360,​ however,​ goes farther than any game system that users are currently accustomed to​ .​
The XBox 360 is​ more like a​ fully functional,​ broadband connected entertainment gadget that appeals to​ gamers but is​ equipped to​ entertain the​ whole family .​
Although smaller than the​ original XBox (The 360 weighs in​ at​ a​ mere 7.7 lbs),​ this version packs so many nifty features in​ a​ small package .​
If you also happen to​ own a​ HDTV,​ you will truly be able to​ appreciate the​ advanced graphics features and support for windscreen (16:9) format .​
Of course,​ the​ console will work on​ regular television as​ well,​ but the​ depth of​ the​ graphics will be particularly stunning on​ more advanced televisions .​
The XBOx 360 carries a​ ATI graphics processor and 10MB of​ embedded DRAM .​
This setup allows the​ XBox 360 to​ draw up to​ 500 million triangles per second for the​ ultimate in​ realistic graphics .​
The XBox 360 unit also has a​ 12x dual layer DVD Rom drive that serves the​ dual purpose of​ playing XBox games as​ well as​ ordinary DVDs .​
There is​ also additional support for surround sound audio for the​ ultimate home theater experience and realistic gaming .​
For game save and other media storage,​ you can optionally purchase a​ 20GB external harddrive which also serves to​ make the​ XBox 360 backwards compatible with original XBox games .​
The XBox 360 goes well beyond the​ range of​ gaming and video with its built-in Ethernet port that allows users to​ connect via their broadband connection to​ XBox live (available in​ various flavors) .​
XBox live will allow you to​ play live over the​ Internet,​ use voice and even video chat and,​ of​ course,​ purchase additional goodies for your XBOx .​
In addition to​ ethernet connectivity,​ you can optionally purchase wireless adapters that comply with the​ standard wireless 802.11 protocol for integration into your existing wireless network .​
For other data transfer tasks,​ such as​ uploading of​ your digital photos,​ digital home movies,​ and music,​ you can use the​ integrated USB 2.0 port .​
With all of​ these features,​ it​ is​ a​ piece of​ cake to​ stream all of​ your digital files .​
As you can see,​ the​ XBox 360 offers a​ little something for everyone .​
Kids can enjoy the​ futuristic gaming capabilities (check game ratings for age appropriateness),​ and Mom and Dad can enjoy the​ file sharing,​ music and video streaming,​ and home theater features.

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