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How do you know
"Xbox 2" is in development?
Well, for one, Microsoft has posted
job listings for the Xbox 2 on its
What kinds of
jobs are available?
Program Manager, Software Engineer, Website Designer, just to name a few.
Is there a codename
for Xbox 2?
Yes, reportedly Xenon.
Will current Xbox
peripherals work on Xbox 2?
Probably, but we should expect a new line of improved devices.
What is changing
about the controllers?
Reportedly, there will be no "black and white" buttons.
When will Xbox 2 launch?
No date has been announced so far, but it is expected sometimes late 2005
Will the Xbox 2 have a Hard Drive?
Nothing has so far been announced, but is expected that the new Xbox will
use Flash Memory cards in place of the Hard Drive.
How many processors
are to be included?
Will they be Intel,
as in Xbox 1?
Will they be 32
or 64 bit?
Do you have any
more information about the processor?
They will be PowerPC 976 chips, based on IBM's Power 5 architecture at 65nm.
Who is the graphics
card will it be?
ATI R500, which is more powerful R400.
Will Xbox 2 use
No, DirectX 10.
How much memory
will the Xbox 2 include?
At least 256 MB, possibly 512 MB.
If a hard drive
is not included, how will I save games and downloaded enhancements from
Microsoft recently signed a deal
to give future Xbox products large amounts of flash RAM. It is possible
this is not what Microsoft is planning on using for the Xbox 2ís main storage,
but it appears the most likely at this point. Other ideas include
packaging the next console with a DVD-RW, allowing users to save data directly
to the game. This seems unlikely, since a DVD-RW drive is both far
more expensive and much slower to save to than a hard drive.
Will Xbox 1 games
work on Xbox 2?
Maybe. Without a hard drive (either built in or optional), definitely not.
When can we
expect to hear more about Xbox
At the GDC (Game Developers' Conference) at the end of March and E3 in mid-May.
How do I sign up to beta
test Xbox 2 and Xbox games?
Microsoft and Xbox developers donít often open up their pre-release software/hardware
to external testers. You will have to live close by to Microsoft to gain
access to beta testing of games which are done onsite.
Will Microsoft stagger
the Xbox 2 launch, like they did for the original?
We donít know for sure, but for practical reasons we assume they will stagger
the launch. Producing enough consoles for a worldwide release creates
a huge strain on production facilities. And itís good for creating
What games will be launching
with Xbox 2?
Again, we donít know. It would be hard to imagine Microsoft launching
a new console without also launching new versions of their golden games
Will Microsoft use the
new Blu-ray DVD technology?
There has been some buzz relating to this, but these drives will be a lot
more expensive than traditional DVD drives. It is also questionable
as to whether the extra storage that is gained using blue laser technology
would be needed.
What can I expect, in
a simple overview, from the next Xbox?
Little of the following has been confirmed, and what has been is subject
to change, but expect a smaller, slimmer design for Microsoftís next console.
The second Xbox will have multiple 64-bit processors Ė probably three.
Graphics will be powered by ATIís R5000. Games will run on DirectX
10. Xbox 2 will most likely use optical disks Ė maybe custom disks.
An Ethernet port is nearly guaranteed. Turning to more supposition,
it would not be surprising to see Microsoft wheel out two different versions
of Xbox 2. One version would use flash memory as its main source of
storage. The other would have a hard drive which could also be used
to record television shows, record music, and server as an entertainment
hub for the living room. But that is just a guess.
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