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Win - MS: MS to launch Xbox 2 on 12 May
XBox [Microsoft] will launch Xbox 2 half-hour show on MTV four days before its rival reveals the PlayStation 3.

Late last week it appeared both companies had planned to launch their respective next-generation consoles on 16 May - a day before the start of the E3 games industry show, natch - at different events in Los Angeles.
Published Apr 11, 2005 - 04:24 PM
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Win - MS: XBox's "Me Too" Marketing
XBox According to Reuters, Microsoft claims that Xbox demand is so hot, consoles are in "short supply." Pardon me for not taking Microsoft's word, but I just had to find out for myself. See, I never really grew up; it's that same attitude belligerent teens exhibit when they insist they know better than their parents. Sometimes they do.

So, I checked about a half dozen major retailers selling Xbox consoles, including Amazon, BestBuy, EB Games and GameStop. I discovered something shocking. Every retailer had, gasp, Xbox game consoles in stock. If there's a shortage, I haven't found it yet.
Published Mar 25, 2005 - 04:10 PM
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Win - MS: After cable recall, Xbox's still frying
XBox 14 million games console owners are still at risk of waking up to find their Xbox has become an ex-box. For when Microsoft issued a safety advisory for Xbox customers last month, it failed to address the underlying problem.

After several reports of consoles catching fire, Microsoft urged 14 million console owners to send in their old power leads for a replacement. But hardware experts point out that the power cable was never at root of the problem: it simply made the existing problem worse.
Published Mar 20, 2005 - 03:01 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft offers sneak peek at next-gen Xbox
XBox Microsoft today lifted the lid on its next-generation Xbox video game platform promising that the device will help usher in an era of high-definition gaming.

The next-generation Xbox hardware will, according to the Redmond firm, comprise a "well balanced system" capable of delivering more than a teraflop of targeted computing performance. At the core of the platform will be a multi-core processor architecture co-developed with IBM, and a custom graphics processor co-developed with ATI Technologies.
Published Mar 10, 2005 - 04:41 PM
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In the Queue: Xbox 2 specs revealed?
XBox Rumors are floating around the internet about the Xbox 2's specs. Guys at GameSpy are claiming they've gotten the Specs. As always, remember that being this isn’t from the horse’s mouth, not only are these subject to doubt, but even if they weren’t they’d be highly subject to change, even at this point in the game:
Published Mar 09, 2005 - 02:16 PM
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Win - MS: Xbox 2 set to feature removable hard drive - reports
XBox Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console is set to feature a removable hard drive bay, according to online reports today, which will allow users to upgrade their entry-level systems to include mass storage capabilities.

Citing a "reliable source", technology news site Engadget revealed details of the removable hard drive, claiming that the unit attaches to the top of the console "in a really slick way, almost like the hood scoop on a muscle car."
Published Feb 23, 2005 - 02:31 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft to recall 14 million Xbox power cords
XBox Software giant Microsoft said it is recalling power cords on 14.1 million Xbox consoles worldwide.

The firm said it was doing so out of concern for consumer safety, and the replacement chrds are designed to protect consumers and consoles from electrical component failures.
Published Feb 17, 2005 - 01:17 PM
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Win - MS: 'EA leak' yields late 2005 Xbox 2 ship date
XBox Microsoft's next-generation Xbox console, whether it will be dubbed 'Xbox 2' or 'Xbox Next', is going to ship late 2005, according to reports citing what's alleged to be a press released that leaked out of games publishing giant Electronic Arts.

Games site Spong this week received a copy of an as-yet-unpublished announcement of EA's game Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The title's due to ship late 2005.
Published Jan 20, 2005 - 12:05 PM
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Win - MS: Xbox 2 developer's kit arrives for Mac
XBox We are not sure which one of G5 machines Microsoft wants to send to developers, but yes it will be a Mac G5. It's kind of funny but you have to remember that XboX 2 uses a RISC CPU and is not Intel X64 compliant CPU anymore. It will be funny to see this G5 machine running some kind of Windows OS.
Published Dec 13, 2004 - 01:24 PM
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Win - MS: Two arrested for selling modified Xbox consoles in the DC area
XBox The debate over modified game consoles has pitted DMCA protections against the right of owners to modify hardware as they see fit. Console makers have actively gone after individuals and websites that sell and distribute mod chips in the past, but that news must have escaped the owners of three Washington DC-area video game stores. On December 1, federal authorities raided three Pandora's Cube stores and arrested individuals who were selling modified Xbox consoles.
Published Dec 09, 2004 - 01:40 PM
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Apple - Mac: What Happens When the XBox 2 Becomes a Cheap Mac?
XBox Would you be able to run Mac OS X? Almost certainly not. You can bet it won't have Open Firmware, which Mac OS X needs. But this is the biggest barrier to running Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, as such software as PearPC has demonstrated with certainty. Surely, an XBox PC would be able to run unsigned code; it wouldn't otherwise be a PC if you weren't able to write and run your own programs. So why not a quick-and-dirty open firmware bootloader for Mac OS X?
Published Nov 18, 2004 - 10:51 AM
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Win - MS: Is Microsoft using 'Halo 2' to thwart Xbox hackers?
XBox Microsoft appears to be using its smash "Halo 2" game as a vehicle to crack down on mod chips and other hacks of its Xbox video game console.

Hundreds of Xbox owners have reported in online forums in recent days that they were banned from Xbox Live, Microsoft's online gaming service, after trying to play "Halo 2" online with a modified console.
Published Nov 12, 2004 - 02:31 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft to release three versions of Xbox 2 - One of them will be like a PC, shock
XBox A slide from a non disclosure agreement (NDA) presentation seen by the INQ points towards Microsoft launching three versions of the Xbox 2, one of which is a fully functioning PC.

The presentation, understood to have been given to analysts and market researchers in the UK earlier this year, plots a timeline for the introduction of the systems. Xbox Next and Xbox Next HD are planned for Autumn 2005, whereas the Xbox Next PC is pencilled in for Autumn 2006.
Published Nov 11, 2004 - 10:03 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft sued over allegedly faulty X-boxes
XBox A video game fan upset over an apparently "tiggered" disk drive in his Xbox video game console has sued the vendor of the game gear, Microsoft, on behalf of users everywhere.

Sean Burke's console stopped reading all disks after less than a year of use and alleges that the thing was only useful as a door stop
Published Oct 29, 2004 - 11:59 AM
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Win - MS: Xbox Adds Video Chat Service
XBox Microsoft is looking to several anticipated titles, its online gaming service, and a new video chat application to propel sales of its Xbox console in Japan during the year-end shopping season.

The Xbox has done poorly since its launch here, ranking a distant third in sales to Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube. But that hasn't reduced Microsoft's commitment to the Japanese market, Peter Moore, a Microsoft corporate vice president, said during a presentation at the show this week.
Published Sep 24, 2004 - 12:08 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft laying off 76, cuts production of own Xbox games
XBox In the latest adjustment to its Xbox business, Microsoft is closing its sports video-game studio in Redmond and laying off 76 employees.

The cut is the division's largest single layoff since Microsoft launched Xbox in 2001, but it has shed hundreds of games jobs over the past year. A Microsoft spokeswoman said the company no longer has to make as many Xbox games itself, now that the console has support from the games industry.
Published Aug 20, 2004 - 03:37 PM
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Win - MS: Xbox struggles to get in the game in Japan
XBox Two years after Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates handed out the first Xbox game console at a Tokyo video store, the machine's Japanese sales trail those of Sony Corp.'s rival PlayStation 2 console by a 48-1 ratio.

That's partly because Japanese Xbox owners have about 160 games from which to choose, compared with more than 6,000 for PlayStation 2.
Published Jun 30, 2004 - 03:09 PM
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Win - MS: No Backward Compatibility in XBox
XBox Sources close to Microsoft's senior Xbox executives have confirmed that the company does not intend to make its next-generation console, which is set to be launched by late 2005, backwards compatible with existing Xbox software.

Speculation about the backwards compatibility functionality has been rife since it emerged that Xbox 2 - codenamed Xenon - will have radically different hardware to the original system, with a non-x86 processor, no hard drive and an ATI, rather than NVIDIA, graphics chipset, all of which would make running Xbox titles on the platform very difficult.
Published Jun 21, 2004 - 03:05 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft's Rush To Xbox 2 A Danger?
XBox With the next generation of Xbox due to arrive in 2005, Microsoft is taking a huge gamble on the power of first-mover advantage - but the company's faith in the importance of being first to market may well backfire catastrophically, argues Rob Fahey.

There's been no shock announcement, no official confirmation and no stunning leak that made the headlines - but over the past few weeks, the industry as a whole seems to have accepted that Microsoft is planning to try and bring the current console generation to a close prematurely, with the launch of a next-generation console in the USA by the end of 2005.
Published Jun 18, 2004 - 03:28 PM
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Win - MS: Spanish judge rules X-Box mods 'legal
XBox A Spanish judge has ruled that modifications to games consoles to allow them to play DVDs and games from other countries "are not illegal".

According to El País, the ruling comes after the Guardia Civil charged Barcelona video games shop Innovagames with offering its clients "alteration of Play Station 2 and X-Box games consoles to allow them to read games from other parts of the world or downloaded directly from the Internet... by carrying out modification of their components as per diagrams found on the premises".
Published Apr 27, 2004 - 11:36 AM
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