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LOSANGELESMay16,2005OntheheelsoftheXbox360(TM)videogameandentertainmentsystemworldwidepremiereonMTVlastweek,MicrosoftCorp。

releasedaflurryofannouncementstonighttoapackedhouseattheShrineAuditorium。

BolsteringthepromisethatXbox360immersesplayersatthecenterofthemostpowerfulnext-generationgamesandentertainmentexperiences,thecompanyrevealedthatSquareEnixCo。

Ltd。

anindustry-leadingdeveloperandpublisheroftheworld-renownedFINALFANTASYseries,whichhassoldmorethan60millionunitsworldwidewillreleaseFINALFANTASYXIforXbox360andXboxLive(TM)。

FINALFANTASYXIisjustthebeginning:SquareEnixwillworkcloselywithMicrosoftonXbox360andXboxLive。

WerehonoredthatSquareEnixwillmakegameslikeFINALFANTASYXIforthemillionsofXboxfanswhohaveanticipatedthishistoricalmomentforquitesometime,saidRobbieBach,seniorvicepresidentandchiefXboxofficerintheHomeandEntertainmentDivisionatMicrosoft。

Together,wewillchartanewcourseforthefutureofvideogameentertainment。

ReinforcingtheelectricityaccompanyingXbox360,leadingvideogamespublisherEAannouncedthatitsgroundbreakingXbox360gamessymbolizeitslargestcommitmenttoanext-generationplatformlaunch。

Demonstratingthestrengthofaworld-classportfolio,EAhascommittedtoabroadlineupofXbox360titlesincludingMaddenNFL06,NeedforSpeed(TM)MostWanted,FIFA06,TigerWoodsPGATOUR06,TheGodfather(TM)TheGameandNBALive06。

ThecompanyalsoannouncedXbox360willbebackward-compatiblewithtop-sellingXboxgames。

Inaddition,morethan160gamesareindevelopmentforXbox360,with25to40gamesslatedforreleasethiscalendaryear。

Allareoptimizedforhigh-definitionoutput(720pand1080i)。

Thefollowinggamesareamongtheexcitingnewtitles,manyconsole-exclusives,indevelopmentfromthebiggestnamesinpublishingtoday:

Xbox

Live

:A2-Million-MemberMovementandRapidlyExpanding

Moreexponentialgrowthisonthehorizon,becauseaSilverlevelofXboxLiveservicewillbeavailableatnoextracosttoXbox360playerswhochooseabroadbandconnectionfortheirsystem。

WiththeSilverlevelofservice,gamersimmediatelyaccesstheXboxLiveMarketplacetodownloaddemosandtrailersalongwithnewgamelevels,maps,weapons,vehicles,skins,classicarcadegames,cardandboardgames,community-createdcontent,andmoretothedetachableXbox360harddrive。

Playerscanalsovoicechatwithfriends,andsendandreceivetextandvoicemessages。

SpecialfeaturesavailabletoGoldsubscribersonlyalsoincludeSpectatorMode,whichwillsuperchargetheentireXboxLivegameexperience。

Forexample,inPGR3,gamerscanwatchanyoftheirfriendsandtheworldstopplayersonlivespectatorfeeds,getliveticker-tapeinformationwhenfriendsbreakrecords,andcompetewithanyone,anywhere,anytime。

Throughrivetinggamesandnewcommunityfeatures,MicrosoftexpectstoconnecthalfofallXbox360consolestoXboxLive。

TheXboxPlatformPoweringtheXbox360GamesandEntertainment

Xbox360isdesignedwithasingularplatformvisionthatfuseshigh-performancehardwareandintelligentsoftwareandservicessotheplayerisalwaysinpower。

Offeringthegreatestvalueinentertainmenttoday,MicrosoftdetailedmorekeyplatformexperiencesthatcomestandardwitheveryXbox360system:

AnIBMPowerPC-basedCPUwiththreesymmetricalcoresrunningat3。

2GHzeach,packingthemostadvancedAIandphysicsprocessingavailable

AcustomATIGraphicsprocessorandmorethan512MBofmemoryforhigh-definitiongamesandentertainmentapplications

Allgamesoptimizedfor16:9aspectratio,HDoutput(720pand1080i),multichannelsurroundsoundoutput,andfull-screenanti-aliasing

Detachableandexpandable20GBharddrivetodownloaddemosandtrailersalongwithnewgamelevels,maps,weapons,vehicles,skins,community-createdcontentandmore,toripmusicforplaybackandtolistentocustomplaylistsineverygame

AwirelesscontrollerwithMicrosoft-patentedwirelesstechnology;XboxGuideButtononeverycontrollertoinstantlyconnectgamerstotheirgames,friendsandmusic,andtopoweronorpoweroffXbox360withouttheirhavingtoleavethecouch

GamerProfilesoftwarethatrememberswhatplayershaveachievedingames

Instant,out-of-the-boxaccesstoXboxLive,includingabuilt-inEthernetportforconnectivity;XboxLiveMarketplacefordownloadablecontent;aMessageCentertoreceivevoiceandvideomessagesfromfriends;functionalitythatletuserstalktofriends,evenwhilewatchingmoviesorlisteningtomusic;andanXboxLiveHeadset

ThreeUSB2。

0portsforXboxLiveCameraperipheral,topluginwiredgamecontrollersthatarealsocommonforWindows-basedPCs;tostreammediafromaportablemediadevice,digitalcameraandWindowsXP-basedPC

Progressive-scanDVDmovieplaybackoutofthebox;DVDandCDmusicandphotoplaybackoutofthebox;supportforDVD-Video,DVD-ROM,DVD-R/RW,DVD+R/RW,CD-DA,CD-ROM,CD-R,CD-RW,WindowsMediaAudioCD,MP3CD,JPEGPhotoCD

MediaCenterExtenderbuiltintoaccessrecordedTV(includinghigh-definitionTV)anddigitalmovies(includinghigh-definitionfilm),music,videoandphotosstoredonWindowsXPMediaCenterEdition2005-basedPCsthroughanyXbox360system

SupportforuptofourwirelessgamecontrollersandanoptionalUniversalMediaRemotewithWindowsXPMediaCenterEditionButtonforMediaCenterEditionfunctionality

SupportforXbox360WirelessNetworkAdaptervia802。

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Interactive,full-screen3-Dvisualizers

Twomemoryunitportstosavedataonportablememoryunits,startingat64MB

DetachableFacesoeachconsolecanbepersonalized