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Xbox 360 enclosure reminiscent of iPod, Macs

updated 10:35 am EDT, Fri May 13, 2005

Xbox 360 enclosure

Microsoft yesterday unveiled the much-anticipated . The new gaming console debuted on MTV during a red-carpet Hollywood extravaganza. The Xbox 360 features PowerPC processor with three 3.2Ghz cores. The Xbox 360 features a minimalist enclosure, reminiscent of Apple's products. "We did lots of color studies," says J Allard, corporate VP of Xbox, "Most people actually came back and said, 'This reminds me of iPod'." Taking "further minimalist cues from Apple's iPod," the Xbox 360 keeps most of its functionality hidden, a article explains. "Inspired by Apple's audacious iPod campaign, Microsoft hopes Xbox 360's minimalist industrial design and frosty white appearance will appeal to more than just hardcore gamers."

by MacNN Staff





  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    billy boy copies Apple


    <nelson muntz>

    Ha Ha!

    </nelson muntz>

  1. dave a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    At least they're admitti

    At least they're admitting it this time!!

    My question, of course, is -- when do we see yellow dog linux (or Darwin) for xbox?

    I'll buy one...!

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    too bad

    "Most people actually came back and said, 'This reminds me of iPod'."

    heh. too bad, Bill says the iPod's just a fad. oh well, better luck, maybe the next xbox will remind people of a cellphone.

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Custom-designed IBM PowerPC-based CPU with 3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2Ghz each; 2 hardware threads per core and 6 hardware threads total"

    How come Bill can get a powerpc chip to run at 3Ghz but Steve can't?

  1. hulksmash

    Joined: Dec 1969


    amen ccrider

    I watched the colony video this morning and all I thought during it was why are we stuck at 2.7 GHz. Don't get me wrong, I love my G5, but IBM needs to get on the ball.

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does anyone REALLY care?

    Is this even deserving of a mention? No!

    MS is trying to make its c***-box a loss-leader, and it's not even succeeding at that.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That machine is awesome. I was wondering the same thing as ccrider, why can MS get 3ghz multicore but Apple can't?

    That is one great box MS is building, it kicks the Mac Mini's butt. Of course, they're going to criple it by making it run windows. Too bad it won't do Linux or work with QT.

    MS has such a big way into the digital home media now. I had hoped Apple would buy Tivo because you could see this coming with the Xbox2. I liked the original xbox, even though I had to replace it 3 times. Maybe this time using IBM chips it'll be better and hopefully better quality. Other than that, since Apple doesn't compete in this area, I'm rooting for the xbox2.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I commented on the xbox2 and the mac mini. I realize it is not a personal computer but it very well could be. Those specs are amazing and i don't think it'll cost more than the 499 of a mac mini. It's apples and oranges but I was more or less commenting on how much they packed into a small and hopefully inexpensive package.

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why XBox CPU is 3.2GHz

    Because, if I'm not mistaken, it is a souped up G3 core. Please remember GHz is not directly analogous to processing power.

  1. dlindsay17

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Xbox '05 == Apple '96

    well, minus all the horsepower, that is...


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