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Xbox 360 video clips captured from Mac test machines

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Sat May 14, 2005

Xbox 360 video clips

The clips of video games supporting Microsoft's new Xbox 360 console are , Microsoft confirmed on Friday. "We purchased a number of Apple G5's because very specific hardware components of the G5 allow developers to emulate some of the technology behind future Xbox products and services," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "This is an interim development tool that will be replaced with a more powerful and comprehensive solution later." The new console from Microsoft is based on a similar IBM PowerPC architecture used in Apple computers--the Xbox 360 uses three 3.2GHz symmetrical cores.




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  1. bitfactory

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah Right...

    "This is an interim development tool that will be replaced with a more powerful and comprehensive solution later."

    There's nothing interim about this - besides putting the guts into a nasty looking Dell box. I bet this silently eats away at Billy.

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Would be nice...

    if this means porting games from X-Box 360 to the Macintosh will be easier. High-end PCs have always been the computers of choice for gaming, maybe that might change.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Golly

    It takes the wee wee a bit doesnt it really.. I mean, 3 X 3.2 G5'ish chips, And its Microturds name that will be stamped all over the box.. And to add insult to injury, it will no doubt sell for less than the cost of a Mac Mini. We're doomed I tell you..

  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    safe bet

    at least it eliminates the nasty BSOD potential from trade show demoes

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    WTF?

    Where are they getting 3.2GHz cores? Why don't we have 3.2GHz PMs?

  1. Souljah

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why "eat away at Billy"

    bitfactory wrote: " I bet this silently eats away at Billy."

    I think this would more eat away at Stevey boy. Billy would sniker that his 3 x 3.2 ghz $500-$700 game machine has more power than a $3000 PM even if this new Xbox probably sounds like a relatively noisy PC box. This hints that the 3.0 ghz G5s in PMs and iMacs aren't too far off considering the size of the that Xbox.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    not G5s

    The XBox is not using 3 x 3.2ghz G5s. It is user 3 x 3.2ghz cored PowerPC compatible chips. More than likely they are specially optimized chips not as suitable for generic multi-purpose computing as a G5 is. Like the CELL processor. It is PowerPC based but has lots of "short cuts" that make it less suitable for multi-purpose computing.

    Since they are both PowerPC based, the G5 and the so-far vaporware Xbox 360 processors, MS is able to use the G5 machines as prototype development machines. And, you notice, the chips don't exist yet either :-) MS had to admit that their promo shots were taken from G5 machines from Apple...

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    more on not G5s

    Speculation (and only speculation since so far the processors specs are not released) in some other mail lists or forums is that the chips perhaps have less cache, and/or less sophisticated out of order execution units [requiring much smarter compilers or hand tuning code] or other pieces missing or dumbed down since they are not needed for the specialty use in a game box versus multi-purpose computing. All these things would allow them to get the chips running faster, and make them cheaper and less expensive to build.

    And, as mentioned, the chips are not actually shipping or available, yet.

  1. Awimoway

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The revenge is delicious

    Aha-ha-hah. And on the same night of the rumor that iTunes/iPod will have full integration with the Playstation III. Apple stands to benfit from both. Ironic that Macs are the lowest of the low for gaming.

  1. benspace

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    This is good news for...

    IBM. They'll have their processors embedded in many times more products sold than they would have otherwise. Sounds like they're developing some powerful PowerPC systems for game developers too.

    And PS3 will be compatible with a variety of mp3 players? sweet...

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