Bill *confirms* Xbox 360 launch for THIS YEAR

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ok, now this might seem like a no brainer. a total 'DUH!' and something that
would make you say "no sh*t, a**hole!". but this is actually noteworthy.

dispite several YEARS of guessing, speculation, rumor, reports, leaks,
almost-official and semi-official word, there is FINALLY confirmation that
XENON, the next-generation Xbox, likely to be called Xbox 360 is coming out
this year.
yes, from Bill Gates himself.

now ATi and SEGA are in the picture too, since ATi has designed the Xenon's
graphics processing hardware, and Sega is providing important software, and
some for launch.

without further delay, the actual article about Xbox 360's now-confirmed
2005 launch.


http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=8408

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Gates confirms Xbox 360 launch this year, talks up multimedia

Rob Fahey 15:40 03/05/2005
Microsoft chairman breaks the silence on Xbox 360's launch date


Speaking at a business writers' convention in the United States, Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates has confirmed that the next-generation Xbox console will
launch this year, and once again promoted the new system's multimedia
capabilities.

Breaking with the company's policy of staying silent in public on the
question of when the new console, widely believed to be called Xbox 360,
will launch, Gates told the Society of American Business Writers and Editors
that the system will ship in the current year.

Speaking about high definition displays, he asked rhetorically when the
"year of high definition" will be - and followed on to say that it would be
"this year, because we're going to ship this next Xbox."

His comment is the first public acknowledgement by the company that it plans
to ship Xbox 360 before the end of the year, although it's been generally
accepted around the industry for some time that the console will arrive in
October or November.

Gates also talked briefly about the multimedia functionality which will be
offered by Xbox 360, comparing it to the firm's Media Center PC software.
"If you're used that menu, when you use this Xenon [the codename for Xbox
360], you'll see a menu a lot like that, that lets you get photos, TV, music
and all those different things," he explained.

It's still not clear, however, whether Xbox 360 will offer this
functionality in all of its retail versions. Several reports have indicated
that the system will ship with two configurations, one of which, lacking a
hard drive, will be less capable as a multimedia device.

Many questions about the new console are expected to be answered next week,
when MTV broadcasts a television special about the Xbox 360 - airing on the
evening of May 12th in North America, and on May 13th worldwide.
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a link to the past said:
ok, now this might seem like a no brainer. a total 'DUH!' and something
that would make you say "no sh*t, a**hole!". but this is actually
noteworthy.

dispite several YEARS of guessing, speculation, rumor, reports, leaks,
almost-official and semi-official word, there is FINALLY confirmation that
XENON, the next-generation Xbox, likely to be called Xbox 360 is coming
out this year.
yes, from Bill Gates himself.

now ATi and SEGA are in the picture too, since ATi has designed the
Xenon's graphics processing hardware, and Sega is providing important
software, and some for launch.

without further delay, the actual article about Xbox 360's now-confirmed
2005 launch.


http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=8408

quote:
_____________________________________________________________________________
Gates confirms Xbox 360 launch this year, talks up multimedia

Rob Fahey 15:40 03/05/2005
Microsoft chairman breaks the silence on Xbox 360's launch date


Speaking at a business writers' convention in the United States, Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates has confirmed that the next-generation Xbox console
will launch this year, and once again promoted the new system's multimedia
capabilities.

Breaking with the company's policy of staying silent in public on the
question of when the new console, widely believed to be called Xbox 360,
will launch, Gates told the Society of American Business Writers and
Editors that the system will ship in the current year.

Speaking about high definition displays, he asked rhetorically when the
"year of high definition" will be - and followed on to say that it would
be "this year, because we're going to ship this next Xbox."

His comment is the first public acknowledgement by the company that it
plans to ship Xbox 360 before the end of the year, although it's been
generally accepted around the industry for some time that the console will
arrive in October or November.

Gates also talked briefly about the multimedia functionality which will be
offered by Xbox 360, comparing it to the firm's Media Center PC software.
"If you're used that menu, when you use this Xenon [the codename for Xbox
360], you'll see a menu a lot like that, that lets you get photos, TV,
music and all those different things," he explained.

It's still not clear, however, whether Xbox 360 will offer this
functionality in all of its retail versions. Several reports have
indicated that the system will ship with two configurations, one of which,
lacking a hard drive, will be less capable as a multimedia device.

Many questions about the new console are expected to be answered next
week, when MTV broadcasts a television special about the Xbox 360 - airing
on the evening of May 12th in North America, and on May 13th worldwide.
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