Friday, May 13, 2005

We Got (Xbox) Next

Maybe instead of watching the Spurs last night, I should have been watching MTV.

Microsoft unveiled it's new Xbox 360 on MTV last night, and the buzz just tremendous. Here's a description of an NBA game from the AP:


Another game Microsoft demonstrated that featured NBA star LeBron James had details of flexing muscles and a rippling tank top reflecting the light of a street lamp as he dribbled and shot.
The Xbox 360 drops this thanksgiving. Several titles, including the Madden franchise, are expected to drop at the same time.


(Courtesy Microsoft)

XBox 360 specs:

  • 20-gigabyte detachable, upgradable hard drive.
  • Three dual-core processors running at 3.2 gigahertz each.
  • 512 megabytes of memory.
  • Three USB ports that can connect with digital cameras and portable music players.
  • Two ports for 64-megabyte memory cards that can be used to save games.
  • Ability to stand on one end or lie flat.
  • Online gaming service where gamers can buy customized game characters, cars, weapons, 'skins' that let them change the color or texture of their screen and previews of new games.
  • Built-in extender for Windows XP Media Center, a version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.
  • Standard DVD player with remote.
  • Ability to use up to four wireless controllers.

Wireless. That means no tripping over cords, homes.

I can't wait

Four to Watch

  • Byron Nelson Classic Final Round (Sunday, 2:00 PM CBS) - With the top 5 players in the world playing, you have to figure at least 2 will be in contention in the final day.
  • Indy 500 Qualifying (Saturday, 3:00 PM ABC) - Danica Patrick has had the fastest car in qualifying and has a very good shot to be the first woman to claim a Indy 500 pole.
    Oh, by the way, she's also hot enough to be featured in FHM.
  • Detroit at Indiana (Saturday, 7:00 PM ABC) - This series may not be great basketball, but it's great theater.
  • San Antonio at Seattle (Sunday 6:00 PM TNT) - It will be gut check time for the Spurs after not manning up in the waning moment of game 3.
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