Due to Request from MyBB members here is the MYBB Xbox 360 FAQ
1. Who is the company that makes the Xbox 360?
Microsoft Corporation is the developer of the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system.
2. Who designed the Xbox 360?
The Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system was designed by Microsoft, in conjunction with two of the most innovative design firms in the world: San Francisco-based Astro Studios and Osaka, Japan-based Hers Experimental Design Laboratory Inc; which worked together to craft a sleek, stylish system that conveys the very essence of the Xbox 360. In addition, Microsoft chose IBM, ATI and SiS at its technology partners for the design of the Xbox 360 hardware.
3. What does the “360” stand for?
Microsoft’s main objective when designing the Xbox 360 was to “create a living entertainment experience powered by human energy.” The idea is to create a gaming platform that offers players unique experiences that will differ based upon an individual’s playing style and their decisions rather than the game itself, thus making the gamer the center of the entire experience and letting everything associated to revolve around them.
4. What is the capacity of the hard drive?
The Xbox 360 HDD is 20, 60 & 120 GB.
5. Is the Xbox 360 HDD internal?
No, the X360 HDD is detachable and upgradeable.
6. What disc formats does the DVD drive support?
The DVD drive supports for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD.
7. What about HD-DVD and Blu-Ray?
The Xbox 360 has a standard 12X DVD-9 (dual layer) drive and it had a HD-DVD drive addon. Speculation is that the Xbox 360 may incorporate in the future the Blu-Ray DVD format developed by Sony.
8. What is the The Guide?
The Guide is an entertainment gateway that instantly connects players to the Xbox 360 experience: your games, your friends, your music. It is a brand new interface designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 that can overlay on top of any content that is being played on the Xbox 360; whether that is a game, a DVD movie, a picture or a music visualization. There is no need for the user to leave a game or any other content being played on the Xbox 360 to access The Guide. You can receive game invites from friends while playing games, watching movies, or listening to music.
9. What is The Ring of Light?
Divided into four quadrants, the glowing Ring of Light is a system that combines hardware and software features into one entity, that together with the Xbox Guide Button on the controller, connect you to your games, digital media, and Xbox Live. The Ring of Light will also indicate such items as player specific notifications and is fully programmable by developers for possible use in games.
10. What is Xbox Live Marketplace? The Xbox Live Marketplace is a one-stop shop to download new game trailers, demos, and episodic content, plus new game levels, maps, weapons, vehicles, skins, and more. Accessible to everyone who establishes a broadband connection with their Xbox 360, Xbox Live Marketplace lets you personalize and extend your experience, on demand.
11. What OS does the Xbox 360 use?
The Xbox 360 uses a custom operating system. It resides on a 16 MB file system and has access to a maximum of 32 MB of the system's memory. Updates are mandatory if the user signs into Xbox Live.
Original Blade System (Nov 2005 - Nov 2008)
NXE (Nov 2008)
12. Why was the Xbox called a “videogame system” and now the Xbox 360 is being referred to as a “videogame and entertainment system”?
The Xbox videogame system was Microsoft’s first foray into the videogame industry. Microsoft had to avoid its PCish look and prove it was serious about his home console. Now that Xbox is an established player in the industry, Microsoft is extending the entertainment capabilities of the Xbox platform by incorporating a vast array of new features related to digital entertainment.
The X360 is an integrated music, picture, games, and movie center. You can use the Xbox Live Camera to video chat or send video messages to friends across the globe via Xbox Live. You can also connect to a Windows XP Media Center PC and stream recorded television, videos, movies, music, and photos from the MCPC straight to the Xbox 360.
You can connect your portable music device to enjoy your favorite music while playing a game or chatting with friends online.
You can enjoy and share your digital photos with friends and family.
You can keep in touch with instant messaging via Windows Messenger and Xbox Live.
13. Is the Xbox 360 a computer?
The 360 it is not a PC in the sense of PC as a productivity tool. However, its hardware capabilities and technical specifications make the 360 as powerful as most current desktop PC's available on the market currently.
14. Is the Xbox 360 a Media Center PC?
No, however it can connect to a Windows XP or vista Ultimate MC PC to stream content, but it is more of a Media Center PC amplifier/extender than a Media Center PC substitute.
15. What are the physical dimensions of the Xbox 360?
The Xbоx 360 weights 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg) and is: 12.15 in (309 mm) wide x 3.27 in (83 mm) high x 10.15 in (258 mm) deep.
16. If the Xbox 360 System doesn’t come with a hard drive, nor a memory unit, how would I save games?
To save games you need the Xbox 360 hard drive or a 360 memory unit.The arcade SKU comes with a 256 mb memory card as standard.
17. I have seen a black Xbox 360, what is that ?
That black Xbox 360 is the Elite (the top model of all the 360's) the X360 dev kit is also black but only developers have access to dev kits.
18. Why does the Xbox 360 HDD costs 10 times more than a PC HDD of the same size?
The 360 HDD is a 2.5” HDD, similar to those found in notebooks. The HDD that you buy for your PC are 3.5”. Considering that notebook parts are always more expensive than desktop PC components, it is reasonable that the 360 HDD costs more than a desktop PC HDD of the same size.
19. Will the Xbox 360 work on any TV ?
Yes, the 360 will work on any TV. Even if the 360 has been designed to play games in HDTV 720p (1280x720) mode with 5.1 surround sound, the 360 will also work with regular TV that has NTSC or PAL and stereo audio capabilities.
20. Xbox 360 is supposed to be a digital media hub, Can it play Divx or Xvid content? My current DVD player can but what about 360?
yes. Xbox 360 consoles connected to Xbox live are able to download the 7mb media update.
21. How many Xbox 360 variations are there ?
There are currently 3 360 SKU's in circulation, the budget model called the arcade which replaced the original core model, the arcade has no HDD but comes with a 256mb memory card, the middle model is the Premium aka the pro model, which is the standard model so to speak, the premium used to come with a 20 GB HDD (until mid 2008) all recent premiums are fitted with a 60 GB HDD as standard. The top model is the Elite which is black and has a 120 GB HDD. Initially the elite was the only variation which came with HDMI but since the discontinuation of the Xenon xbox 360's all models come with HDMI 1.2 as standard (the elite comes with an HDMI cable)
22. What is Xenon, Zephyr, Falcon, Opus, Jasper & Valhalla ?
Xenon is the original xbox 360 design (xenon was also the code name of the xbox 360 during development) the xenon models had 90 nm GPU and CPU processors and did not come with an HDMI port (xenon's were discontinued due to their large amounts of heat produced which resulted in high failure rates of consoles), the xenon model was fitted with an HDMI port and Bigger heatsinks which resulted in the Zephyr xbox 360's, initially only the elite models were zephyr xbox's but the final iteration of the core and early premiums also had zephyr mainboards. The Zephyr models was replaced with Falcon 360's in late 2007, all falcon 360 have hdmi 1.2 ports, 65 nm CPU's and 90 nm GPU's, improved cooling and the falcon models are also able to upscale dvd's from internally, Falcons can be identified from earlier versions by a re-designed power connector and a power supply that runs at 175w. The motherboard layout is also different. The replacement for the falcon models are the Jasper design which come's with a 65 nm CPU and GPU, The Opus 360's are refurbed Xenon models but fitted with the 65 nm CPU from the Falcon models (Opus models have been nicknamed the zombie 360's). The final design of the xbox 360 due next year is the valhalla design which will use less power than current models and it will be fitted with a combined GPU/CPU which will reduce production cost and which will run more quieter and cooler than even the Jasper models. Valhalla 360's will have a 45 nm processor.
23.What's the easiest way for South Africans to buy MS points to use on the Xbox Live Marketplace?
Register on www.gamepointsnow.com wait a week for a confirmation letter and receive point codes delivered to your email when purchased. Payment are made via Paypal or Google Checkout.
24.What connection do I need to play on Xbox Live?
384k or 512k for joining in other people's games but to be able to host, a 4Mb line is needed. 3G and HSDPA are also fine for Live but have inferior latency to ADSL.