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Bill Gates, talking at the annual Game Developers Conference, announced that Microsoft is entering the video game world with the introduction of a future-generation dedicated video game console, currently code-named X-Box, designed to deliver intense, action-packed games.
"Building on our strengths as a software company, X-Box will offer game developers a powerful platform and game enthusiasts an incredible experience," said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft. "We want X-Box to be the platform of choice for the best and most creative game developers in the world."
Familiar tools such as the Microsoft® DirectX® API will inspire movie-quality rendering, enhanced Internet gaming, and superior audio in future-generation games.
The market for consoles is a hotly contested one. Arriving on store shelves in the second half of 2001, the X-Box will compete directly against Sony's PlayStation2, Nintendo's Dolphin and Sega's Dreamcast.
Sony & Sega practically created the console market, and they'll have the advantage that they really know the consumers. But some analysts are already predicting that it's going to be a two platform world - between Sony and Microsoft.
vDirectX API v Intel Pentium III processor technology with Streaming SIMD Extensions v Custom 3-D NVIDIA graphics processor v 64MB of RAM v Custom 3-D audio processor v 8GB hard drive v 4X DVD drive with movie playback v Four game controller ports v Expansion port v Proprietary A/V connector v 100 MBps Ethernet
For more information see: X-Box to Deliver Ultimate Console Gaming Experience.
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