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Trivia Tuesday: Microsoft's super-successful Xbox 360

By Neowin
Mar 13, 2012
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  1. Alongside their Windows operating system, one of Microsoft’s most successful ventures has been into the game space: first with the Xbox and then with the ever popular Xbox 360. Neowin has…

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  2. mishmosh

    mishmosh TS Rookie

    If their gaming division has been so successful, tell us how much money they have made since the debut of the xbox360.
     
  3. The 360 is great for use as a Media center extender as well.
     
  4. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,933   +126 Staff Member

    Exactly, sales and revenue are one thing.
    Profit is a whole other thing, especially when the consoles are sold at a loss and ontop of that you have a whopping 23.7% failure rate!
     
  5. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,392   +16

    The best part of the article: "The Xenos GPU in the Xbox 360, designed by ATI/AMD, is capable of a reported 240 GFLOPS. This is equivalent to 2006's ATI Radeon X1900 XTX high-end GPU and is currently equivalent to the AMD Radeon HD 6450. The current generation high-end AMD Radeon HD 7970 is approximately 15 times more powerful."

    Regarding profit, if I'm not mistaken the 360 started turning a profit in the beginning of 2008 thanks in large part to Halo 3 coming out in fall 2007.
     
  6. The best part of the article: "The Xenos GPU in the Xbox 360, designed by ATI/AMD, is capable of a reported 240 GFLOPS. This is equivalent to 2006's ATI Radeon X1900 XTX high-end GPU and is currently equivalent to the AMD Radeon HD 6450. The current generation high-end AMD Radeon HD 7970 is approximately 15 times more powerful."

    ^^^ That's the saddest part actually.

    How much better do PC games look than Xbox360 or PS3 exclusives? Maybe 50% better.

    As a PC gamer, I am yet to find any games that look significantly better than almost 5 year old Crysis. Sure Metro 2033 and BF3 are contenders. Witcher 2 is there. The list is getting narrow right after that.

    Also, the texture quality in BF3 is appalling. Given the 10-15x GPU speed we have in HD6970/GTX580/HD7970, all this shows is that directly coding to the hardware without an API overhead overcomes 10x the GPU power deficiency.

    Finally, while we can crank 2560x1600 on the PC, PC games hardly look better with resolution scaling since the physics, and overall graphics effects don't improve with higher resolution. It slightly enhances the textures/clarity. Given that PC is so far more advanced, it's remarkable how little of a lead PC has over consoles in terms of graphics quality even when you take into account better resolution, proper anti-aliasing, etc.
     
  7. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Enthusiast Posts: 172

    That's because as of late 2004, most if not all games became console ports, Crysis probably being one of the last few PC only titles that pushed it to the limits.
     
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,479   +624

    I have no facts,only opinion - Crysis for PC was a financial failure. Or, rather, game companies see no point in wasting money and resources on extra effort, when 7 year old practices churn out bulk games that sell for a ton.
     
  9. davimous

    davimous TS Rookie Posts: 55   +9

    Yes we all know Techspot users hate consoles. We are all aware that PC are miles ahead in all graphical and power aspects. Complain all you want. Console gaming is here to stay.
     
  10. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 958   +23

    With all the red rings of death (some replaced theirs 3 times), I think they saw little profit from the xbox.
     
  11. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Posts: 692   +48

    I can't imagine how inflated this number is due to broken consoles
     
     
  12. I think the next xbox will be upgradable with just a replacement of one single card.
     


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