X-Box

An ambitious foray by Microsoft into the gaming console market promises to change the market equation with its powerful console named X-Box. An Intel 733 MHz processor, a customised 3D graphics processor from Nvidia power the X-Box along with 64 MB RAM, an 8 GB hard disk and a modem allowing users to play multiplayer games over the internet. X-Box also offers a 3D audio processor and a DVD disk that also acts as a movie player. The performance statistics released by Microsoft show it far exceeding the power of Sony’s Playstation 2. Many game developers have already pledged support to Microsoft promising a wide variety of game titles for it when it will be released in the last quarter of 2001.