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Friday, March 10th 2000
Microsoft X-Box Announced
02:08 PM
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As I'm sure many of you were expecting, Bill Gates announced on thursday afternoon that the X-Box does in fact exist. The specs and so on were unveiled at the GDC today, which you can read about from the official press release. Here's a juicy clip from somewhere in the middle:

" Familiar tools such as the Microsoft® DirectX® API will inspire movie-quality rendering, enhanced Internet gaming, and superior audio in future-generation games. X-Box will catapult gameplay quality to new heights by delivering the following:

  • More than three times the graphics performance of the newest-generation game consoles
  • Co-developed with experts at nVidia Corp., the custom-designed graphics chip will deliver more than 300 million polygons per second.
  • Rich, fast-action and realistic experiences enabled by the X-Box hard drive
  • Broadband Internet connectivity that extends the game experience
  • Combining the power of PC technology with the accessibility of its cutting-edge DirectX development tools, Microsoft is providing game developers with a maximum-performance creative medium to deliver better games. "

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