Microsoft sends us spinning 360 degrees

Giddy with excitement, Microsoft showed off Xbox 360 in Australia for the first time last night. Like a proud parent they ran through the interface and showed off a few of the integrated user profile features. The system is very much geared for multimedia with the ability to stream audio, video and images from pretty much any USB powered device. Microsoft boasted that it will be compatible with every USB device on the market but when questioned as to whether non MSC devices will work they weren't 100% certain. Older Mp3 players like the Rio Karma may not stream to the 360 but any windows PC with the same files on it should easily take over that task on its behalf.

Parental Control
Parental Control

One of the biggest revelations of the night was the parental control options with many categories that parents can use to restrict the way their children will be able to interact with the console, both offline and on Xbox Live. Microsoft was quick to boast that the parental controls for this region were worked on closely with the Office of Film and Literature Classification and branded accordingly.

Xbox 360 console
Xbox 360 console

Microsoft also showed off code of Project Gotham Racing 3, the flagship racer currently under production. The game ran very smooth with incredible detail in full High Definition. The cars are rendered with 80,000 polygons each, split evenly between the exterior and interior which is incredible when compared to the 7,000 polygons per car in PGR2. Another feature of the game is the ability to pause the game and take images of the current game play complete with camera functions such as aperture and shutter speed. These images are then stored on the Xbox 360 hard drive and can be moved over to the pc or shared with friends via messenger.

Project Gotham Racing
Project Gotham Racing

It was good to see the Xbox 360 come out of hiding and even though the press was not yet able to have a go themselves, the anticipation is definitely building for this console, and Microsoft are just as excited as the consumers.

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