New and Old Games for the Xbox 360 Console
November 19th 2005
Xbox 360 game
The Xbox 360 release is set for
this Tuesday November 22nd and it is highly anticipated.
It is expected to be this holiday’s hottest retail item. Microsoft
expects to sell between 4.5 and 5.5 million units by March.
In fact some stores have already
sold out. According to
Wal-Mart “previously sold out of Xbox 360 bundles that ranged from
$579.06 to $719.24. “ The retailer has also has sold out of their
stand alone units for online sales. The X-box 360 will be available
in their stores at 12 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
The release of the 360 will
likely spark a “console war”. Other console makers including Sony
and Nintendo may lower their price trying to pull gamers from other
platforms. Sony lost 25 million in their game division in the last
quarter of 2004 as Microsoft’s original X-box finally outsold the
Giant from Japan.
Microsoft has learned from their
previous Xbox release debacle. Game developers were slow to develop
competitive games for the console. It was a new machine and some
developers already had investments in other platforms. X-box has
caught up now.
The new Xbox is
backwards-compatible so the older games will play on the new box.
212 games playable on the original will also play on the Xbox 360.
According to Gamespot Microsoft confirms that its next-generation
console will play many games for its current-console, including
Halo, Ninja Gaiden, KOTOR, Fable, GTA, and more.
Here is a quick list of some of
the popular games playable on the new console: Halo and Halo 2, Star
Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I and II, Ninja Gaiden and Ninja
Gaiden Black, and the three Grand Theft Autos: III, Vice City, and
If you want to use the legacy
games on the new console the 360 must be hooked up to Xbox live when
you insert the game. The system will check to see whether the
console has the latest emulation software. If the emulation
software is not installed, it can be downloaded automatically. Then
just restart the system and go.
You will need the 360 hard drive
installed to store the backward-compatibility software. The new 360
hard drives will come with Halo and Halo2 software preinstalled. If
you do not want to log into Xbox.com to download the emulators you
can request a CD containing the drivers from Microsoft for a minor
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