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September 15, 2005

XBox360 Set For Thanksgiving Retail Launch



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Microsoft has announced that its Xbox 360 will arrive on store shelves just in time for the holiday season: The product will be available Nov. 22 in North America, Dec. 2 in Europe and Dec. 10 in Japan. The announcement was made the day before the Tokyo Game Show 2005, the venue at which the Xbox 360 will debut.

More than 40 publishers in Japan, including Bandai Co. Ltd., Capcom Co. Ltd., Koei Co. Ltd., Konami Corp., Namco Ltd., Sega Corp., Square Enix Co. Ltd. and Tecmo Ltd., will support Xbox 360. The product has support for high-definition output with anti-aliasing, and Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Microsoft also announced its next generation of the Xbox Live service, an online games and entertainment network. The Xbox Live service enables users to play online in a community of millions, connect with friends using voice and video chat, download new content, build online profiles and experience new modes of entertainment. Xbox 360 can also be used as an amplifier for music, movies and photos stored on an array of devices including MP3 players, digital cameras and Microsoft Windows XP-based PCs.

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