so just what are all those BITS & BYTES and specs huh !?

YEAH second time i got bored in less than 2 weeks !? lol :p

anyhow for the curious out there here's the lowdown on the main 3 players out there in the big gaming console world today :)

GAMECUBE, PLAYSTATION 2 , X-BOX ...... SPECS as follows >


Gamecube System Specifications

MPU (Microprocessor Unit): 485 MHz custom IBM PowerPC "Gekko"
Graphics Processor: 162 MHz custom ATI/Nintendo "Flipper"
Texture-Read Bandwidth: 10.4 GB per second (peak)
Main Memory Bandwidth: 2.6 GB per second (peak)
Pixel Depth: 24-bit color, 24-bit Z buffer
Sound Processor: 81 MHz custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
Sound Performance: 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM encoding
Polygon Performance: 6 to 12 million polygons per second (peak)
System Memory: 40 MB
Main Memory: 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM
Disc Drive: 128 ms CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) system
Data Transfer Speed: 16 Mbps to 25 Mbps
Media: 3-inch, 1.5 GB capacity disc
Controller Ports: Four
Memory Card Slots: Two
Audio-Video Output: Analog and digital
Dimensions: 4.3 by 5.9 by 6.3 inches (height by width by depth)

Xbox Hardware Specifications

733 MHz Intel Custom Pentium III

Front Side Bus
133 MHz - 1.0 GB/sec

Micron 64 MB DDR SDRAM

Memory Bandwidth
6.4 GB/sec bus

Storage Medium
8 GB Hard Disk
(Western Digital, 5400 RPM)

I/O (Input / Output)
w-5x DVD-ROM
Type 9 DVD - 8.5 GB single sided
4x Proprietary USB Game Ports (12 Mbps)
Broadband Ethernet Connection (100 Mbps)
Proprietary Audio/Video Connector

Graphics Processor Unit
250 MHz Custom-Designed NV2X

Max Polygon Performance
125 M/sec

Simultaneous Textures
4.8 G/Sec

Pixel Fill Rate

Compressed Textures
Yes (6:1)

Maximum resolution
1920 x 1080 (HDTV Required)

MPEG 2 Support
Yes (Standard DVD)

HDTV Game Support
Yes (HDTV Cable Required)

DVD Movie Playback
Yes (DVD Remote Control Required)

Media Comm. Processor
200 MHz Processor Custom
Designed By NVIDIA
Controls Hard Disk & DVD
Controls High-Speed Ethernet
Controls Proprietary USB Game Ports
Controls Advanced Audio which uses:
licensed technology from UK's Sensaura 3D.

Peripheral Bus (MCP BUS)
400 MB/s (Full Duplex)

Broadband Enabled
Yes (10/100 Mbps / TCP/IP / WinSock)

Audio Channels

3D Audio Support
Yes (64 3D channels)

Operating System
- Windows 2000 Core OS
(Custom designed by MS)
- DirectX 8.0a (Drivers)
- Part 1 of the OS is on the hard disk < 1 MB
- Part 2 of the OS can be DVD disc < 500 K
- (Part 1 includes the core OS, DirectX, DVD playback, some drivers and 3D user interface)
- (Part 2 includes things like libraries, other drivers and other features needed by the developer)
- OS takes less then 3 MB in RAM
- The OS has a 3D user interface when no games are inserted to play music CDs, run DVD movies etc.
- The games run in ring 0, known as kernel mode which is the fastest mode possible.

Parental control on DVD's with ESRB ratings

Width: ~31cm
Depth: ~27cm
Height: ~10cm

Total Internal Components


PlayStation 2 System Features and Specifications*

*Updated for model number SCPH-39001


128-bit CPU

System Clock Frequency:

294.912 MHz

Cache Memory:

Instruction: 16KB, Data: 8KB + 16


Main Memory:

Direct Rambus (Direct RDRAM)

Memory Size:


Memory Bus Bandwidth:

3.2GB per second


FPU (Floating Point Unit)

Floating Point Multiply Accumulator x 1
Floating Point Divider x 1

Vector Units:

VU0 and VU1

Floating Point Multiply Accumulator x 9
Floating Point Divider x 3

Floating Point


3D CG Geometric

66 million Polygons per Second

Compressed Image



Graphics Synthesizer™

Clock Frequency:


Embedded DRAM:


DRAM Bus Bandwidth:

48GB per second

DRAM Bus Width:

2,560 bits

Pixel Configuration:

RGB:Alpha:Z Buffer (24:8:32)

Polygon Drawing Rate:

75 million Polygons per second

Screen Resolution:

Variable from 256 x 224 to 1280 x



“SPU2 + CPU”

Number of Voices:

ADPCM: 48 ch on SPU2 plus definable,

software programmable voices

Sound Memory:


Output Frequency:

Variable up to 48 KHz (DAT quality)


I/O Processor

CPU Core:

PlayStation (current) CPU (R3000)

Clock Frequency:

33.8688MHz or 36.864MHz

(selectable; PlayStation/PlayStation 2 mode)

IOP Memory:


Sub Bus:


Interface Types:

IEEE1394 i.LINK, Universal Serial Bus

(USB) x2, Controller Port x2, Memory Card slots x 2



Device Speed:

CD-ROM 24x



Drive Bay (for 3.5” hard disc drive)

Expansion Bay (for network peripherals)

DVD Player software built in; no memory card required to play



Power Requirements:

120V AC, 60 Hz

Power Consumption:


Dimensions (approx.):

301 x 78 x 182 mm (w/h/d)

(12 x 3-1/8 x 7-1/4 inches)

Mass (approx.):

2.2 kg (4 lbs. 14 oz)

Operating Temperature:

41°F-95°F (5°C-35°C)

Laser Diode Properties:

Material: GaAlAs

Wavelength: l = 650/780nm


Controller ports (2)

Memory Card slots (2)

USB Connector (2)

S400 i.LINK connector (1)


AV Multi Out connector (1)

Digital Out (Optical) connector (1)

Expansion Bay (1)


so there u have it all expensive pocket money burners and all addictive in their own way :)

so now you all know :)
Im still dreaming of gettin an X box:)

Man i want 1 of those baby's bad...Drool:p

Mind U from what ive seen of the Gamecube, it looks a goodie 2


PS Hey Bud U need 2 get bored more often:)
there both good :p we have both lol :p and 3 pc's and a dreamcast, 2 x playstation ones and a megadrive and a game gear and a gameboy advance , a gameboy color and 2 snes's and an N64 finally an atari 2600 and prolly other stuff too :p :)

btw x-box second hand are around £100 with a game from gamestation and new about £130 now :)

game cubes are £80 with mario sunshine and a pad and with a clip on LCD-COLOR screen and mario sunshine and pad is £140 :)

seperate the screens are £99 :) work the maths out :)
Mmmm atari 2600:)

Man i can remember that little baby

Me brother was king at pac-man, but i was the best at defender & yar's revenge(or was it phoenix)

Those were the days:)

VIPER_1069 said:
there both good :p we have both lol :p and 3 pc's and a dreamcast, 2 x playstation ones and a megadrive and a game gear and a gameboy advance , a gameboy color and 2 snes's and an N64 finally an atari 2600 and prolly other stuff too :p :)

FINALLY THE PSP playstation PORTABLE was released in TOKYO :)

source houston chronicle

TOKYO - Game fans have braved a chilly Tokyo night in long lines to be among the first in the world to get their hands on Sony Corp.'s Play Station Portable, the consumer electronics firm's first handheld game machine.

About 200,000 of the sleek black devices, able to play movies, music and games, went on sale early this morning as part of a drive by Sony to loosen rival Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s iron grip on the market for handheld game machines.

The Play Station Portable (PSP), at a price of 19,800 yen ($189), went on sale 10 days after the successful launch of Nintendo DS, a game machine the size of a paperback book with a wireless connection and two screens, one of which is touch-sensitive and works with a pen-like device.

Analysts say both will sell well this holiday season, bringing the biggest buzz to the sector since Sony launched its PlayStation 2 (PS2) game console in 2000, although Nintendo's much greater production capacity will give it an initial edge in sales.

Excitement over Play Station Portable, with high-quality graphics normally only seen on a full game console, has been building for months with the Japanese press eagerly comparing it with the rival Nintendo DS, made by the company that brought the world games featuring characters Pokemon, Mario and Donkey Kong.

"With the DS you can only play games, but with the PSP you can also play music and movies. There's added value there," said Asuka Senaga, a 24-year old company employee who lined up outside an electronics retailer in Shinjuku hours ahead of opening.

Senaga bought a car-racing game, Namco's Ridge Racers, to play with friends who also bought a PSP.


Equipped with a wireless LAN feature, the Sony machine allows users to play games with each other over the Internet.

Sony has displayed mannequins holding PSPs in stylish shops around Tokyo since mid-November to create a buzz around the product that goes beyond traditional game fans.

specs as follows


• PSP portable game system

• Black

• PSP-1000

• Approximately 170 x 23 x 74mm (width x height x depth) (case measurement only -- not including button and analog stick elevation)

• Approximately 270 g (battery weight included)

• PSP CPU (1 - 333 MHz operating frequency)

• 32MB (+ built-in DRAM 4MB)

• 4.3 inches, 16 : 9 widescreen TFT liquid crystal display
• 480 x 272 pixels, 16,770,000 color depth
• Maximum 200cd/ mý contrast ratio (with Brightness Control)

• Stereo built-in speakers

• IEEE802.11b (Wi-Fi) standards
• USB 2.0 (Target)
• Memory Stick PRO Duo
• IrDA
• IR Remote (SIRCS standards)

• Memory Stick Duo slot
• USB slot
• External power supply terminals
• Battery charging terminals
• Headphone / Microphone plugs

• Directional Pad (up / down / left / right)
• Analog stick
• (Triangle, Circle, X, Square) buttons
• L & R trigger (1 on each side)
• POWER / HOLD switch
• Wireless LAN switch (on / off)
• OPEN switch (UMD)

• Built-in lithium ion battery
• External AC adapter

• UMD Drive (Playback only)

• PSP Game
• UMD Audio
• UMD Video

• Video: H.264 / AVC MP Level3 ; PNG subtitles
• Audio: ATRAC3 plus, MP3

• 128bit AED encryption
• Copyright protection technology: MagicGate

• Region and Parental lock-out

• Infrastructure mode (Networking functions)
• Ad-hoc mode (maximum 16 connections) (Local wireless LAN functions)

• AC Adapter
• Battery Pack
• Headphones (Remote Control-equipped)
• Pouch


DESIGN See-through shutter-free case
SIZE Approximately 65 x 4.2 x 64mm (width x height x depth)
MASS Approximately 10g
MAXIMUM STORAGE CAPACITY Single-sided, dual-layer 1.8GB
LASER 660nm (red)

see images attached (c/o lik sang)



Nintendo's latest innovation, code-named Nintendo DS, provides users with a unique game-play experience using features never before offered by any other home console or hand-held game system. This portable personal entertainment and communications unit provides owners with new perspectives on dual screens, new control using both touch and voice, and new connections with two kinds of wireless game play. It's a newfound canvas on which developers can express their creativity.

Region Free: Nintendo DS is a universal system that can be played anywhere on the planet. Further, it can play games purchased anywhere.

Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Italian

Dual Screens: Two LCD screens offer one of the most groundbreaking game-play advances ever developed: experiencing a game from two perspectives at once. Imagine the possibilities. In a racing game, drivers might see their own vehicle's perspective on one screen and an overall track view on the other. In a role-playing game, the action could take place on the first screen while the second provides a reference for a player's tools inventory. Game play also could use both screens at once, offering a giant boss for heroes to defeat. In the future, games could be created allowing users to play games on one screen while text messaging other DS users on the other. Each 3-inch screen can reproduce a true 3-D view and is backlit to assure comfortable play in any lighting condition.

Touch Screen: The lower screen will offer something never before provided by any game device: PDA-like touch capabilities. Players no longer have to rely on just buttons to move characters or shift perspectives. They can navigate menus or access inventory items simply by touching the screen with stylus or fingertip. A software-based keyboard might even allow the screen to be used as an input center for games and messaging. The possibilities are limited only by developers' imaginations. The screen will have a tougher film cover for durability, and will come with a stylus.

Microphone: An available microphone port means that in the future, players might need only to tell their games what to do. DS software could identify everything from voice commands to hand-clapping. Players might be able to move their characters simply by telling them which way to go. The voice capabilities also could allow gamers to chat with one another over the Internet while playing.

Input/Output: Ports for both Nintendo DS Game Cards and Game Boy® Advance Game Paks, terminals for stereo headphones and microphone.

Wireless: DS users will be able to connect with a local wireless network of up to 16 players. Nintendo's guaranteed range is 30 feet, but will extend far beyond that depending on circumstances (30 to 100 feet). It assures high response rates required for real time game play, and will make use of both IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo's proprietary communication protocol, which provides low battery consumption. Players will be able to chat and play games without any connecting cords, completely untethered. The DS technology also provides for a wireless LAN connection, which could allow a theoretically infinite number of players to connect at a hot spot and compete at a central game hub on the Internet, even if they're thousands of miles apart.

Wireless Game Sharing: If software developers desire, multiple players can compete in wireless games, even if only one person has a game card inserted. Players could also test-play games for themselves as long as they stayed connected.

3-D: With the newly developed graphics engine, DS can reproduce impressive 3-D renderings that can surpass images displayed on the Nintendo® 64. Games will run at 60 frames per second, and allow details like fog effects and cel shading.

Sound: The 16-channel sound allows for greatly expanded use of voices and music, and a richer, more immersive game experience. Stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, depending on the software. A plug for headphones transmits stereo sound.

Battery & Power Management: The battery is rechargeable and the unit features a low-energy-consumption design. The DS also has Power Management functions of Sleep mode and Standby mode. In Sleep mode, players can stop and resume game play whenever they like. If the user receives a message from a friend or user nearby, DS activates itself from Standby mode. Lithium ion battery delivering six to 10 hours of play on a four-hour charge, depending on use; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter.

Processing: The unit will run on two processors, one ARM9 one ARM7.

With the ARM 7 running at 33MHz and the ARM 9 running at 67MHz. The device will sport 4MB of system RAM, and 32K of RAM for the ARMs 7 and 9, as well as 656K of VRAM.

New Media: For its compact cards, the unit uses newly developed semiconductor memory, which allows for lower cost, shorter manufacturing time and memory capacity of more than one gigabit of information.

Dual Slots: Nintendo DS makes a vast library of Game Boy® Advance games readily available. Developers could find ways to make new connections between GBA games and DS games. The GBA port could be used for new hardware, enormously expanding the functional expandability of the DS.

Other Features: Embedded PictoChat software that allows up to 16 users to chat at once, embedded real-time clock, date, time and alarm, touch-screen calibration
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Mmmm atari 2600

Man i can remember that little baby

Me brother was king at pac-man, but i was the best at defender & yar's revenge(or was it phoenix)

Those were the days