Grammy Award

Grammy Award

The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, make up the rest). However, the Grammys, usually held in February, (last of what are considered the "big three" music awards shows, including the BMA and AMA shows) are considered the approximate equivalent to the Oscars, in the music world.

Like the Oscars, the Grammys, which currently have 108 categories within 30 genres of music (such as pop, gospel, and rap), are voted upon by peers - voting members of the Recording Academy - rather than being based upon popularity (as with the AMAs) or sales and chart achievements (the BMAs).

The awards are named for the trophy which the winner receives - a small gilded statuette of a gramophone, handcrafted by Billings Artworks. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the more prominent Grammys are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony.

Some feel that because Grammy voters tend to vote conservatively, and are marketed to by record companies, the most widely-recognized Grammys tend to go to either well-established artists or those being hyped by the recording industry. Hence, the Grammys are not taken seriously by some musicians and music fans. In fact, many artists who are placed in high regard, artistically, by many fans and critics (such as Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, ) have been awarded very few Grammys.

Of the "big three" music awards shows, the Grammys are the highest rated.

Unlike the Academy Awards, for which the eligibility period begins January 1, the eligibility period for the Grammys begins October 1, which results in September being considered the Christmas sales period for the music industry (in which artists generally release big albums to qualify for the next year's Grammy). So, for example, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy was released in November, 1980, a month-and-a-half too late to qualify for the 1981 Grammys, and thus eligible for the 1982 awards (it eventually won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year).

The Grammys are currently broadcast on CBS.

Grammy Records

Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group have won 16 Grammys in total, including six consecutive awards for six consecutive albums. Metheny, as of the 2004 Grammy Awards, holds the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories:

  1. Best Jazz Fusion Performance (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990)
  2. Best Instrumental Composition (1991)
  3. Best Contemporary Jazz Performance/Album (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003)
  4. Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group (1998, 2000)
  5. Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1999)
  6. Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (2001)
  7. Best New Age Album (2004)

Session drummer Hal Blaine played on six consecutive records which won Record of the Year:

  1. 1966 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - "A Taste of Honey"
  2. 1967 Frank Sinatra - "Strangers in the Night"
  3. 1968 5th Dimension - "Up, Up and Away"
  4. 1969 Simon & Garfunkel - "Mrs. Robinson"
  5. 1970 5th Dimension - "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"
  6. 1971 Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

Legendary Opera Diva Leontyne Price has won 18 awards

Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin has won 11 awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, including 8 consecutive (and the first 8 ever awarded) awards in the category:

  1. 1968 - "Respect"
  2. 1969 - "Chain of Fools"
  3. 1970 - "Share Your Love With Me"
  4. 1971 - "Don't Play That Song"
  5. 1972 - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
  6. 1973 - Young, Gifted, and Black
  7. 1974 - "Master of Eyes"
  8. 1975 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"
  9. 1982 - "Hold On, I'm Comin'"
  10. 1986 - "Freeway of Love"
  11. 1988 - Aretha

Conductor Sir Georg Solti holds the record for most Grammys won, having won a total of thirty-eight awards before his death in 1997.

The most Grammys won in a single night is eight -- a record shared by Michael Jackson (1984), and Carlos Santana (2000).

Christopher Cross (Grammy Awards of 1981) and Norah Jones (Grammy Awards of 2003) are the only artists to receive the "Big Four" (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) in a single ceremony.

Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging.

Award categories

  • Record of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Best New Artist
  • Grammy Hall of Fame
  • Grammy Legend Award
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Grammy Tech Award
  • Grammy Trustees Award

Alternative

  • Best Alternative Music Album

Blues

  • Best Traditional Blues Album
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album

Children's

  • Best Album for Children
  • Best Musical Album for Children
  • Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Classical

  • Best Orchestral Performance
  • Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral
  • Best Opera Recording
  • Best Choral Performance
  • Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with or without orchestra)
  • Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)
  • Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)
  • Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor)
  • Best Chamber Music Performance
  • Best Classical Contemporary Composition
  • Best Classical Album
  • Best Classical Crossover Album
  • Best New Classical Artist

Comedy

  • Best Comedy Album
  • Best Spoken Comedy Album

Composing and arranging

  • Best Instrumental Composition
  • Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "Film/TV/Media" field)
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "film/TV/media" field)
  • Best Arrangement
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
  • Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices

Country

  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance
  • Best Male Country Vocal Performance
  • Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental
  • Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
  • Best Country Instrumental Performance
  • Best Country & Western Recording
  • Best Country & Western Single
  • Best Country Song
  • Best Country Album
  • Best Bluegrass Album
  • Best New Country & Western Artist

Dance

  • Best Dance Recording (previously in "Pop")
  • Best Electronic/Dance Album

Disco

  • Best Disco Recording

Film/TV/Media

  • Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (previously in the "composing and arranging" field)
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (previously in the "composing and arranging" field)

Folk

  • Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording
  • Best Traditional Folk Album
  • Best Contemporary Folk Album
  • Best Native American Music Album
  • Best Hawaiian Music Album

Gospel

  • Best Gospel Performance
  • Best Gospel Performance, Traditional
  • Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary
  • Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Female
  • Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male
  • Best Gospel Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female
  • Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
  • Best Inspirational Performance
  • Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
  • Best Rock Gospel Album
  • Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
  • Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
  • Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album
  • Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album

Historical

  • Best Historical Album

Jazz

  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
  • Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
  • Best Jazz Fusion Performance
  • Best Original Jazz Composition
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • Best Contemporary Jazz Album
  • Best Latin Jazz Album

Latin

  • Best Latin Recording
  • Best Latin Pop Album
  • Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album
  • Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
  • Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album
  • Best Tejano Album
  • Best Salsa Album
  • Best Merengue Album
  • Best Salsa/Merengue Album

Musical Show

  • Best Musical Show Album
  • Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television

Music Video

  • Best Short Form Music Video
  • Best Long Form Music Video
  • Best Concept Music Video
  • Best Performance Music Video
  • Video of the Year

New Age

  • Best New Age Album

Packaging and notes

  • Best Album Cover
  • Best Album Cover - Classical
  • Best Album Cover - Other Than Classical
  • Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
  • Best Album Cover, Photography
  • Best Recording Package
  • Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
  • Best Album Notes
  • Best Album Notes - Classical

Polka

  • Best Polka Album

Pop

  • Best Vocal Performance, Female
  • Best Vocal Performance, Male
  • Best Performance by a Vocal Group
  • Best Performance by a Chorus
  • Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus
  • Best Instrumental Performance
  • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
  • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
  • Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female
  • Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • Best Contemporary Performance by a Chorus
  • Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
  • Best Performance by an Orchestra - for Dancing
  • Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra - Primarily Not Jazz or for Dancing
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Vocal Coloring
  • Best Contemporary Song
  • Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Best Pop Instrumental Album

Production and engineering

  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
  • Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • Best Engineered Recording - Special or Novel Effects
  • Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
  • Producer of the Year, Classical
  • Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical

R&B

  • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
  • Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
  • Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female
  • Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
  • Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
  • Best R&B Instrumental Performance
  • Best Urban/Alternative Performance
  • Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
  • Best R&B Song
  • Best R&B Album
  • Best Contemporary R&B Album

Rap

  • Best Rap Performance
  • Best Rap Solo Performance
  • Best Female Rap Solo Performance
  • Best Male Rap Solo Performance
  • Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  • Best Rap Song
  • Best Rap Album

Reggae

  • Best Reggae Album

Rock

  • Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
  • Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
  • Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo
  • Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  • Best Hard Rock Performance
  • Best Metal Performance
  • Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental
  • Best Rock Song
  • Best Rock Album

Surround Sound

  • Best Surround Sound Album

Spoken

  • Best Spoken Word Album
  • Best Spoken Comedy Album

Traditional Pop

  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

World

  • Best World Music Album
  • Best Traditional World Music Album
  • Best Contemporary World Music Album

Awards by year

Years reflect the year in which the awards were presented, for music released in the previous year.

Grammy Awards by year
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Spoken. [43]. Surround Sound. 4 Red Lights: The A/V cable is either not properly connected to the Xbox 360 system, or is not being detected. Rock. The patterns are as follows:. Reggae. For some errors the Xbox 360 system will display patterns of red lights to occur in place of the standard green Ring of Light to indicate what error is occouring.

Rap. [42]. R&B. Microsoft is unable to replace the scratched discs, however they are offering a free copy of Perfect Dark Zero (a Microsoft published game) as a replacement. Production and engineering. The manual that comes with the Xbox 360 specifically warns against moving the system while it is powered on. Pop. When a user moves the Xbox 360 from its vertical position to its horizontal position and vice-versa while the system is reading from a disc, the angular momentum of the disc causes it to brush against the drive's pickup-assembly and results in radial scratches.

Polka. Since its initial release date, some Xbox 360 customers have complained that the 360 occasionally freezes, apparently due to overheating because of high environment temperatures or a limited airflow around the Xbox 360 (and as such the problem can be lessened by allowing a better airflow or cooler environment). Packaging and notes. Contact Xbox Customer Support." in a variety of languages and the error code at the bottom. New Age. The screen contains the text "System error. Music Video. The error stops the console and requests that the player contact technical support.

Musical Show. Microsoft placed kiosks for demonstration in some stores and the error began appearing. Latin. It was discovered in Wal-Mart stores days before the official console launch. Jazz. The Xbox 360 screen of death is an error screen displayed by the Xbox 360 game console. Historical. [41].

Gospel. On January 26, 2006, Microsoft released Q2 2006 earning report, stating the Xbox 360 has reached 1.5 million units in 2005, 0.9 million units in North America, 0.5 million units in Europe, and 0.1 million units in Japan. Folk. Purchased separately, the price of the items would be AU$209.95. Film/TV/Media. To compensate for the Late Xbox 360 release to Australia and New Zealand, Microsoft released a VIP pack priced AU$149.95, containing the items below. Disco. The Xbox 360 is scheduled to be released in Australia and New Zealand on March 23, 2006, delayed for 3 weeks from the original March 2 launch date.

Dance. In Hong Kong, there are promotions include: free PGR3 faceplate with purchase of selected titles, DOA4 collectibles with purchase of a extra game, and reduced price when purchased with cross-promotional items. Country. The launch date for Hong Kong and Singapore is March 16, 2006, delayed from original March 2 launch date. Composing and arranging. Promotions include one free limited edition PGR3 faceplate bundled for the initial shipment, and a gamepad-game combo pack containing Kameo and a wireless gamepad. Comedy. It will be released in Taiwan on March 2, 2006.

Classical. The Xbox 360 is scheduled to be released in South Korea on February 24, 2006. Children's. In Mexico retailers such as the Liverpool, CompuDabo, Game Planet, gdGames, Cyberbox, and Camelot Games have started selling the console, games, and accessories. Blues. The Xbox 360 was released in Mexico and Colombia on February 2, 2006. Alternative. Sony has a substantial amount of Japanese third party developers.

Béla Fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician, namely country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging. Recent surveys in Japan have confirmed that the majority of Japanese 'gamers' are strong supporters of Sony. Christopher Cross (Grammy Awards of 1981) and Norah Jones (Grammy Awards of 2003) are the only artists to receive the "Big Four" (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist) in a single ceremony. On the day of the launch, Capcom unveiled their Xbox 360-exclusive sci-fi game Lost Planet, which features South Korean actor Lee Byung Hun in the lead role. The most Grammys won in a single night is eight -- a record shared by Michael Jackson (1984), and Carlos Santana (2000). On December 17, Rakuten's website announced a special five-day sale starting on December 22 selling 10 Xbox 360s at 24,900 yen.[40]. Conductor Sir Georg Solti holds the record for most Grammys won, having won a total of thirty-eight awards before his death in 1997. To entice people into buying the Xbox 360 some retailers are offering discounts on the system if they sign up for a 2 year broadband contract, similar to cell phone deals in the US.

Soul and R&B legend Aretha Franklin has won 11 awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, including 8 consecutive (and the first 8 ever awarded) awards in the category:. Maruyama is widely credited for attracting support from Japanese game developers. Legendary Opera Diva Leontyne Price has won 18 awards. Microsoft Japan executive Yoshihiro Maruyama stated that he expects sales of Xbox 360 in Japan to hit one million units sometime next year. Session drummer Hal Blaine played on six consecutive records which won Record of the Year:. It should be noted that this number is roughly equal to the number of Xbox units sold in Japan by November of 2005. Metheny, as of the 2004 Grammy Awards, holds the record for Grammy wins in the most different categories:. Namco expects to sell 500,000 copies of Ridge Racer 6 in Japan.

Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group have won 16 Grammys in total, including six consecutive awards for six consecutive albums. Initial predictions were highly optimistic as the highest rating launch game reviewed by Famitsu, Namco's Ridge Racer 6, scored 35 out of 40 stars. . Matsui predicts however that the Xbox 360 will likely gain momentum coming into January 2006 when new titles come out which includes Ninety-Nine Nights. The Grammys are currently broadcast on CBS. The 2-day 62,135 sales figure of the Xbox 360 is a little past half of the 123,334 units of the old Xbox that Microsoft sold in the first 3 days in Japan in February 2002. So, for example, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's album Double Fantasy was released in November, 1980, a month-and-a-half too late to qualify for the 1981 Grammys, and thus eligible for the 1982 awards (it eventually won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year). He even added information that over 60% of his readers had planned to buy the much anticipated Tecmo fighting game which is set for a December 29 release.

Unlike the Academy Awards, for which the eligibility period begins January 1, the eligibility period for the Grammys begins October 1, which results in September being considered the Christmas sales period for the music industry (in which artists generally release big albums to qualify for the next year's Grammy). For his part, Famitsu Xbox 360 editor-in-chief Munetatsu Matsui pointed to DOA4's absence as the main factor behind the slow start. Of the "big three" music awards shows, the Grammys are the highest rated. Others have also attributed this slow start to titles such as Dead or Alive 4 and Enchant Arm missing the launch date while others point to the marketing strategy that focused on selling the Xbox 360 as a fashionable item when customers were looking for an affordable or a high performance gaming console. In fact, many artists who are placed in high regard, artistically, by many fans and critics (such as Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, ) have been awarded very few Grammys. Some believe this is mainly due to the other popular and prospective video game handheld consoles like the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable, all of which have sold far more than the Xbox 360. Hence, the Grammys are not taken seriously by some musicians and music fans. [38][39].

Some feel that because Grammy voters tend to vote conservatively, and are marketed to by record companies, the most widely-recognized Grammys tend to go to either well-established artists or those being hyped by the recording industry. While other regions such as the United States or Europe enjoyed successful launches, sales in Japan have trailed the other regions, totalling 100,000 by the end of 2005. The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the more prominent Grammys are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony. [37]. The awards are named for the trophy which the winner receives - a small gilded statuette of a gramophone, handcrafted by Billings Artworks. Three North American titles (Ridge Racer 6, NBA 2K6, and NHL 2K6) were not available for the Europe launch. Like the Oscars, the Grammys, which currently have 108 categories within 30 genres of music (such as pop, gospel, and rap), are voted upon by peers - voting members of the Recording Academy - rather than being based upon popularity (as with the AMAs) or sales and chart achievements (the BMAs). [36].

However, the Grammys, usually held in February, (last of what are considered the "big three" music awards shows, including the BMA and AMA shows) are considered the approximate equivalent to the Oscars, in the music world. A total of 15 games were available for launch, including critical hits Call of Duty 2, Project Gotham Racing 3 and Perfect Dark Zero. The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, make up the rest). [34][35]. Best Contemporary World Music Album. [33] By the end of 2005, Microsoft sold 500,000 consoles in the region. Best Traditional World Music Album. [32] In turn, some retailers blamed Microsoft for failing to provide enough consoles in the Christmas period.

Best World Music Album. [31] The shortages led to some consumers criticising retailers, and others attacking Microsoft itself for failing to fill demand. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. [30] As in North America, thousands of Xbox 360 appeared on auction websites like eBay, selling for more than twice their retail price. Best Spoken Comedy Album. Microsoft confirmed that 300,000 units were available for the European launch. Best Spoken Word Album. [27], and Microsoft has revised their initial 90 day estimate down to 2.5 million units, though their 6 month sales estimate remains unchanged at 4.5 to 5.5 million consoles.[28][29].

Best Surround Sound Album. Analysts believe Microsoft will not meet the original worldwide target of 2.75-3 million units sold in the first 90 days after launch. Best Rock Album. [25][26]. Best Rock Song. By the end of 2005, Microsoft sold roughly 900,000 units. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental. [24] In Canada, all 32,100 units available for launch were sold.

Best Metal Performance. According to the NDP Group, North American sales totaled 326,000 units in November. Best Hard Rock Performance. As of January 26, 2006 at 4:59 EST, major online retailers are sold-out of both Xbox 360 packages (including Amazon.com, circuitcity.com and buy.com). Best Rock Instrumental Performance. It was reported [23] that 40,000 units appeared on eBay during the initial month of release, which would mean that 10% of the total supply was resold. Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. eBay in particular was a popular location for such offers with thousands of consoles going up for auction, some selling for many times the original retail price.

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo. The high demand for the Xbox 360 led to some owners almost immediately re-selling their console for vastly inflated prices. Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Microsoft has stated that they will look into the reports and have offered assistance reachable by phone. Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Microsoft claims that these problems are to be expected on a large scale release for a console and the number of reports versus the number of consoles released was very minimal. Best Reggae Album. [22] The manual contains warnings about not placing the Xbox 360 on soft surfaces or in enclosed spaces to avoid heating problems.

Best Rap Album. Some reported the Xbox 360 crashing with errors, some reported the hard drive does not respond in certain situations while others report error messages during various games or unusually fast overheating. Best Rap Song. Immediately after the launch, reports about the new machine's technical glitches started coming out. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. [21]. Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Peter Moore, Microsoft corporate vice president, predicts that shipments will reach 10 million units worldwide by the end of 2006.

Best Male Rap Solo Performance. This allowed them to launch several months earlier than would otherwise be possible, but also led to shortages. Best Female Rap Solo Performance. They did not, however, build up a sufficient supply of consoles to satisfy the entire demand at launch. Best Rap Solo Performance. they did not withhold produced consoles). Best Rap Performance. Evidence indicates that Microsoft launched with all consoles available at the time, and operating at maximum production capability (i.e.

Best Contemporary R&B Album. Prelaunch reports assume that Microsoft intentionally restricted supply [18], although there is no evidence to support this and Microsoft has said they are releasing all units into supply chains as quickly as possible [19] [20]. Best R&B Album. contest that offered participants a chance to win one of three hundred and sixty Xbox 360 console bundles six days before the official launch.[17]. Best R&B Song. The campaign was later revealed to be a U.S. Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. [16] This website hosted a number of images that appeared to perpetuate obscure conspiracy theories, but sometimes contained obtuse references to Xbox 360.

Best Urban/Alternative Performance. On October 13, 2005, members of the TeamXbox forums were directed to the Hex168.com website through mysterious messages posted by someone called "Lutz". Best R&B Instrumental Performance. October 2005 saw the launch of "Hex168", another viral marketing campaign commissioned by Microsoft and executed by the Marden-Kane advertising agency. Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Design for the website employs flash animation of a Bonsai tree and bland elevator music to create a serene environment that is punctuated by visually intense psychedelic episodes involving the host rabbits. Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. New contests include a Halo 2 tournament and a competition to design a "Gamertile" (an avatar icon).

Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female. The initial contest was a raffle that required participants to answer three trivia questions regarding the Xbox 360 for a chance to attend a promotional pre-launch event. Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Unveiled on September 27, 2005 the website, hosted by talking rabbits Boss and Didier offers visitors an opportunity to enter in various contests. Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. OrigenXbox360.com was the next viral marketing campaign from Microsoft. Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical. Allard.

Producer of the Year, Classical. On May 12 the ARG section of OurColony closed, visitors were instead greeted with a promotional video hosted by J. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Throughout March and April OurColony.net offered challenges to its community, rewarding solutions with cropped pictures of the console and game screenshots. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. The promotional campaign for Xbox 360 began on March 14, 2005 with the opening of an alternate reality game called OurColony. Best Engineered Recording - Special or Novel Effects. EB Games locations received the Xbox 360 kiosks in their stores just over a week prior to its release.

Best Engineered Album, Classical. In the first week of November, the Xbox 360 screen of death was reported. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. In October/November 2005, North American Target and Wal-Mart stores received kiosks to demonstrate games like Call of Duty 2 and Kameo: Elements of Power. Best Pop Instrumental Album. Microsoft claims that most of the games were running at 25-30% of full capacity because they were not running on actual systems. Best Pop Vocal Album. The demos were running on "Xbox 360 Alpha Development Kits" which were Apple PowerMac G5s, chosen due to the PowerPC processor architecture that the machine shares with the Xbox 360.

Best Contemporary Song. The system, along with some playable games, were shown off at E3 2005. Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Vocal Coloring. In the article he says "It's perfect...The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3." [13] Read more at wikiquote. Microsoft executive Robbie Bach later clarified this statement, saying "Philosophically the point Bill was trying to make is that we're not just going to ship and not have great stuff coming up."[14] Gates himself later clarified that "Halo 3 will ship when Bungie is ready." [15]. Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The Xbox 360 was also featured on the cover of Time magazine's May 23, 2005 issue with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates holding up one of the units. Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra - Primarily Not Jazz or for Dancing. The official unveiling of the system occurred on Thursday, May 12, 2005 on MTV in a program called MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed hosted by actor Elijah Wood with a musical performance by the band The Killers.

Best Performance by an Orchestra - for Dancing. See Xbox Live Arcade, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Microsoft Points. Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Points can be purchased directly through Live or via game cards sold at retails shops such as Target. Best Contemporary Performance by a Chorus. While game demos and trailers are free, full versions of games must be purchased using a system called Microsoft Points. Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. By far one of the most interesting features of the Xbox 360 Live is the capability to download arcade-style games through Xbox Live Arcade, as well as game demos and other content through Xbox Live Marketplace.

Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance - Male or Female. It offers the following selections:. Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The Xbox Game Guide is a tabbed user interface that can be accessed instantly by pressing the Guide Button on any Xbox 360 controller. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. An Xbox Live Gold account costs $49.99 USD, £39.99 Pounds Sterling, €59.99 per year (or, in the UK, a 3-month Gold membership is available for £11.99). Best Instrumental Performance. Then when the user goes to add a Xbox Live enabled profile to their console, the user just needs to provide the console with their passport account information.

Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus. To transition an Xbox Live account to the new system the user needs to link a Microsoft Passport account to their gamer tag on Xbox.com. Best Performance by a Chorus. Microsoft has allowed for previous Xbox Live subscribers to maintain their profile information, buddy lists, and games history when they make the transition to Xbox Live Gold. Best Performance by a Vocal Group. However, video conferencing was not available when the console was first released. Best Vocal Performance, Male. Xbox Live Gold has the same features as Silver plus online game playing capabilities and video conferencing.

Best Vocal Performance, Female. Microsoft has also announced there will be trial weekends for Silver members to access the full features of Gold service temporarily. Best Polka Album. Silver members are not allowed to play any games online. Best Album Notes - Classical. Xbox Live Silver is free of charge and allows users to create a profile, join on message boards, access to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade, and talk to other members. Best Album Notes. With the launch of the Xbox 360, Microsoft's online gaming service, Xbox Live went through a major upgrade adding a basic non-subscription service (Silver) to its already established premium subscription-based service (Gold).

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Microsoft has changed the content of several Xbox games when running under the 360's emulator, such as when they blocked the Halo 2 trailers from running off of later copies of Halo: Combat Evolved discs, presumably because the advertisements promoted a very different game than what ended up being released. Best Recording Package. [12]. Best Album Cover, Photography. Microsoft states that they will be adding more emulation profiles as they become available, with the intended goal of making the entire Xbox library playable on the Xbox 360. Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts. As of January 10, 2006, the Japanese Xbox site shows only 30 [11].

Best Album Cover - Other Than Classical. list includes over 200 games, fewer games are listed as backward compatible in the European markets. Best Album Cover - Classical. Although the U.S. Best Album Cover. market was released on November 11, 2005 and is maintained at Xbox.com. Best New Age Album. The list of backward-compatible games for the U.S.

Video of the Year. [10]. Best Performance Music Video. Updated emulation profiles can be obtained through Xbox Live, by burning a CD with content downloaded from Xbox.com, or by ordering an update disc from Microsoft at a small charge for shipping. Best Concept Music Video. Hard drives purchased separately or as part of the console package will include a certain number of "emulation profiles" for games, including Halo and Halo 2. Best Long Form Music Video. A hard drive is required to enable backward compatibility.

Best Short Form Music Video. Software emulation is far from perfect, as significant drops in framerate are observable in some titles.[9]. Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or Television. Some games have slightly improved draw distance, possibly due to the system's greater memory bandwidth. Best Musical Show Album. Games have minor graphical enhancements due to being rendered in 720p resolutions with Anti-Aliasing enabled. Best Salsa/Merengue Album. The Xbox 360 achieves backward compatibility through software emulation of the original Xbox hardware.

Best Merengue Album. The Playstation 3 also has impressive procedural synthesis capabilities, but the technical implementation differs significantly. Best Salsa Album. Other interesting examples of procedural synthesis are shown in various demoscene demos. Best Tejano Album. Procedural synthesis is also found outside of the Xbox 360 in the advanced freeware FPS game .kkrieger, where such techniques have reduced the size of the visually stunning game to a mere 96 kilobytes. Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album. The downside to this approach is that when part of the L2 cache is locked, there is even less data immediately available to keep the 3 symmetric cores in the Xenon CPU running at full efficiency (1 MB of shared L2 is already a rather small amount of cache for 3 symmetric cores to share, especially considering that the Xenon CPU does not support out-of-order execution to more efficiently use available clock cycles).

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album. The rationale behind this design is that procedurally generated game content can be streamed directly from CPU to GPU, without incurring additional latency by being stored in system RAM as an intermediary step. Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album. The Xenos GPU can then read directly from this locked cache space and render the procedurally generated objects. Best Latin Pop Album. When locked, a segment of cache no longer contains any prefetched instructions or data for the CPU, but is instead used as output space for the procedural synthesis thread. Best Latin Recording. The Xbox 360's architecture was designed with this approach in mind.[8] When running procedural synthesis algorithms, one of the Xenon CPU's cores may "lock" a portion of the 1 MB shared L2 cache.

Best Latin Jazz Album. Instead, a general recursive algorithm will generate the tree's model and textures, so that each tree looks different from the next, and do so with high efficiency. Best Contemporary Jazz Album. A game with only one model for a tree will appear odd, as nature is far more random; the game loses some of its immersion as a result. Best Jazz Vocal Album. For example, trees are one of the most complicated objects to render in a game, due to their organic complexity. Best Original Jazz Composition. Procedural synthesis is an approach to generating game content via algorithms.

Best Jazz Fusion Performance. A newer approach to generating content is utilised for Xbox 360 titles, a method referred to by Microsoft as procedural synthesis. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. As complexity in each rises, the demand for storage rises as well. Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group. In traditional games, all content is statically stored and generally immutable; that is, textures, meshes, and other game content is stored on a storage medium. Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. For the Xbox 360, Microsoft has drawn on recent research in computer graphics to enable a new method for game programming.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group. For example, John Carmack stated at QuakeCon 2005 that the Xbox 360 had "the best development environment" he has seen for a console. Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male. To date, some developers have endorsed XNA Studio. Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female. Microsoft believes that this will give developers more time to generate unique content and reduce time running the content process. Best Historical Album. XNA Studio will allow team members to collaborate using familiar techniques and tools, even when elements of the team are distributed geographically, an increasing trend in game development.

Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album. These tools are designed to work together to automate common development tasks and present interfaces tailored to the different functions within the team. Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album. XNA Studio will provide versions of key production tools such as asset management, defect tracking, project automation and work lists. Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Based on Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 Team System, the XNA Studio is the Visual Studio for game development; an integrated, team-based development environment tailored for game production. Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. XNA Studio will enable collaboration between content creators, programmers, management and QA staff to speed the game production process.

Best Rock Gospel Album. XNA Studio covers three areas: Content Creation, Production Processes and Game Technologies. Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. The Xbox 360 game development will be centered around the XNA Studio game development platform. Best Inspirational Performance. In March 2004, Microsoft announced a new game development software strategy dubbed "XNA", which Microsoft claims would enable game studios to cut development times by up to a third if developing across multiple Microsoft platforms, by means of tools created with the increasing difficulty of programming for a machine with three processor cores in mind. Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus. During early development the Xbox 360 was referred to as "Xenon", "Xbox 2", and "Xbox Next".

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male or Female. [7]. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male. By using a program "mceDivX360" on the PC, the Xbox 360 is able to receive streamed films which are converted to WMV format from DivX by Windows Media Encoder. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female. The Xbox 360 is able to stream movies from a PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition, although it is unable to stream movies in DivX format. Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary. Windows Media Connect allows users to stream their favorite music collection through the Xbox 360 Dashboard, and allows users to play their music via the Xbox 360 Guide in place of the game's original soundtrack.

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional. After installation the computer and the and Xbox 360 will automatically detect one other. Best Soul Gospel Performance. To connect the Xbox 360 to a computer the user will need to download Windows Media Connect. Best Gospel Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus. The Xbox 360 has the ability to connect to Windows XP based computers over a home network to stream music and pictures right to a TV. Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Male. The main dashboard is divided into 4 main sections:.

Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Female. From there, the full Dashboard can be run, exiting the current game. Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary. The Dashboard can also be accessed via the Xbox Guide button on the controller at any time to open a player specific blade. Best Gospel Performance, Traditional. The Dashboard will launch automaticially at boot if no game disc is inserted into the console. Best Gospel Performance. The Dashboard is the main interface to the Xbox 360, governed by a series of "blades" to subdivide categories.

Best Hawaiian Music Album. Due to the limited space of standard DVDs, some games made for the system may span multiple discs, although procedural generation of textures and models (as seen in the PC game .kkrieger) may reduce the need for multiple discs. Best Native American Music Album. Xbox 360 games are set to the standard 7.95GB of storage available on a dual-layer DVD. Best Contemporary Folk Album. Bill Gates has confirmed during his keynote speech at CES 2006 that an external HD-DVD drive will be released for the 360 this year.[5] However, Peter Moore has stated that if HD-DVD loses the format war, Microsoft may release an external Blu-Ray drive.[6]. Best Traditional Folk Album. [4].

Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. It has been confirmed by Yoshihiro Maruyama, Japan's chief of Xbox operations, that Microsoft will never release games for Xbox 360 in a format other than DVD. Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (previously in the "composing and arranging" field). The other supported formats are: CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R/RW, WMACD, MP3CD, and JPEG Photo CD. Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (previously in the "composing and arranging" field). A 12X DVD-ROM SATA drive, capable of reading DVD+R/RW discs and DVD-R/RW, is part of the console, with game titles shipping on single or dual-layer DVDs. Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The system bandwidth comprises:.

Best Disco Recording. The graphics processing unit (GPU) is a custom ATI R500-based "Xenos". Best Electronic/Dance Album. [3]. Best Dance Recording (previously in "Pop"). The central processing unit (CPU), named Xenon (Microsoft) or Waternoose (IBM) is a custom IBM triple-core PowerPC-based design. Best New Country & Western Artist. Specifications are also available at the official Xbox website.

Best Bluegrass Album. The price of these custom designs are around $20 with more to be released by third party manufacturers. Best Country Album. Microsoft has also distributed two promotional faceplates, one for those present at the E3 2005 unveiling and one for VIP X05 attendees. Best Country Song. The default faceplate (Xbox 360's Chrome or Core System's Chill) can be replaced with a range of custom designs, each to be sold separately. Best Country & Western Single. According to J Allard, the chief of Microsoft's Xbox division, Microsoft may sell larger capacity detachable hard drives for the Xbox 360 in the future, and territories outside of North America may have a differently sized hard drive in the retail unit.

Best Country & Western Recording. This drive will not be included in the Core System bundle at launch, and also will not be sold separately in Japan. Best Country Instrumental Performance. This content will be included on both the bundled hard drive and the stand alone product. Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. The individual drives will come pre-loaded with a promotional video about the making of the Xbox 360, the "XBOX 360 Custom Mix" (A collection of music), additional Dashboard skins, songs, additional Xbox Live Gamertag images, and Hexic HD, an Xbox Live Arcade game from Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov. Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. A hard drive is also required for the user to be able to play backward compatible Xbox games.

Best Country Performance, Duo or Group - Vocal or Instrumental. Only 13 GB of this hard drive are available to the user; the rest is reserved for the system and games. Best Male Country Vocal Performance. A detachable SATA 20 GB hard drive is used for the storage of games, music, downloaded trailers, levels, demos, player preferences, and community-created content from Xbox Live Marketplace; it may also be used to transfer such content between Xbox 360 units. Best Female Country Vocal Performance. This port replaces the two proprietary USB connectors on the front of the Xbox controller. Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices. The rear of the controller includes a port where the player can connect a headset.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). The black and white buttons have been redesigned as shoulder buttons, now referred to as bumper buttons, located above the left and right triggers. Best Instrumental Arrangement. The ring of light lights up the quadrant (on the controller as well as the console) that represents the player number assigned to that controller (starting with the top left quadrant as player one, and proceeding clockwise to player 4 in the bottom left). Best Arrangement. Pressing the Xbox guide button will bring the Xbox 360 out of sleep mode, turn the console on or off, and bring up the "Xbox Guide" for access to digital movies, music and games libraries. Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "film/TV/media" field). The Xbox 360 controller adds an Xbox guide button, which has the appearance of the Xbox 360 emblem and is surrounded by a ring of green LEDs.

Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (now in the "Film/TV/Media" field). The controller for the Xbox 360 is a similar version of the Type-S gamepad for the original Xbox. Best Instrumental Composition. The wireless controller has a battery life of up to 25 hours on the NiMH rechargeable battery pack (optional and recommended) and a recommended range of up to 30 feet (9.14 m). Best Spoken Comedy Album. The controllers have two digital Touch-sensitive trigger buttons.The rest of the buttons are not Touch-sensitive. Best Comedy Album. The wired controller has a nine foot (2.74 m) long cord with a break-away feature.

Best New Classical Artist. Since the controller has a USB cable, it is also usable in Windows PCs. Best Classical Crossover Album. Alternately it can support two wired controllers through the use of its USB ports at the front, the USB port on the back will support a third controller. Best Classical Album. The Xbox 360 has the ability to support up to four wireless controllers. Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
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Best Chamber Music Performance. This discrepancy is partially accounted for by the time needed to localize the games. Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor). Japanese customers, however, only had six titles to choose from by the time the Xbox 360 was released on December 10, 2005. Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra). The European countries had fifteen titles available for the launch date of December 2, 2005. Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra). Eighteen launch titles were available for customers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico on November 22, 2005.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with or without orchestra). For full details see Console Launch. Best Choral Performance. Without it the Xbox 360 numbers sold were less than originally anticipated. Best Opera Recording. The main reason for this may have been the delaying of Dead Or Alive 4 which remains an extremely popular Xbox 360 Japanese game. Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral. In Japan, it was received far less enthusiastically, despite the low price and bonus features.

Best Classical Vocal Performance. Many stores sold out on the first day, and as of mid-January consumers had to hunt across many stores to find one in stock. Best Orchestral Performance. The Xbox 360 has been released in North America, Puerto Rico, Europe and Japan. Best Spoken Word Album for Children. They have also stated that they may release a similar Blu-ray attachment, depending on which format (HD-DVD or Blu-ray) becomes standard, though there is currently no plan except the support for HD-DVD. Best Musical Album for Children. Microsoft plans to release an external HD-DVD attachment to play high-definition movies.

Best Album for Children. Xbox 360 is compatible with DVD movies, but not HD-DVD nor Blu-Ray. Best Contemporary Blues Album. Microsoft hopes to avoid such a predicament with its new console, the company is predicting that a greater market share and falling hardware costs will make the Xbox 360 a profitable item. Best Traditional Blues Album. Microsoft's home entertainment division posted a loss through nearly every quarter of the console's lifecycle as a result. Best Alternative Music Album. Because of these chips and the added expense of a hard drive component, Microsoft was never able to reduce the cost of manufacturing an Xbox below the break-even point.

Grammy Trustees Award. Both of these were very similar to "off the shelf" PC hardware and were therefore sold to Microsoft at inflated market prices. Grammy Tech Award. This flexibility stands in contrast to the situation faced by the original Xbox, which contained a processor from Intel (a slightly modified Pentium III) and a GPU from NVidia (a modified GeForce 3). Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, since Microsoft owns the patents or licenses thereunder for all custom hardware used in the Xbox 360, they can easily switch to new fabrication processes or change suppliers in the future in order to reduce manufacturing costs. Grammy Legend Award. The strategy of selling a console at a loss or near-loss is common in the console games industry, as console makers can usually expect to make up the investment with revenue from game licensing.

Grammy Hall of Fame. BusinessWeek magazine compiled a report which estimates that the total cost of all of the components in the "premium" bundle is $525 USD, aside from additional manufacturing costs, meaning that Microsoft is losing at least $126 on every Xbox 360 system sold in the US, and at least as much in Japan. Best New Artist. However because of the existence of a Core System edition, many games do not require a hard drive. Song of the Year. Microsoft's decision has also allowed Japanese developers to fully utilize the hard drive to optimize game performance, since it is part of the default system configuration in their market. Album of the Year. Japanese pricing of the console has drawn some criticism, as customers there will be able to purchase the Xbox 360 full package, albeit one region-coded for Japan, for a lower price than in other countries.

Record of the Year. The Xbox 360 Premium Edition is being sold in America for $399.99. 1988 - Aretha. The Core System is not available in Japan, instead Microsoft offers a package identical to the Xbox 360 SKU for ¥37,900 ($323.90 as of 21 December 05 8:09 UTC, [1]). 1986 - "Freeway of Love". In United Kingdom and Europe, the console is available in two versions: an Xbox 360 SKU, frequently referred to as the "Xbox 360 Premium Package"; and an Xbox 360 Core System SKU. 1982 - "Hold On, I'm Comin'". Microsoft's current retail strategy involves two different configurations of the Xbox 360 in most countries.

1975 - "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing". . 1974 - "Master of Eyes". Australia and New Zealand, after being delayed, have been set-back from March 2 to March 23. 1973 - Young, Gifted, and Black. It will be released February 24 in South Korea, March 16, 2006 in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan (Delayed from original March 2 launch date). 1972 - "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005 in United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, December 2 in Europe, December 10 in Japan, February 2, 2006 in Mexico and Colombia.

1971 - "Don't Play That Song". It is equipped with 512 MB of RAM and uses the DVD-ROM storage medium for Xbox 360 game software. 1970 - "Share Your Love With Me". The console hardware is based on a custom IBM PowerPC-based "Xenon" central processing unit (CPU) and a custom ATI R500-based "Xenos" graphics processing unit (GPU). 1969 - "Chain of Fools". The Xbox 360 configuration, often referred to as the "Premium Edition", includes a hard drive (required for backwards compatibility with original Xbox games), a wireless controller, a headset, an Ethernet cable, an Xbox Live silver subscription, and a component HD AV cable (which can also be used on non-HD TVs). 1968 - "Respect". In all countries except Japan the console is sold in two different configurations: the "Xbox 360" and the "Xbox 360 Core System".

1971 Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The Xbox 360 will compete amongst the upcoming generation of consoles, including the Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Revolution, and was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, a week before the E3 trade show. 1970 5th Dimension - "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In". The Xbox 360 is Microsoft's second video game console, the successor to their original Xbox. Robinson". Membership to the Xbox 360 VIP website. 1969 Simon & Garfunkel - "Mrs. One Xbox 360 Preview DVD.

1968 5th Dimension - "Up, Up and Away". One Wireless Controller. 1967 Frank Sinatra - "Strangers in the Night". Perfect Dark Zero. 1966 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - "A Taste of Honey". Xbox 360 Faceplate. Best New Age Album (2004). Friends Lists.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo (2001). Custom Playlists. Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1999). Favorites List. Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group (1998, 2000). Marketplace. Best Contemporary Jazz Performance/Album (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003). Xbox Live.

Best Instrumental Composition (1991). Initial Setup - Runs the system setup that executes the first time the Xbox 360 is used. Best Jazz Fusion Performance (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990). Computers - Manage connections to other computers over network. Network Settings - Create and manage internet connections, set up wireless connections. Memory - Manage things on the harddrive such as game saves, profiles, and downloaded content.

Family Settings - Toggle parental controls, adjust profile levels. Console Settings - Edit Xbox 360 settings such as display, audio, and language. Media Center - Activate Media Center extender. Video - Watch videos stored on the HD.

Pictures - View pictures stored on a camera, a computer or other portable devices. Music - Listen to music from the hard drive, computer or other USB-connected devices. Trailers - Watch downloaded movie/game trailers. Demos - Play downloaded game demos.

Xbox Live Arcade - Allows the user to play games they have downloaded from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Played Games - Displays a list of all the games the user has played. Achievements - Allows the user to view all of their unlocked achievements from games they have played. Xbox Live Marketplace - Download a wide variety of content such as avatars, trailers, even game demos.

Friends - Displays the user's Xbox Live friend list. Messages - View messages, friend requests or game invites sent by other Xbox Live members. Connect to Xbox Live - If offline, allows the user to connect to Xbox Live. There are several ways to utilize the custom soundtrack option: by ripping music from audio CD's, by streaming music directly from a PC, plugging in a USB Flash Drive, or by plugging in a USB-capable portable music player.

Microsoft claims all games will support custom music. 3 USB 2.0 ports. Some games will optionally support native 1080i and 480p video resolutions as well. The GPU can downsample 720p to lower display resolutions (including 480i SDTV and 480p) and dynamically crop or scale 16:9 to fit 4:3 screens.

All games must support a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a minimum of 720p HD resolution with 2x full-scene anti-aliasing enabled. DVD playback on the console has similar lockouts. Games bought for the console in a specific region can only be played in a console from the same region, though some games are region-free. The console makes use of regional lockout.

Media Center Extender capability. Support for WMV HD and progressive or interlaced DVD video playback. 45.9 cm (L) x 35.8 cm (W) x 18.3 cm (H) (22.15 x 20.15 x 13.27 in). Weight 3.5 kg (7.7 lb).

additional MPEG2 decoder for DVD video playback. Bink Video is licensed for games like Project Gotham Racing 3. VC-1 supports DVD quality and high definition quality video. VC-1 or WMV will be used for streaming video.

VC-1 at non-HD NTSC and PAL resolutions. Uses XMA codec (advanced audio technology from Microsoft). Voice communication except during games or applications that do not support voice. No voice echo to game players on the same Xbox console; voice goes only to remote consoles.

256+ audio channels. 32 bit processing. 320 independent decompression channels. Supports 48 kHz 16-bit audio.

All games support at least six channel (5.1) Dolby Digital surround sound. 1 TFLOPS theoretical peak performance of CPU and GPU combined. 115 GFLOPS theoretical peak performance for CPU. 1 GB/s southbridge bandwidth (aggregated 500 MB/s upstream and downstream).

21.6 GB/s front side bus (aggregated 10.8 GB/s upstream and downstream). 32 GB/s GPU to eDRAM bandwidth (2 GHz × 2 accesses per clock cycle on a 64 bit DDR bus). 256 GB/s eDRAM internal logic to eDRAM internal memory bandwidth. 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth (700 MHz × 2 accesses per clock cycle (one per edge) on a 128 bit bus).

512 MB 700 MHz GDDR3 (1400MHz effective) RAM (Total system memory is shared with the GPU via the unified memory architecture.). Dot product operations: 24 billion per second or 33.6 billion per second theoretical maximum when summed with CPU operations. Pixel fillrate: 16 gigasamples per second fillrate using 4X multisample anti aliasing (MSAA) or 4 gigapixel per second without multisample anti aliasing (8 ROPs x 500MHz). Texel fillrate: 8 gigatexel per second fillrate (16 textures x 500MHz).

Maximum polygon performance: 500 million triangles per second. 16 Filtered & 16 unfiltered texture samples per clock. 8 ROPs in daughter die. Shader performance: 48 billion (48,000 million) shader operations per second (96 shader operations x 500MHz).

96 Shader operations per cycle across the entire shader array. 2 Shader operations per pipe per cycle. Support for DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0, limited support for future DirectX 10 shader models. Unified shader architecture (This means that each pipeline is capable of running either pixel or vertex shaders.).

1 ALU per fragmentpipe for vertex or pixel shader processing. 3 groups of 16 arithmetic logic units. 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically-scheduled shader pipelines

    . NEC designed eDRAM has internal logic for color, alpha blending, Z/stencil buffering, and anti-aliasing.

    500 MHz 10 MB daughter embedded DRAM framebuffer (90 nm process, 90 million transistors)

      . 500 MHz parent GPU (90 nm process, 235 million transistors). 325 million transistors total. ROM storing Microsoft private encrypted keys.

      DOT products performance: 9,6 billion per second. 512 megabytes of L-2 memory bandwidth (256bit x 1600MHz). 1 MB L-2 cache (lockable by the GPU) running at half-speed (1.6 Ghz) with a 256bit bus. 128×128 register file for each VMX unit.

      One VMX-128 (IBM's branding for AltiVec) SIMD unit per core. Three symmetrical cores, each one SMT-capable and clocked at 3.2 GHz. 90 nm process, 165 million transistors. The remote controls interface with the Xbox 360 via infra-red.

      Both remotes allow basic control of games, along with being able to navigate the dashboard. The universal media remote is a bigger version of the media remote that was initially shipped with the premium version of the console. Universal Media Remote: assists in the playing of DVD movies and music (although the console can play such media without the remote) , and offers controls for a TV or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005-based PC. Headset: allows gamers to talk to each other when plugged into the controller and connected to Xbox Live, and has an in-line volume control and a mute switch.

      Using an official or third-party wireless bridge the console will automatically detect and link up with other Xbox 360 consoles that are within range and form a mesh network. Wireless Networking Adapter: The Wi-Fi (802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g) adapter is sold separately and will be sold for $100/€80/£60/C$130/¥8,925. Memory Unit: a portable 64MB device which allows the transfer of saved games, in-game achievements and unique gamer profiles to other Xbox 360 consoles. Also includes the rechargeable battery pack.

      Play and Charge kit: allows the controller to be recharged while playing. It also ships as part of the Play & Charge Kit. It is recommended in place of disposable AA batteries (which differ slightly in voltage). Rechargeable battery pack: This nickel metal hydride battery pack provides up to 30 hours of continuous gaming for the wireless controller.

      Composite video cable with SCART adapter. VGA HD AV Cable. Xbox 360 D-Terminal AV Cable (Japan only) This cable is included in the Japanese Xbox 360 System. S-Video AV Cable (U.S., Japan, and Canada only) or Xbox 360 SCART AV Cable (Europe only).

      Xbox 360 Component HD-AV Cable.

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