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Xbox 360 accessories unveiled

Microsoft shows off wrappings for its console and games; unveils the accessory lineup planned for the next-generation console.

At the Xbox Summit 2005 in Japan, Microsoft showed off its first mock-up of the Xbox 360's retail packaging: a simple white and green box that matched the console's colour scheme.

The side of the Xbox 360's packaging listed the accessories that will be included with the console: a hard drive, wireless controller, Xbox Live, headset, and Ethernet cable. No cables for hooking up to a monitor were listed.

The packaging for the console's games was shown as well. It was a standard-size, plastic DVD case. The Xbox 360's controller was also on display, and it had a comfortable grip akin to Nintendo's GameCube controller. The alignments of the analog sticks and directional pad also resembled the GameCube controller.

Microsoft also showed off auxiliary accessories that will be available for purchase separately from the console. They include:

  • Wireless Controller - The 360 comes standard with one wireless controller. Additional controllers are sold separately.
  • Wired Controller - Wireless controllers can sometimes run into interference from outside sources.
  • Memory Unit - Xbox 360's memory unit comes with a plastic case to protect your saved data from harm.
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack - Additional batteries are available for the wireless controller.
  • Play and Charge Unit - This accessory lets you play with your wireless controller hooked to the Xbox 360 while also recharging it.
  • Quick Charge Unit - As the name may suggest, this accessory lets you charge your controller's battery quickly.
  • Wireless Network Adapter - This adapter is an antenna unit that can be plugged into the Xbox 360's USB port for wireless connection to the Internet (wireless LAN). It is compatible with IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11c.
  • Hard Drive - Additional hard drives will be officially available from Microsoft.
  • Remote Control - A remote control is available for accessing the Xbox 360's various functions.
  • Headset - Additional headsets will be offered for the Xbox 360.
  • Faceplates - As Microsoft announced during its initial Xbox 360 unveiling, the console's faceplates can be switched around to give it different looks.
  • VGA HD Cable - If you want to play with HD graphics, this is the cable that you'll need.
  • Component AV Cable - For players that want to use component AV.
  • S-Video AV Cable - For players that want to play with an S-video output.

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