LAS VEGAS -- Microsoft Corp. planned to unveil its Xbox video game system Saturday, although the company finds itself in the rare position of underdog as it prepares to duke it out with veteran game makers.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates planned to unveil the black-and-lime green machine, which the company claims will offer the best graphics around, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The machine is due to roll out this fall.
"When you see the things we'll be able to do with this, you'll say, 'Oh wow,"' Robert Bach, the company's self-proclaimed chief Xbox officer, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We think we'll win in the marketplace because we're going to have great games."
The Xbox features four game controller ports, a DVD tray, and an Ethernet port for Internet access, allowing users to download new versions of software or games. It also has a built in "rumble" feature to increase gaming realism.
And with 64 megabytes of memory, an Intel 733-megahertz processor, an 8-gigabyte hard-drive, Microsoft says the machine is the most powerful of any gaming console and can deliver three times the graphics performance of its rivals.
But even with the $500 million it has committed to the Xbox, Microsoft is the new player when pitted against Sony Corp., Nintendo and Sega.
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