Data di lancio
approssimativa: Novembre 2005
Console di "lancio" o del cosiddetto "Day One". Tristemente famosa per il RROD (Red Rings Of Death, il cerchio rosso della morte) problema che ha colpito non poche console, portandole alla morte prematura a causa del sistema di dissipazione della GPU.
Data di lancio
approssimativa: Luglio 2007
Edizione rivista della Xenon con porta HDMI. Nessuna soluzione per il problema RROD.
Data di lancio approssimativa: Settembre 2007
Questa versione dell'Xbox 360 monta una versione diversa di dissipatore della CPU, più piccola. Essendo il problema RROD causato da un surriscaldamento della GPU la diminuzione del processo lavorativo della CPU a 65nm porta dei vantaggi
Data di lancio approssimativa: Giugno 2008
Questa versione della console è stata rilasciata dalla Microsoft come rimpiazzo per la mole di Xenon rese in garanzia a causa del RROD.
This version was released to allow Microsoft to refit the old Xenon consoles
that were returned with RROD issues with an updated version of the Falcon. The
problem with the Falcon was it had HDMI support and yet the old Xenon never had
HDMI when launched so the console case was incompatible. Microsoft had thousands
of old Xenon consoles coming in and having to be replaced with brand new
consoles while the old broken consoles just mounted up in storage. With Opus
(Falcon minus HDMI) it was to allow refurbishing of these old consoles as and
when RROD issues occurred. This reduces the number of old consoles to be
scrapped and allows the replacement of the Xenon>Opus board rather than the
entire console, thus saving Microsoft millions of £££ in not having to replace
entire consoles (case and other parts).
Launched Approx: September 2008 onwards
Power Supply: Not Known
The Jasper is the first proper attempt to combat the RROD issue by finally
having a smaller, cooler and hopefully more reliable GPU. The issue of the RROD
was the overheating and eventual disconnecting of the GPU and the Jasper should
go a long way towards making the Xbox 360 a lot more reliable with regards this
particular issue. As with all changes to the Xbox 360, Microsoft do not
announce when they start releasing the updated machines so it is a matter of
time before people start to discover it. Because of the cooler CPU and GPU and
possible further reduction in power supply, it is believed that the internal
cooling will be revised and as such will lead to a much quieter Xbox360.
Launched Approx: Late 2009
CPU: 65nm or 45nm
GPU: 65nm or 45nm
Power Supply: Unknown
Valhalla is predicted to be the final (or at least scheduled) revision of the
Xbox 360 before the next generation Xbox is launched. Apart from the
possibility of the CPU and GPU being further reduced to 45nm reducing cost of
production (which will help with price decreases in retail) it is believed that
both the GPU and CPU will share the same piece of board together. The benefits
of this (along with the reduced need for cooling systems with a much cooler
45nm chip) is that the entire internal board within the console takes up a
great deal less space (possible as much as 30% less) and as such the Valhalla
could lead to an Xbox 360 Slim version. The console having a redesign and being
far smaller in height or width. Due to the Hard Drive limitations it is believe
that it will be shortened along its long length rather than its narrower width
leading to a machine upto 30% shorter when stood upright.
With a smaller design, smaller cooling systems and lower power supply it is
believed this could be the most reliable, smallest and quietest of the Xbox 360
Finding a Jasper:
So how do you know if the Xbox 360 you're about to buy is a Jasper model or
not? Well, there's one blatantly-obvious method, and that's to open the box and
check the manufacturing date on the back of the console itself, it's shown in
YYYY-MM-DD format. It's believed that consoles manufactured on or after August
31st (2008-08-31) will feature the Jasper revision - though, this hasn't yet
been confirmed. The later the console was manufactured after this date, the
better the chance is that you may get a Jasper.
If that process seems like too much hard work, there could be another way, too.
Flip the box over, and you should find a flap with a serial number located
beneath it. The serial number will be in the format LNNNNNNYWWFF, where the Y
is thought to represent the year of manufacture, and the WW is thought to represent
the week - if the theory is to be believed. August 31st translates to week 35,
so you'd be looking for a serial number somewhere along the lines of
LNNNNNN'835'FF. This is by no means a foolproof option but it could be worthy
of consideration when making a purchase.
Hopefully this will give people an idea of what has happened and is going to
happen with the Xbox 360 and maybe people can refer to this thread whenever
anyone asks what the difference is with a Jasper and a Falcon etc without
having to explain several times