This article will be an introduction for you, to the wonderful world of Microsoft's Xbox console. I'm going to post more tutorials here at some later date.
But it already has an OS?
An Xbox does not have an OS per se. The Xbox's firmware consists of its NT-based kernel and the 'dashboard', which, as far as the kernel is concerned, is just a fancy type of game.
Length: approximately 32cm Width: approximately 10cm Height: approximately 26cm Mass: approximately 3.86 kg CPU: Custom 733 MHz Intel Pentium III "Coppermine-based" processor Memory: 64 MB of DDR SDRAM @ 200 MHz Storage: 8 or 10 GB internal Hard Drive (Formatted to 8 GB with allotted system reserve and MS Dash), 8 MB memory card Connectivity: 10/100 Mbit ethernet Resolutions: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i
The Xbox Development unit is the version used by game developers. It has twice the RAM of the retail console, and adds SCSI, USB and RS232 ports to help with debugging. To accommodate these extra ports, an expansion board was added on top of the hard drive mount, making the console about 2cm taller.
Potentially, an Xbox can be targeted as an implementation platform for new Operating Systems, or other technological enhancement/tampering. However, such a thing is still in its infant stage.