The wait is over. No more need for rumours or speculation. Microsoft has finally let the cat out of the bag and introduced the world to Xbox 360. The specs are pertty damn impressive – but if those numbers don’t mean much to you, check out the first batch of screenshots and gameplay footage. GameSpot has some pre-E3 goodness you can check out…

They’ve also got a microsite setup that should cover just about anything you’re wondering about the console. Still no hard release date, but they have confirmed that it will be available in all markets before Christmas 2005.

Exciting times! I’ll try not to post too much next week during E3 and just do a wrap-up of all the things that made me pee my pants.