Down The Assembly Line With The 360

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The Xbox 360 goes through a lengthy process from the factory to in your hands at Wal-Mart. As the WSJ says:

"It takes a global train of component suppliers, factories and distributors to turn 1,700 different parts into an Xbox 360"

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Damn! That's a lot. So what's the deal with the 360? What happens to it when it's finished being assembled and is "ready" to go? The WSJ goes through the meticulous process of what happens to the Xbox 360:

"After each Xbox 360 rolls off the line, it undergoes two hours or so of automated testing and five minutes of manual testing before being packed into a plane or a 40-foot-long ship's container. Back at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Mr. Holmdahl keeps a database chronicling the genealogy of every Xbox 360, including where it was made and shipped and exactly which parts are in it, so that any problems can be traced quickly.


The finished machines move through Hong Kong, then by boat to Chiba, Japan; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; or Long Beach, Calif. Some units reach the U.S. by air freight, landing in either Chicago or Toledo, Ohio. All U.S.-bound Xbox 360s eventually pass through a central distribution center in Memphis, Tenn., where they are packed onto trucks and trains bound for stores run by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Best Buy Co., among others."

Journey of an Xbox 360. I can see the movie now. The travels of a lone 360 unit trying to find its place in the world. It ends with the unit being given to a kid with crutches as a present on Christmas morning. Call me, Spielberg. We'll work the magic.

Getting Xbox 360 to Market [WSJ]

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