Will you buy the Kinect?

yes, at launch or during the holiday season
maybe later
no

 





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Week of July 13, 2008
Lips details, Lips facts and Lips love
>> From xbox360fanboy.com:
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In a sit down discussion with developer iNiS's Keiichi Yano, the chief creative officer for karaoke game Lips, Joystiq learned quite the factual load of Lips information. Informative highlights including mention that Lips will support both the Zune and iPod but will not use DRM'ed music, the microphone is in fact dongle'less, every song included will be a master track and feature the original music video and game scoring will be enabled with all custom tracks.
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(Saturday 19 July 2008 23:13 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Medals Coming to New Xbox Experience
>> From deeko.com:
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While achievement's have been around since the 360's initial launch it seems that along with the new Xbox experience will be medals. Yes, Medals are coming to the 360's dashboard update. Strangely enough no one has really caught onto this but it was slipped in a recent interview.

"The MyXbox section will give you a central location to edit personal items. From here you'll be able to add pictures, edit your profile, and view your achievements. Microsoft will also institute a new medal system so you can show off your most recent achievements. Medals are basically graphical representations of achievements, kind of like graphical badges or trophies."
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(Saturday 19 July 2008 00:29 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

8BitJoystick: Microsoft Prevented Bungie From Unveiling New Halo Game at E3
>> From 8bitjoystick.com:
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Here is the truth about what is really going on with Bungie and Microsoft at E3.

Bungie is developing a new Halo action game and since they separated from Microsoft they have licensed the Halo brand from Microsoft who is going to publish the game. Bungie had a sixty second knock'em down teaser trailer made that was going to unveil the game and it was going to be the close to Microsoft media keynote at E3. This was going to be followed up by Bungie doing their separate press event later on in the week on Wednesday to show off the new game.

Keep in mind that I am talking about a possible third Halo game in the works that is separate from Microsoft and Peter Jackson's Halo : Chronicles or Ensemble Studio's Halo Wars.

However the Microsoft executive that was in charge of their show at E3 is Don Mattrick and apparently there is some possible drama going on behind their evolving relationship with the now independent Bungie. The only person above Don Mattrick in Xbox is Robbie Bach then the chain of command goes to Steve Balmer and the board of directors. Don ordered the new Bungie Halo game to be cut from the E3 briefing at the last moment and essentially gag ordered Bungie from showing the game off that week. Don didn't want a non-Microsoft studio game to overshadow all of the Microsoft Studio developed games. He then went on to make a little quip about having an E3 breifing that was not all about Halo. This is sort of like inviting someone to the prom and leaving them at home at the last minute while they can't get another date.
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(Friday 18 July 2008 20:57 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Lite-On Expected to Ship up to 5M Xbox 360 DVD Drives in 3Q08
>> From digitimes.com:
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Lite-On IT delivered four million DVD-ROM drives used in Xbox 360 consoles in the second quarter of 2008 and the shipment volume for the third quarter is estimated to increase by 20-25% to 4.8-5.0 million units, according to component suppliers in Taiwan.
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(Friday 18 July 2008 16:05 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

More Details about 'New Xbox Experience' Game HDD Install
>> From gamespot.com:
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One of the not-so-cosmetic changes in the fall update will be the ability to let you play your games directly from the hard disk. The new feature will let users install all of the game content directly onto the hard drive to improve game load times. Microsoft reports that it has seen a 30 percent improvement in load times in internal testing. As an interesting data point, Microsoft went out of its way to tell a group of reporters that the full Devil May Cry 4 hard disk installation took roughly 10 minutes on the Xbox 360. The installation took twice as long when we conducted our own installation tests on the PlayStation 3. Another side benefit of having games installed on the hard disk is reduced noise, since the optical disc no longer needs to spin up. However, you will still need to have the game disc in your optical drive while you're playing it, presumably as a piracy check.
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(Friday 18 July 2008 14:53 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

MS Financials Show Xbox Div Profit
>> From edge-online.com (formerly next-gen.biz):
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The company's financial statement also mentioned that revenues generated from Xbox 360 and PC gaming alone for the quarter was up $234 million or 35% versus the same time last year.
Revenues for the division for the year came in $8.140 billion, compared to $6.069 billion for fiscal 2007. The division also posted a $426 million operating profit for the year, compared to the previous year's loss of $1.969 billion. According to the report, Xbox 360 and PC gaming revenue for the year was up $1.7 billion, or 41%.

According to the report, Microsoft shipped 1.3 million Xbox 360s in the three months ending June 30th; this compares to about 700,000 shipped in the same period last year. For all of fiscal 2008 the company shipped 8.7 million consoles, compared to 6.6 million the year before.
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(Friday 18 July 2008 14:16 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Penny Arcade's Take on MS', Sony's and Nintendo's E3 Press Briefings
>> What did Penny Arcade think of the "big 3" press briefings at E3 2008?
Penny Arcade E3 Press Briefings

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(Friday 18 July 2008 00:08 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xim360 - A Mouse And Keyboard Device
>> From tweak41 on forums.xbox-scene.com:
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Just wanted to let all of you in on a bit of good news from the Mouse and Keyboard on the Xbox360 world.

For those of you who may already be familiar with the XIM (Xbox Input Machine), you know that it was capable of taking the XFPS's capabilities and enhancing them 10-fold to make a usable mouse and keyboard experience with most games on the console. Since you're familiar, read below for the good news.

For those of who who don't know the XIM, read on. XIM started as an enhancement for the XFPS. Anyone who has used the XFPS regardless of which edition knows that no matter what you do it just doesn't offer the same experience. The guy behind the project, OBsIV found that it was possible with the combination of additional hardware and a special piece of software that you could create a much more accurate experience with the mouse and keyboard in games like COD4 and Halo 3. But, this experience wasn't quite as good as it could be due to the limitations in the hardware that the XIM used. So he went back to the drawing board and created a piece of hardware and new software that could deliver the experience that you've always hoped to get with a mouse and keyboard on a console, appropriately named XIM2.

So, what's the good news in all of this blabbering? The XIM2 is now being pre-ordered and will ship in 2 weeks.
Xim360 A Mouse And Keyboard Xbox 360 Device

Here's a video of it in action:
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Official Site: http://xim360.com
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(Thursday 17 July 2008 23:33 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Square Enix: Final Fantasy XIII Going Multi-Platform Is Game Changer For Biz
>> From gamasutra.com:
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Many in the industry have viewed the announcement that Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII will go multi-platform - appearing on the Xbox 360 as well as the PlayStation 3 in the West - as a crucial apex in the game hardware wars.

Therefore, Gamasutra asked Square Enix senior vice president of sales and marketing Shinji Hashimoto whether he felt that the announcement was, of sorts, a turning point for the game industry.
"More than a turning point, you could say that perhaps this is a change in trends for the game industry as a whole," he offered. "In the past, a single platform would be at the top, and the others would not be so close.
"But now each console has many users, so this has kind of dictated the way that Final Fantasy will evolve in the future, and why it's being released on multiple consoles at once."
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(Thursday 17 July 2008 22:07 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

NPD June: Wii 666.7K, PS3 405.5K, Xbox360 219.8K. Wii passed 360
>> Here are the North American hardware sales for June 2008:
Nintendo DS: 783K
Wii: 666.7K
PlayStation 3: 405.5K (MGS4-effect ;))
PSP: 337.4K
Xbox 360: 219.8K
PS2: 188.8K

This also means the Wii officially passed the Xbox360 in North America.
From bloomberg.com:
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Consumers have purchased almost 10.9 million of the players since Wii was introduced in November 2006, passing the total rung up by Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360, researcher NPD Group Inc. said today in an e-mailed statement.
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(Thursday 17 July 2008 20:34 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Don Mattrick: 'I'm claiming to have invented avatars!'
>> John Schappert, the head of Microsoft Live's entertainment and devices division, and Don Mattrick, the head of all things Xbox, were interviewed by canada.com:
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"We're not claiming to have invented avatars," Schappert said at some point, "but at the same time, it's a logical extension of our gamer card, of our gamer tag..."
Suddenly Schappert was interrupted.
"I'm claiming to have invented avatars!" Mattrick shouted.

Oh God, that Mp3 player had better be recording. Did we get that? No matter, he wasn't done, and continued talking as his co-workers chuckled with something between nervousness and outright terror.
"I did 4D Boxing! Do you know what 4D Boxing was?" he asked. "Hey, you should be writing this! That was me. Write that down: 'Don invented avatars for the industry.'"

When it was suggested by my colleague that he might have been stretching the truth, Mattrick protested.
"It's human, it's in 3D, it has a face," he said of his 4D Boxing characters. "It was a starting point. Come on, we were the first guys to do it! Then we did this other thing called the Sims (when Mattrick was with Electronic Arts), you ever hear about that? That had a few kind of 3D characters in it!"
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(Thursday 17 July 2008 19:03 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Analyst: Xbox 360 Best of Show at E3
>> From technewsworld.com:
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If any of the Big 3 platforms could be said to have "won" E3, it was Microsoft's Xbox 360, according to Yankee Group analyst Mike Goodman. The moves it made to bolster the social aspects of gaming as well as provide new entertainment channels -- not to mention the coup Xbox scored courtesy of Square Enix -- made its announcements the most compelling of the show, he said.
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(Thursday 17 July 2008 14:02 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

iPrep 101 v007.3 Beta
>> Klutsh released a new version of iPrep 101(info) a .NET application and collection of MSDOS scripts/applications for use in flashing a Samsung TS-H943A or BenQ VAD6038 DVD drives.
What's new/fixed:
* Updated Reading/Flashing of BenQ VAD6038.

Official Site: http://x-projects.org
Full NFO: xbins.org
Download: x-projects.org (x-scene mirror)
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(Wednesday 16 July 2008 20:15 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Your Existing Themes on New Xbox Experience and Guide Design
>> From the Xbox PR Blog Team:
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One of the questions we've been hearing here at E3 is how existing themes you've bought from Xbox LIVE Marketplace will work with the new Xbox experience. The design team sent over this mock up to give you an idea of how it's going to work.
New Xbox Experience Themes

We've also been asked about the Game Detail Pages. Here are mock ups for a couple of them.
New Xbox Experience Themes
New Xbox Experience Themes

Marc Whitten gave an overview of the New Xbox Experience, including a peek at the Guide design. You will be able to access every part of what exists in the "blades" today, by calling up the Guide. A quick way to get to something specific, all without leaving the game you're in. Nice.
New Xbox Experience Themes
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(Wednesday 16 July 2008 20:01 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

The Impetus Behind The New Xbox Experience
>> From gizmodo.com:
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"Why does this work in Wal-mart" Marc Whitten asked, rhetorically. He's the General Manager for Xbox LIVE and the guy in charge of the new Xbox 360 dashboard system known as The New Xbox Experience. "Visual is a better way of exploring...you're actually good at discerning things visually." And if such is the case, it makes sense why Microsoft has ditched the endless lines of icons and text in their Xbox 360 setup, opting for a minimal experience not so different from Apple's Front Row.

The current Xbox 360 dash (the blade version) has a problem. While there is plenty of functionality under the hood, the development team can't simply add a new blade any time they wanted to bring new content. Meanwhile, Xbox LIVE hopes to bring users more dynamic content on a daily basis. Something had to give, so Microsoft ditched their dashboard.
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(Wednesday 16 July 2008 18:41 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Shane Kim at E3: 'No Interest' in Adding Blu-ray to 360
>> From forbes.com:
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Shane Kim, vice president of strategy and business development for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment business, tells me that the company has "no interest" in adding Blu-Ray functionality to its console, opting instead to focus on digital distribution.

"I can categorically say that we're not working on a Blu-Ray player for Xbox 360," says Kim. "To my knowledge, we don't have any intent to do that."

Kim, though, says the company is more interested in pursuing digital distribution as a method for building its non-gaming audience.
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 23:49 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Nyko Shows New Intercooler TS at E3
>> From joystiq.com:
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Hopefully the days of the RRoD are behind us ... but just in case, Nyko has introduced its new Intercooler TS today. Unlike the old Intercooler, this new model has its own AC adapter and has a temperature sensor which activates when there's rapid change, rather than just being perpetually on and using the Xbox 360's power port. It retails for $25, and the original Intercooler will still be available for $20.
Nyko Intercooler TS
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 23:38 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Bungie E3 Project Reveal Delayed By 'Publisher'
>> Bungie's new project was planned to be released at E3, but it seems like their publisher changed the plans. From bungie.net:
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For the last several months, we've been building toward a reveal of something exciting that Bungie is working on. We were looking forward to sharing that with our fan community during the week of E3. However, those plans were just changed by our publisher.

We realize that many of our fans are disappointed by this turn of events; members of the Bungie team share that disappointment.

When the right time comes, we look forward to sharing this exciting announcement with you. Until then, we appreciate your continued support and patience.
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Note: While Bungie became an independent studio, afaik Microsoft is still their publisher.
*Update* The 'publisher' is confirmed to be Microsoft by Bungie's Luke Smith on neogaf.com. Why did MS block the announcement?
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 23:15 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Sony: MGS4 Not Coming to 360 - Only Possible on PS3
>> From mcvuk.com:
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CEO of SCEA Jack Tretton talks up PS3's power as he shoots down this week's big rumour

Following fervent speculation that Metal Gear Solid 4 would follow Final Fantasy in becoming a PlayStation-associated brand that moves onto Xbox 360, SCEA CEO Jack Tretton has argued no other console could handle the technical demands of Konami's the Konami title.

"Metal Gear Solid is not only exclusive on PS3 - it's only possible on PS3, thanks in part to Blu-Ray."
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 21:33 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

'New Xbox Experience' Dashboard In-Depth Video Walkthrough
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 16:54 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Missing in Action from the Xbox E3 Keynote?
>> From blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com:
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There were a few big things that didn't make the keynote. There still are two big shows for the rest of the year and we might see these at at Penny Arcade Expo in August or Tokyo Game Show in October.

1. Newton : The motion sensitive controller was not shown. It's still a real project that they are working on but perhaps the hardware or games were not ready to be shown

2. Halo Wars : Not only did it get pushed back to 2009 but it did not make they keynote

3. Frankie and Peter Jackson's Halo Chronicles : The Microsoft run project didn't have make a peep.

4. Alan Wake : The Microsoft game studio action horror game was completely absent. That is not a good sign.

5. Blu-Ray : I am starting to think that they might be telling the truth when they say that they have no plans to make a Blu-Ray player for the Xbox 360.

6. IPTV : Sure there was new video parters and streaming Netflix but their previously promise of digital TV via the Xbox 360 and Internet was not there.
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 14:17 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft Knows When Xbox 360 Will Hit 199 USD
>> From multiplayerblog.mtv.com:
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Microsoft has figured out when Xbox 360 will hit $199. They have it written down.

Shane Kim, former Microsoft Game Studios leader turned Microsoft corporate VP of strategy and business development, told me that $199 is the price point where consoles do the most business.
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 10:59 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Interview with Microsoft's Chris Lewis and David Gosen
>> From gamesindustry.biz:
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* Q: One of the key targets for the Xbox project has been to chip away at the platform exclusives that Sony's previously boasted, whether it's the likes of Pro Evolution Soccer, or Grand Theft Auto. Now the Metal Gear Solid franchise has ended, and the Final Fantasy XIII announcement has been made, has that process reached its logical conclusion?
* Chris Lewis: I think you're right in terms of the really significant beats in the business, though I think it would be complacent of us to say that we buttoned that up. Because it's all very well having them, but they've got to play better, the experience has got to be richer.
Take GTA for example - yes, we're genuinely pleased and excited about what we managed to achieve there on what history would frankly say is a very traditional title for Sony as opposed to us. And what we did there in terms of retail, what we're doing in terms of premium downloadable content through the Live service, we're really excited about the fact that we've been so agile in that space.
And as you say, I think you've got to have at least an equal if not a stronger position on those types of franchises. If you are slightly shorter in terms of time in the industry as we are versus Sony - because I think we forget sometimes we've only been in this business for about seven years - and certainly in terms of Europe we have a very high ambition to win in this generation. What we did with the price drop, and GTA, and other spikes in the business - you're going to see us invest in the right and appropriate way to achieve our ambition.
We'll hire the right people, we'll bring the right content, and we'll continue to invigorate the service through Live in a way that nobody else can get close to. And you've got to be at the right price - you've got to do a lot of things well, and that's good for the consumer. You've got to rely on your price, your content, your services and everything else, and I think it's a really important inflection point in the industry at the moment. This Holiday period will be key to that, but we have a low tolerance for doing anything other than winning - it's a fun thing to be involved in, I assure you.

* Q: Are the avatars a direct response to the success of Miis on the Wii platform?
* David Gosen: Well avatars go back to this concept of a social experience on a social network - as I said, 12 million members globally, and we have a very actively engaged member-base. I'll give you an example - every day three and a half million instant message texts or Live Vision events happen on Live every day. Three and a half million, every day.
So we've got a really active community already, and what we need to do is create an identity for those people. Personalisation isn't really new - we know people want to personalise their experience. Now, the avatars we've got are Xbox avatars, and they have arms, necks and legs, which other people's avatars maybe don't.
But that's just the start point. They're appearing in the game, and what you'll see us do more and more is make sure that avatars are truly integral to everything we do. It just goes back to true personalisation and creating a social network that really works and is really relevant to all people.
I was talking to some hard core gamers after the event, and they were saying that they'd use an avatar. And I'm sure that when I talk to my daughter she'll use an avatar. It's about personalising it and making it relevant.
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 10:57 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

MGS4 on 360: 'It's inevitable,' says highly-placed source
>> From videogaming247.com:
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Following last night's shock news that Final Fantasy XIII will release on Xbox 360, VG247 has been told be a very senior UK industry source that an 360 version of Metal Gear Solid 4 is "inevitable".

"There's only MGS left now: for a few months at least," said the mole. "It's inevitable. Konami knows how many million they'd sell in the US alone. If FFXIII can make it to 360 when Sony owns nine percent of Square, Metal Gear's a slam dunk."
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In similar news ... from multiplayerblog.mtv.com:
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So I asked Greenberg when Microsoft would be announcing that "Metal Gear Solid 4" would be coming to the Xbox 360. It is the only major PS3 third-party game still exclusive to Sony's system.
Greenberg laughed and said: "That's a question for Konami."
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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 10:41 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Some Videos from Microsoft's E3 2008 Press Conference
>> For those who didn't watch it live ... here are some videos of the Microsoft E3 2008 Press Conference.

First a short overview of the 'New Xbox Experience' dashboard coming this fall:

This is a short video of some of the big games coming out soon on a 360 near you: Fable 2, Gears of War 2, Guitar Hero World Tour, Rockband 2, Lips, Uno Rush, Galaga Legions, Portal: Still Alive.

And if you want to watch the full media briefing you can watch it for free on IGN (part1, part2, part3 and part4) or download just the audio from majornelson.com.

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(Tuesday 15 July 2008 00:06 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

XBMC for Xbox 2008-07-15 SVN rev14095 build - T3CH
>> T3CH released a new SVN compile (rev14095) of XBMC for Xbox (XboxMediaCenter(info)).
This T3CH-compile is a complete snapshot of what is in SVN at the time the build was compiled, with just a few small additions.

Special Notes and Added/Noteworthy/XML/Script changes:
* It's time for the final but oh so crucial FINAL VOTE in SF CCA 2008! It is really important that you vote and tell all your friends to do the same, else XBMC won't win anything (like happened back in 2007). If you like what I (T3CH) do for you, PLEASE VOTE for XBMC :) You have less than a week (Voting closes the 20th). More info in this thread.
* AMT updated to pre-0.99.6.
* I will no longer include the Win32.exe that was only meant as a skinning and python development tool. Instead I suggest you use the WIN32/SDL version based on linuxport branch. You can find more info about it here (see the sticky for download).
* added: python can now access all container type controls. only supported in windowxml scripts. (Thanks JMarshall) (backported from linux branch rev 13983)
* added: python method skinHasImage(). Returns True if the image file exists in the skin. (Backported from linux branch rev13903) exists = xbmc.skinHasImage('ButtonFocusedTexture.png')

For the full changelog (all added/fixed/changed/updated stuff) since the 2008-06-30 SVN Rev13851 build click here.

Keep in mind this is a SVN snapshot of the current development tree. It's not an official (stable) point release. Use only if you know what you are doing.

Official XBMC Site: http://xbmc.org (manual and FAQ)
Official T3CH Site: http://t3ch.yi.se (release RSS feed)
Download Binaries: n/a (built with XDK) | Download SourceCode: here
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(Monday 14 July 2008 23:36 EST) - (Category: Xbox) - (Posted by:: )

E3 2008: New Green and Red Xbox 360 Controllers
>> From uk.gear.ign.com:
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This year, green and red Xbox 360 controllers will be added to the console's selection. Priced at $64.99.
The limited edition releases will come packaged with color-matching accessories, including a Play & Charge cable and rechargeable battery pack. Release is scheduled for September 30 of this year.
Xbox 360 green controller e3 2008 Xbox 360 red controller e3 2008
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(Monday 14 July 2008 20:03 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

'New Xbox Experience' Dashboard Pictures *Update: New Guide with Blades*
>> The guys over at engadget.com posted a few pictures taken during Microsoft's E3 Press Conference showing the 'New Xbox Experience' Dashboard coming this fall to an Xbox360 near you.
New Xbox Experience
New Xbox Experience


*Update* The guys over at xboxic.com posted more screenshots of the 'New Xbox Experience' dashboard including the new Xbox 360 guide that will have blades like on the current dashboard.
New Xbox Experience New Xbox Experience
New Xbox Experience New Xbox Experience


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(Monday 14 July 2008 17:35 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Final Fantasy exclusivity clarified at Square Enix conference
>> From ps3fanboy.com:
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The announcement was heard all around the world: Final Fantasy XIII on Xbox 360? No way! Well, today's Square Enix E3 press conference clarified a few details. First: Final Fantasy XIII is still a PS3-exclusive ... at least in Japan. According to Kotaku, Square Enix exec Shinji Hashimoto told reporters: "I think you are right [in assuming that (the Xbox 360 version) is not coming out in Japan.]" It will only appear on Xbox 360 in English-speaking territories.

In addition, Final Fantasy XIII will release in Japan first -- and then will be localized for the international audience. That means Japanese gamers will enjoy FFXIII on PS3 long before the rest of the world will see it go multiplatform.
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(Monday 14 July 2008 17:21 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

More 'New Xbox Experience' Details: Play from HDD, New Display Support, ...
>> From the official Xbox PR Blog:
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When we launched Xbox 360 in November 2005, Xbox LIVE was integrated directly into the console. Back then, Xbox 360 was the first system to deliver access to experiences beyond just the disc in the tray. With the Xbox guide and dashboard you had access to everything on your console as well as your community.

We also imagined that Xbox experience would continuously improve over time, through the power of software.

Since launch, you've always pushed us to continuously innovate. It is because you spoke with one loud voice that we added new features like background downloading, 1080p support, movies and TV shows, video chat, a Marketplace blade and instant messaging.

Over time, as we've delivered more and more content into the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, we've heard from many of you that it has become increasingly difficult to find the games and content you want.

And that brings us to today.

Because of your feedback, we started rethinking the entire Xbox experience. What we discovered was that we could not only provide a better experience for you, but also something that reaches out to new audiences.

What John Schappert unveiled for the world on stage at E3 was just a sneak preview, so I wanted to share some deeper details on some of the new features in the new Xbox experience.

Here is a look at some additional features you will find interesting:
* Play from hard drive. Copy your games from the game disc and play directly from the hard drive. Not only will the drive not spin, but load times are quicker, as well. Of course, you will still need the disc in the tray to prove you own the game.
* Access Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Web. Browse and purchase Marketplace content whenever you want from Xbox.com and it downloads automatically to your console. Purchase that new map, television episode, the latest Xbox LIVE Arcade game or set up a movie to watch when you get home from work.
* Dashboard built into the new Xbox Guide. For everyone who loves the blades interface, it's not going away; they are now built directly in to the new Xbox guide. Every feature and option is available right from the guide. You can even access your full games library at all times. No matter where you are (in dash or in game), immediately call up your games played list and directly launch a game.
* LIVE Party system. Create a party of up to eight friends, and stay with them from one game to another, or watch a Netflix movie together, or share a slideshow of your personal photos. It works with all Xbox 360 titles, not just upcoming games. LIVE Party allows up to eight people to chat in the dashboard, so you can meet up before playing.
* Xbox LIVE Primetime. This whole new category of games is going to give you more reasons to get online with your friends. Games will support everything you'd expect, like Achievements and leader boards, but many of these games will include real prizes. You can invite your friends, and even set a reminder for an upcoming show. Each game is broadcast simultaneously, so everyone is answering the same questions. Many events will have a live host, calling the shots as they happen.
* Avatars. Your online identity started as a Gamertag - it then grew into a personalized Gamercard. Now, it has evolved even further into avatars. You can express your style, check out new outfits and share this with the community. Avatars will also be integrated into Xbox LIVE Arcade games, LIVE Party, as well as retail games.
* New display support. Because you asked for it, we are adding 16X10 over VGA or HDMI, and support for 1440x900 or 1680x1050.

This is only the beginning. Over the next few months, we will share more details on the upcoming changes.
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(Monday 14 July 2008 16:02 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft's Official Press Releases from the E3 Conference
>> Here are all the details from Microsoft's Press Conference in Press Release Form. It's a lot of data so I'll just post the links here:

* Xbox 360 Unveils Gameplay for Every Passion
"Microsoft showcases groundbreaking approach to game shows; 'Final Fantasy XIII' to be available on Xbox 360 at launch in North America and Europe."

* New Xbox Experiences Reinvent Home Entertainment, and Everyone Is Invited
"Xbox 360 promises best and broadest entertainment lineup ever; more fun, social and simple-to-use experience."

* Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE
"Exclusive agreement creates game-changing home entertainment experience; more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available to watch instantly at no additional cost to paying subscribers."

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(Monday 14 July 2008 15:54 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

MS's E3 2008 Conf.: FF XIII coming to 360, New Dash in Fall, Lips, NetFlix
>> Here's our live blogging from Microsoft's E3 2008 Press Conference:
* Microsoft will show videos of Fallout 3, Resident Evil 5, Fable 2 and Gears of War 2. These games are expected to represent over half a billion dollars in sales.
* Fallout 3 demoed live by the game director from Bethesda Softworks.
* Resident Evil 5 demoed by game producer (in japanese, live translated). There will be exclusive 360 and Games For Windows downloadable content. Will be released March 13th 2009, worldwide!
* Fable2 demo. Game is finished. Will have co-op over live. It's coming out in October 2008.
* GoW2 trailer now. Cliff Bleszinski on stage showing a new level. There will be a new 5player co-op mode called "Horde" where teams fight waves of increasingly difficult Locust enemies. Coming November 7th 2008, worldwide, exclusively on Xbox360.
* According to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers forecast, people will spend an estimated $48 billion on video games worldwide this year.
* Last year, Xbox360's 3rd party game sales outpaced the Wii and PS3 combined. Xbox 360 is leading the market with the largest installment base in the US (NPD)
* 1y ago 6M people were connected, today more than 12M! A new member joins every 5 seconds.
* More than 1 billion USD has been spent on the LIVE network.
* NBC/Universal content is coming to the Video marketplace starting today.
* Also 2 new partners for Europe: MGM International and Constantin.
* After a system update ... the 360 boots with a complete new dashboard ... called the 'New Xbox Experience'. It's an entirely new interface, coming this fall.
* The new look and feel is "more fun, more social, and simpler to use".
* The "My Xbox" channel: quick access to everything you have on your console (photos, videos, music and games).
* The 'New Xbox Experience' will have avatars like those leaked some time ago. You can fully customize your avatar.
* The "community" channel: You can create a LIVE Party, and have up to 8 friends chat, share and interact.
* Xbox LIVE Primetime: coming this fall. Partnership with Endemol: 1 vs 100 MMGS (Massive Multiplayer Game Show).
* "Games" channel: showing off UNO RUSH ... a new game. Other new XBLA games: Geometry Wars 2 (coming only to XBLA next month), Pac-Man World Championship Edition, Galaga Legions (Galaga sequel), South Park game.
* New Portal game ('Portal: Still Alive') from Valve coming as '2008 exclusive' to XBLA with brand-new levels and achievements.
* The Xbox Live Community Games will be launched in the fall as part of the 'New Xbox Experience'
* New partner: Netflix (as leaked some time ago)! Subscribers instantly watch more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes and they can even share 'em with their LIVE Party. If you're an Netflix AND Xbox LIVE subscriber, you can enjoy the Netflix library at no additional cost with your 360.
* Shane Kim shows trailers of Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata 2. Also announcing 'SceneIt: Box Office Smash' and 'You're In the Movies'.
* 3.5M songs are downloaded from LIVE every month for music games - accounts for 80% of all downloaded songs on all platforms.
* kai Huang (Red Octane) talks about Guitar Hero World Tour. 85 songs on disc.
* Keiichi Yano of iNiS on stage presenting 'Lips' (leaked some time ago remember). First game that lets you sing from your own music collection (zune, ipod, ...). Has wireless and motion sensitive microphones. Duffy on stage to demo the game.
* CEO of Harmonix present Rock Band 2 ... timed exclusive on Xbox 360 this september. 84 songs on disc. New songs: song of new Axl Rose album, Shackler's Revenge, Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue", AC/DC. Those tracks are forward-compatible with Rock Band 2.
* CEO of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada on stage! w00t!
* Coming to Xbox 360 from Square Enix: "Infinite Undiscovery" (first as 360 exclusive on september 2nd in the US, september 5th in Europe and september 11th in Japan), "Star Ocean: The Last Hope" (spring 2009) and "The Last Remnant" (coming this fall (November 20th?) on 360 'first'). New trailer of "The Last Remnant" and announcement it's also coming for Games for Windows.
* Microsoft's Don Mattrick was wrapping up the Press Conference... but Wada just interrupted him. OMG lol.
* BAM! Xbox 360 scores Final Fantasy XIII ... heh. Not exclusive but afaik together with the PS3 version (at least in USA and Europe ... kinda strange it didn't mention Japan).
* Done.

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(Monday 14 July 2008 13:37 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Amazon US Slashes 50usd Off Xbox360 Elite
>> Amazon.com (US) slashed the price of the $449.99 Elite system to $399.99. This doesn't seem to be a Microsoft price cut (they would have announced it with the Pro 20GB price drop (or clearance sale if you prefer) yesterday) but probably a special/limited promotion from the online retailer. But then again, who knows what Microsoft will announced later today at their E3 Press Conference (10:30am PT).

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(Monday 14 July 2008 10:18 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft: No European Xbox 360 Price Cut or New Model
>> From spong.com:
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Microsoft has told SPOnG that the changes to its hardware offering in North America will not be reflected in the UK.

SPOnG was told by a representative:
"The 60GB Xbox 360 and the 20GB clearance sale are for the US only. We have not announced any changes in Xbox 360 offerings or pricing in Europe."
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(Monday 14 July 2008 09:25 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Press Release: 60gb Xbox 360 and 20gb Price Drop
>> From the press release:
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Microsoft is giving consumers more gigabytes for their buck. The company today announced an Xbox 360 console with triple the storage space of the original console, but for the same price of $349 (U.S.) estimated retail price.

Available in retail stores in the U.S. and Canada starting in early August, the upgraded Xbox 360 will include a 60GB hard drive for storing the growing wealth of digital entertainment available for the console, including music, movies, television shows, and game content. In addition, Microsoft today dropped the price of its 20GB Xbox 360 console in the U.S. and Canada to just $299 (U.S.) (ERP) while supplies last, a savings of $50.

"We know consumers need more and more space to store the amazing digital content Xbox 360 offers, and we're giving it to them at no extra charge," said Albert Penello, Xbox director of product management at Microsoft. "No one device offers the depth and breadth of entertainment that Xbox 360 can deliver, and now you'll have three times the storage to manage all that great content."

Xbox 360 is just one of three Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment systems Microsoft offers. Microsoft's Xbox 360 Arcade, which comes with a 256MB memory unit and five Xbox LIVE Arcade games, is a value for the whole family for $279 (U.S.) (ERP), and the premium Xbox 360 Elite console is available with a 120GB hard drive for $449 (U.S.) (ERP).

Out of the box, the Xbox 360 console is ready to provide an incredible gaming and entertainment experience:

* Xbox 360 console: The console is equipped with a cool white finish and three powerful core processors capable of producing the best in high definition (HD) entertainment (up to 1080p for gaming), 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio, anti-aliasing for smooth textures, full surround sound, and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) output.
* 60GB Hard Drive: The 60GB detachable hard drive allows you to save your games and store television shows, movies, music, pictures, trailers, levels, demos, and other content available from Xbox LIVE Marketplace, the premier one-stop digital download center for entertainment.
* Upscaling DVD Player: With an HDMI cable (sold separately), watch your favorite DVDs in near high-definition using the upscaling capabilities of Xbox 360.
* Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: This award-winning, high-performance wireless controller features the Xbox Guide Button for quick, in-game access to friends and music. It has a range of up to 30 feet and a battery life of up to 30 hours on two AA batteries.
* Xbox 360 Headset: The headset lets friends and family around the world chat while playing games, watching movies, or sending voice messages on Xbox LIVE.
* Xbox LIVE Silver Membership: For no additional cost, Xbox 360 owners can chat with friends online, collect Achievements to improve their Gamerscores, send and receive voice and text messages, and access Xbox LIVE Marketplace content such as game demos, and purchase or rent HD movies and TV shows, as well as the best in downloadable games from Xbox LIVE Arcade. (Broadband Internet access required.)
* One-month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold: An Xbox LIVE Gold Membership provides a complete online entertainment experience. Those who subscribe to this premium service can engage in competitive online multiplayer matches, tailor their matchmaking via feedback and accomplishments, and chat with an entire group of friends at a time.
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(Sunday 13 July 2008 20:05 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )


 

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