Will you buy the Kinect?

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

 





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Week of August 17, 2008
Movie and TV Show FanArt support in XBMC
>> From xbmc.org:
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Many of the latest skins for XBMC are now supporting the recently added XBMC feature that is FanArt backdrops. Skins such as Aeon, Focus, MediaStream, and even the default Project Mayhem III, all feature FanArt backdrop support. We think that FanArt really enhances the look and feel of XBMC skins, especially when combined with the not so new ability to download posters, banners, and screenshots directly from XBMC.

Our sincere thanks goes to Scott Zsori (a.k.a. szsori) of TheTVDB.com and MovieBackdrops.com for providing us with a direct API to all the data on his websites, so that getting FanArt backdrops into XBMC is now easier than ever. TheTVDB.com and MovieBackdrops.com are both user driven sites which let anyone upload and share FanArt, posters, banners, screenshots, and meta data information of their favorite TV shows and Movies. So again, thank you Scott! Our thanks also goes out to everyone who contribute artwork and information to these websites.

Team-XBMC encourage you all to visit both TheTVDB.com and MovieBackdrops.com, register to upload, and help maintain the content. Sharing your artwork with others through these websites makes it possible for people to enjoy XBMC even more.
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(Saturday 23 August 2008 17:53 EST) - (Category: Xbox) - (Posted by:: )

Japanese Xbox 360 sales fall back to Earth
>> From joystiq.com:
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Well that was fast. It seems like just last week we were reporting the bizarre news that the Xbox 360 had suddenly leapfrogged the PS3 in weekly Japanese sales, selling nearly 25,000 units on the strength of Tales of Vesperia's release. Things are back to normal this week, though, with Microsoft's system once again sitting comfortably in last place with 7,258 units sold. Don't get us wrong, this is still a relatively strong number considering the system's historically low sales and reportedly widespread supply problems in Japan.
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(Saturday 23 August 2008 01:27 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Speaking on PAX: Is Casual Killing Core Games?
>> From Andre Vrignaud's Blog:
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Just wanted to let you all know that Rob and I will be participating on a panel at PAX next weekend. The topic is whether Casual Game influences are "killing" Core Games, and we've been able to get some great panelists together for the event. They include Mark Deloura (who previously managed Sony's developer relations for Playstation and PSP), Jane Pinkard (of GameGirlAdvance fame), and of course everyone's favorite actor-geek Wil Wheaton (aka Wesley from ST:TNG and the guy who did the PAX keynote last year.) N'Gai Croal of Newsweek/Level Up fame was also planning to join us, but unfortunately can't make it due to a conflict.

The panel will occur on Saturday, August 30th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Raven Theater.

Is Casual Killing Core Games?
Are you annoyed because casual gamers and casual gaming mechanics are killing your favorite games? Are you too busy playing Puzzle Quest to care? Do you think casual gaming is finally culling the herd of outdated gaming sacred cows? Come and watch industry insiders, top press, and celebrities debate whether casual should be feared or embraced.
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(Saturday 23 August 2008 01:03 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Rumor: New 199 USD 360 SKU with motion controller?
>> From xbox360fanboy.com:
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Take it for what it's worth, but we've received a tip from a source close to Microsoft's marketing department who has shed some light on the Xbox 360 price cuts that are rumored to be going down in a few weeks time. More specifically, the $199 Xbox 360 Arcade bundle.

According to the source, Microsoft will be positioning the Arcade bundle to be in direct competition with the Wii, meaning that the marketing push behind it will focus on family friendly entertainment. With family oriented games on the packaging, the Arcade console will come packaged with the traditional Arcade goodies (512MB memory card, etc.), the new Fall update pre-loaded as well as a motion controller and a few motion controlled mini games developed by Rare. That's right, a motion controller! Supposedly, the motion controller will work with all 360 consoles and will even be sold separately, bundled with an even more expansive list of mini motion controlled games. This new $199 Xbox 360 Arcade bundle is said to release Holiday 2008.
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(Friday 22 August 2008 12:58 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

XCM Controller Shell with Rapid Fire Function
>> Not many details yet, but XCM announced they will be releasing a new Xbox360 controller shell with Rapid Fire Function:
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We will release the rapid fire gear soon, which will be the 360 controller shell and building with rapid fire function.
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(Friday 22 August 2008 00:40 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Peter Moore warns against suing file-sharers
>> From gamesindustry.biz:
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EA Sports boss Peter Moore has said he doesn't support the move to sue consumers for illegal downloading - warning, "It didn't work for the music industry."

Moore was speaking to GamesIndustry.biz at the Leipzig Games Convention, following the announcement that five games companies are taking legal action against 25,000 file-sharing internet users.
"I'm not a huge fan of trying to punish your consumer," he said. "Albeit these people have clearly stolen intellectual property, I think there are better ways of resolving this within our power as developers and publishers."

According to Moore, there are lessons to be learned from the experiences of other industries. "If we learned anything from the music business, they just don't win any friends by suing their consumers," he observed. "Speaking personally, I think our industry does not want to fall foul of what happened with music."
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(Thursday 21 August 2008 22:03 EST) - (Category: GamingGeneral) - (Posted by:: )

UK Retailers: Xbox 360 60GB Sales Appear 'Sluggish'
>> From brutalgamer.com:
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Sources from major game retailers GAME and Gamestation are reporting that sales for the latest SKU in the Xbox 360's lineup have been slower than anticipated.

A source from GAME said "the 60GB sales have been sluggish".
He added: "Microsoft expected a demand for the 60GB model but it just hasn't come yet."
A source from Gamestation also reported lower than expected sales but insisted they "are still selling ok but just not at the rate Microsoft had wanted."
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(Thursday 21 August 2008 22:00 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox and Rock the Vote to Give Voters a New Platform for Change
>> From the press release:
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A leading gaming and entertainment platform just became a leading platform for change. Microsoft Corp. and Rock the Vote today announced a groundbreaking partnership that will allow Xbox 360 owners to register to vote, participate in presidential polls and voice their opinions to the presidential candidates. It will all happen through Xbox LIVE starting Monday, Aug. 25, the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

"Xbox is a natural partner to help us reach out to youth voters," said Heather Smith, executive director, Rock the Vote. "To realize our goal of registering 2 million young Americans by this fall, we need to go where young Americans are, and there's no doubt in our minds that many are on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE."

This is the first time that Rock the Vote has joined forces with an entertainment partner such as Xbox to reach voters under 30. Xbox LIVE is the largest online social network connected to the television, with membership totaling 12 million -- if Xbox LIVE were a state, it would rank as the country's seventh largest, giving it approximately 20 electoral votes.

"The Xbox LIVE community is active, vocal and passionate," said Marc Whitten, general manager of Xbox LIVE. "We're thrilled to partner with Rock the Vote to make it easier than ever for youth voters -- and our members -- to register and be heard."

Through the Rock the Vote partnership, Xbox LIVE members will be able to register to vote, voice their opinions to the candidates through an exclusive forum and participate in potentially election-predicting polls. They will also be able to download Rock the Vote public service announcements.

Xbox also will have a presence at both the Democratic and Republican conventions, promoting the Rock the Vote partnership and educating delegates about creating a safer entertainment environment on Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE using the built-in parental controls known as Family Settings. These industry-leading settings allow parents to limit their children's access to video games and movies and manage their activity and communications on Xbox LIVE. For more information on Family Settings and other safety-enhancing gaming tools and resources, delegates can stop by the Xbox on-site kiosk or visit http://www.xbox.com/isyourfamilyset.
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(Thursday 21 August 2008 12:46 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Radio Shack Flyer: 60GB 299, Elite 399, Arcade 199usd on Sept 7th
>> This price drop was already rumored a while ago and now these leaked Radio Shack ads seems to add confirmation. From joystiq.com:
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It appears that two of the Xbox 360 SKUs will receive a $50 price drop by the week of Sept. 7, making the 60GB model $299 and the Elite $399 -- the Arcade will drop $80 to $199. A few of our retail contacts, some of whom have given us good intel in the past and who all work for separate corporations, have sent us identical information regarding a price drop.
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(Thursday 21 August 2008 12:34 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

MednafenX-NES v10
>> Madmab released a new version of MednafenX-NES(info) - a NES Emulator for XBox1.
What's new/fixed:
* Added support for video previews. Video previews must be in xmv format . Users running at 1080i need to adjust the font for the game select screen to the following:
Game Select Settings
Max Text Width: 220
Number of Lines: 10
Font Size: 20
Line Height: 32
The Xbox does not have enough CPU power to render several true type
fonts at 1080i and update the video preview. This does not apply to
480i/p or 720p.
* This is a recompiled version of the latest mednafenx with a correction to a typo in the last release that disabled the ability to load custom palettes.
* This version of mednafenx also includes the correct nes color palette. (this is enabled by default) You can always autogenerate your own palette or load your own palette. Included in this release is the old palette and the RGB palette. The RGB palette is colors that can be output by a svideo modded nes.

Official Site: n/a, by Madmab
Download: n/a (built with XDK)
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(Wednesday 20 August 2008 23:43 EST) - (Category: Xbox) - (Posted by:: )

GC08: Revised 360 Controller is 'Limited Edition', not World Wide - For Now
>> From eurogamer.net:
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Microsoft has confirmed our earlier report that it plans to release a new Xbox 360 controller with an improved d-pad on 24th October.
revised d-pad xbox 360 controller

"The new limited-edition green wireless controller offers enhancements to d-Pad functionality, which will add to the experience of playing games where the d-Pad is the primary control mechanism," Microsoft told Eurogamer.

However, the new pad is "a limited edition promotional item that is only available in Europe, Asia and Latin America while supplies last", which is likely to upset fans who feel the d-pad needs full-time replacement rather than a one-off patch for PES.
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(Wednesday 20 August 2008 12:58 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft's Xbox 360 GC08 Press Release
>> Here's Microsoft's official press release they published at the Games Convention at Leipzig, Germany:
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During this year's Games Convention at Leipzig, Germany, Xbox 360™ presented its forthcoming range of entertainment offerings. The visitors of Europe's biggest fair for PC- and video games were shown a unique range of titles, and Xbox 360 was once again able to underscore its leadership role in the field of digital entertainment.

Blockbusters for both the whole family and committed gamers - the 2008 lineup

Xbox 360 offers a broad range of entertainment. From now through to Christmas and beyond you can expect a top-class line-up of titles that offer the perfect games for everyone's taste and interests. The highlights are:
* Lips (iNis / Microsoft Game Studios): Exclusively on Xbox 360, Lips will be released in November and is the gotta-have singing party game. Players become stars with the help of the motion sensitive microphones that light up and pulsate light to the beat of the music and reward high-impact performances. Lips will come with numerous localized tracks, and loads of additional songs can be downloaded from Xbox LIVE Marketplace, with new songs by national and international artists being added on a regular basis. Lips also allows players to sing to their own music collection. Developed by Keiichi Yano of Gitaroo Man fame, Lips takes a totally new approach when developing this music game. Available for Christmas 2008
* Fable II (Lionhead Studios / Microsoft Game Studios)
Peter Molyneux' most recent opus is one of the most anticipated games of the year 2008. It will offer an unequalled level of freedom of choice and create a new gaming experience. Every decision has an immediate impact on the fate of the hero and his surrounding world. The game will be available in Europe from the 24th October.
* Too Human (Silicon Knights/ Microsoft Game Studios)
"Too Human" is an epic action game with integrated role-playing game elements, and will be available in Europe on Aug. 29 - exclusively for Xbox 360. The game features a rich storyline with deep character development, both hallmarks of Silicon Knights' legendary tradition of video game development.
* You're in the Movies (Codemasters/ Microsoft): Become a movie star with You're in the Movies: players are filmed acting out film roles, from a kung-fu fighter to a zombie using the Xbox LIVE Vision camera. You're In The Movies is the first game that allows you to become part of a movie with a different result every time. Available from November 2008.
* Scene It? Box Office Smash (Krome Studios and Screenlife/ Microsoft Games Studios): Scene It? Box Office Smash is the second Xbox 360 instalment of the popular movie quiz. Totally new questions, puzzles and many movie clips in HD quality ensure a party atmosphere. Players can compete against each other on Xbox LIVE as well, with additional quiz packages available to download. Available from November 2008.
* Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (Rare Ltd./ Microsoft Game Studios): Two of the most popular video games ever are back - exclusively on Xbox 360. From the developers at Rare comes Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, an innovative action adventure. Players are given plenty of material to design their own vehicles, and also get to choose how Banjo and his friend Kazooie overcome obstacles which come their way. Through Xbox LIVE players can compete with their vehicles and share their inventive talent.
* Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (Rare Ltd./ Microsoft Game Studios)
From early September, players can leave the boundaries of their gardens and discover the whole new world of the Piñatas. In two new regions, the arctic and the desert, new and unknown animals are hiding. Designed by Rare, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is a colourful entertainment experience for the whole family. Up to four players can create their gardens simultaneously or compete in the talent show P-Factor. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise will be released on the 5th September.
* Halo Wars (Ensemble Studios/ Microsoft Game Studio)
The Halo universe is growing. "Halo Wars," developed exclusively for Xbox 360, is a real-time strategy (RTS) game that lets players experience mankind's first encounters with the Covenant in the beginnings of the "Halo" storyline. "Halo Wars" gives players complete control of the battlefield, playing either as the UNSC or the Covenant. With the Xbox LIVE, you can see who the superior commander is through multiplayer online skirmishes supporting up to six players.
* Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North/ Rockstar Games): In autumn there will be news from Liberty City; the first episodes of GTA IV will be available for download exclusively on Xbox LIVE, underlining Xbox 360's leadership role in the field of digital entertainment.

Digital Entertainment For Your Home
* In addition to the best games of the season, Xbox 360 offers digital entertainment for everyone. The Xbox LIVE Video Store is expanding. At E3 in Los Angeles it was announced that Constantin Films is now an official partner of the Xbox LIVE Video Store in Germany. For German fans this means that besides international blockbusters, German productions in HD quality are available for the whole family. With a library full of films from the world's biggest Hollywood studios ready to download, Xbox 360 is the centre of digital entertainment in the home.
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(Wednesday 20 August 2008 12:11 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

GC08: Xbox 360 Controller with Re-engineered D-Pad?
>> From xbox360.ign.com:
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A subtly redesigned Xbox 360 controller has been spotted on the showroom floor at this year's Games Convention in Leipzig, sporting a new-feel d-pad that addresses the previously unresponsive and spongy model.

While aesthetically identical to the previous controller, the d-pad has been re-engineered to offer more instant control, with an eight way input taking place of the previous four.

It's expected to release at the same time as this year's Pro Evolution Soccer, and the re-design is thought to have been inspired by the imminent release of Street Fighter IV.
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(Wednesday 20 August 2008 12:07 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

GC08: 60GB Starter Pack coming in November 21st in EU
>> From neogaf.com:
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There is an starter pack ad on the free gc invites that xbl gold members in Germany can get.
Coming November 21st.
RRP: 79 euros.
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(Wednesday 20 August 2008 12:02 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

(Japan) Microsoft apologizes for Xbox 360 shortages
>> From andriasang.com:
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Microsoft posted a statement at the official Xbox.jp website today apologizing for Xbox 360 shortages.

Translated (unofficially) from its original Japanese, the posting reads as follows:
"Currently, due to shortages of the Xbox 360 system, the situation has arisen where the Xbox 360 hardware cannot be purchased at many retailers. This is something that resulted from many more customers than we'd expected wanting to purchase the Xbox 360 system. We sincerely apologize to customers looking into a purchase, retailers, and to our partners."
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(Wednesday 20 August 2008 12:00 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

UPDATE: Microsoft Offers Full Refund To Overcharged XBOX Live Member
>> From consumerist.com:
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XBOX Live member ForceTrainer writes in with an update about his issue with Microsoft. In our last episode, ForceTrainer has been charged $50 for 2 months of a XBOX Live gold membership-- the price of a year of service.

"I spoke with James in their escalated support for about 20 minutes. Right off the bat he explained to me what MS would be able to do, and I was offered the option of a full refund of the amount that I paid or they would provide me with a 12-month XBOX Live Gold membership code that I could redeem. I opted for the full refund since all I wanted originally was to downgrade to a Silver membership.

After getting that cleared up, James asked me to explain the entire situation to him, and I gave him the story pretty much verbatim from what I sent to the Consumerist. When I finished James apologized for the confusion that occurred, and he explained a few things including why he thinks the situation occurred:
- His first comment was that I was absolutely right that I should have received a full credit for the time paid for (vindication!).
- My case should have been escalated by default when I first spoke to billing because my request and situation were non-standard. My account was in a decline state which the billing department can handle, but since I wanted to downgrade to a Silver account while in a decline state I should have been escalated immediately.
- James believes that the major confusion occurred because my annual account was in a decline state, and that it is very rare for a billing CSR to deal see. Decline states are common with accounts paid on a monthly basis (which makes sense), and the CSR treated my annual account like it was a month-to-month. With month-to-month billing if you get declined your payment to bring your account current gets you paid for that month. Basically you're just paying for time that you've already used. However, with the annual membership, when you pay your balance there is time that is owed to you. The CSR that I spoke with just pretty much screwed this part up."
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(Tuesday 19 August 2008 21:09 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft: iPhone Xbox Live Apps Must Be Free
>> From wired.com:
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Microsoft has officially halted the distribution of all Xbox Live-related iPhone applications via Apple's App Store -- not to quell creative coding, but instead to mandate that all such programs must be offered to users free of charge.

The creators of an application dubbed "1337pwn Friends List" that allows users access to their Xbox Live Friends List via Apple's multi-function handheld revealed the news this morning, as per a recent conversation they had with Microsoft's developer relations department.
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(Tuesday 19 August 2008 19:46 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: WT and Rock Rev Instrument Compatibility
>> From the Xbox PR Blog:
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I was forwarded a link to an article on the Playstation Blog this morning that stated Sony has announced that all of the instruments in three upcoming music games (Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and Rock Revolution) will be compatible with each other.

At the bottom a Gamasutra article about the blog post it stated:
"Similar music game peripheral enforcement has yet to be enacted (or at least officially announced) on the Xbox 360 platform."

For the record, we also do that, so consider this an official announcement.
All the instruments from Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and Rock Revolution will be cross-compatible.
In other words, welcome to the party. ;)
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(Tuesday 19 August 2008 18:56 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Crytek: PS4 and Xbox '720' in 3 to 4 years
>> From eurogamer.net:
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Crytek boss Cevat Yerli reckons Microsoft and Sony will release new consoles in three or four years' time.

"The PlayStation 4 and Xbox '720' will arrive in 2011 or 2012, we think," said Yerli during the Games Convention Developer Conference in Leipzig, watched by GamesIndustry.biz.
"But this is just our estimate - we don't know. And even if Microsoft and Sony told us, I couldn't say because it would be under NDA.
"But we think in three to four years' time, although there are good reasons why it should be 2010 already...but we'll see," he added.
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(Tuesday 19 August 2008 14:28 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox 360 Blu-ray Support Edges Closer?
>> From spong.com:
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Microsoft is set to enable Windows users to burn Blu-ray discs directly from their desktop, potentially signalling a shift in attitude towards the format.

The feature will be part of the Windows Feature Pack for Storage, which is currently in beta testing. An update on Microsoft's Connect website for developers tells us, "This feature enables the Windows platform to do master style optical burning on Blu-Ray media."

The move could signal a more general shift in attitude towards Blu-ray on Microsoft's part. Indeed, it could be the first step towards the oft-rumoured addition of Blu-ray support for the Xbox 360.
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(Tuesday 19 August 2008 14:26 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

XBMC for Xbox 2008-08-19 SVN rev15026 build - T3CH
>> T3CH released a new SVN compile (rev15026) of XBMC for Xbox(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 Noteworthy/XML/Script changes:
* Team Razorfish gave me permission to bundle their excellent skin 'MediaStream', so I'm gonna start doing that now. That's also why this release is 25MB larger size than usual.
XBMC MediaStream

* AMT updated to 0.99.7, XBMC Lyrics to 1.6.0, T3CH Upgrader to 1.7

For the full changelog (all added/fixed/changed/updated stuff) since the 2008-08-12 SVN Rev14853 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 18 August 2008 23:57 EST) - (Category: Xbox) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft Charges you 50 USD for 2 Months of LIVE
>> From consumerist.com:
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XBOX Live member ForceTrainer says that after he forgot to update his credit card information, Microsoft shut down his XBOX Live account. He was fine with this, but when he tried to update his info, pay his balance, and convert his account to silver, Microsoft demanded he pay an entire year's fee to settle the two months he was delinquent.
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(Monday 18 August 2008 19:08 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

The Divnich Tapes: Xbox 360's July Disappoinment
>> From gamasutra.com:
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The biggest story this month is clearly in the hardware category, with all the major consoles posting lower than expected results. For today, we will specifically analyze the Xbox 360, as it posted one of the most disappointing results of the year.

So, why all the fuss about July's performance? Because analysts like myself expected a lot more.
Our reasoning behind it was -- at the time -- logical. Price cuts typically increase sales 20-30 percent in the short-term, but we reasoned that because this was a "temporary" offer, consumers would rush to retailers to get an Xbox 360 before inventory ran dry.

This is exactly what happened, but, in hindsight, we forgot to take into consideration a few crucial factors.

First, this was a clearance sale on only the Pro model, which means that consumers who planned to purchase the Elite model would not likely be enticed by this offer.

Those who had planned to buy an Arcade model in July, however, were likely attracted by the offer. But keep in mind that this does not add more Xbox 360 sales -- it only shifts market share between the models.

We were right when we speculated a 20-30 percent increase in short-term sales; however, we applied that to overall sales when we should have just applied it to the Pro model market share. Working it out, mathematically, adds a little more clarity.
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(Monday 18 August 2008 19:05 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

60GB Xbox 360 Reaches Australia Today
>> From palgn.com.au:
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The newly revised Xbox 360 Pro console will be hitting Australian retailers today, following on from its recent release in Europe and North America.

The price of the new Pro console won't change, with it still coming in at a recommended retail price of $499. The unit still comes with all the stuff in the old model - headset, ethernet cable, HD AV cable and, of course, a controller. The pricing of the Elite and Arcade bundles won't change either, remaining at $349 and $649 respectively.
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(Sunday 17 August 2008 21:59 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

What Happened to the Xbox 360’s IPTV?
>> From brutalgamer.com:
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Gamers first heard of the intriguing service that the Xbox 360 was going to offer all the way back in January 2007. At the time it was seen as a first for consoles and a very innovative step forward in the home console market but now Playstation have their own method for delivering television to the living room.

So just where did the console's IPTV go?
IPTV was supposed to allow Xbox 360 users the ability to watch and record television on their console, as well as simultaneously allowing recording and gaming. The service was meant to launch Fall 2007 but never materialized.

Towards the end of 2007 there was at least some help for people in the United Kingdom. British Telecom announced a partner ship with Microsoft which would see BT's Fusion television service available to 360 users who currently had a Fusion subscription. Fusion is essentially BT's anwser to TiVo or Sky+ and allows subscribers to record and view television content as well as granting access to Video-On-Demand.
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(Sunday 17 August 2008 15:33 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Cineplex big screens available to Xbox gamers
>> From cbc.ca:
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Cineplex Entertainment is renting out downtime at its theatres to video gamers looking to play their Xbox 360 titles on a giant screen.

Beginning on Friday, gamers will be able to book two-hour sessions at 29 Cineplex theatres across the country [Canada] for $179 plus taxes. Up to 12 people will be allowed into the session to play their own games, or those from a supplied library, on the theatre's giant screen with surround sound. The Xbox 360, however, can only accommodate four players at a time.
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(Sunday 17 August 2008 15:30 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )


 

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