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Week of December 28, 2008
XIM2 360 Mod Keyboard and Mouse Support for 360
>> From engadget.com:
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Eager to use your mouse / keyboard combo on your Xbox 360? Eager enough to drop $179.95 for the privilege? If so, then you should probably know that XIM's ready and willing to oblige. The XIM 2 module, which is supposedly plug 'n play in nature, is at long last available for ordering, though it's not quite ready for shipment.
XIM2 Xbox 360
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Official Site: http://www.xim360.com
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(Saturday 03 January 2009 22:41 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Ballmer’s CES Keynote Promises To Be A Snoozer
>> From techcrunch.com:
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Ballmer is a high-energy guy who can be entertaining to watch, but Microsoft just doesn't have anything exciting to announce this year. When Ballmer takes the [CES] stage at the Venetian in Las Vegas on Wednesday night it is going to be hard for the audience to stay awake no matter how much he yells at them.

Here's what Ballmer will "announce" at CES:
* Windows 7, the successor to Vista, will officially enter public beta (you can already read about it here).
* Windows Mobile will support Flash by the end of the first quarter. (This was demoed at an Adobe conference in November).
* Two new Halo titles will be released for the xBox in 2009 (something else we know already, whoopee).
* Home networking made easy! (I'm not kidding. This Microsoft's big advance, making it easy for multiple PCs in your home to find each other and share files.).
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(Friday 02 January 2009 23:49 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox360 Leads Next-Gen Console Usage, PS2 Still Leads the Way
>> From gamasutra.com:
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In 2008, gamers collectively spent more time with their PlayStation 2 than any other console. That's according to media research company Nielsen, whose "Top Tens" of 2008 calculated video game console usage.

Nielsen's data, which actually covers the period from January through October, found that PS2 users accounted for 31.7 percent of the total time played from all nationwide gamers. The Xbox 360 was the year's second-most popular console, with 17.2 percent of the time, followed by Wii at 13.4 percent.

Interestingly, Nielsen says that the first-gen Xbox currently sees more usage than the PlayStation 3, with 9.7 percent versus 7.3 percent, respectively. The GameCube still made the surveyors' list with 4.6 percent of total time, and an "Other" category accounts for the remaining 16.2 percent.
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(Friday 02 January 2009 20:03 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Cell Chip Designer Felt 'Contaminated' by Xbox
>> From spong.com:
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The Race for a New Game Machine [book] details how Sony, Toshiba and IBM formed the Cell partnership in 2001, each committing several hundred million dollars. It was agreed that IBM would be able to sell the Cell to third-parties. Everybody gathered at IBM's Austin HQ.

Then, in 2002, Microsoft approached its old ally-cum-adversary, IBM, with a view to Big Blue creating a chip for a new game console.

This lead to what could be seen either as a comedy or a tragedy depending on your loyalty. Agreements meant that engineers within the IBM team could not share knowledge with Toshiba or Sony colleagues regarding their Xbox 360 chip design. This lead to work being hidden while simultaneously the Sony Cell was in test just below the room where the Xbox 360 internals were being put through their paces.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mr Shippy "felt 'contaminated' as he sat down with the Microsoft engineers, helping them to sketch out their architectural requirements with lessons learned from his earlier work on PlayStation".
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(Thursday 01 January 2009 18:48 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

XBMC for Xbox 2008-12-30 SVN rev16762 build - T3CH
>> T3CH released a new SVN compile (rev16762) 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:
* Due to the slowed down development in the Xbox branch, I will no longer release new SVN builds as often as I did before. So I will still build (the best) new XBMC SVN builds for Xbox but just on an irregular basis.
* Note that I removed the MediaStream skin due to its significant addition to the package.
* Check out the full changelog since the December 07th 2008 Svn Rev16491 build 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)
Downloads: Xbox Bins (n/a - built with XDK) | other platforms | sourcecode
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(Tuesday 30 December 2008 23:10 EST) - (Category: Xbox) - (Posted by:: )

iPrep 101 v008.5 Beta *update: v008.6*
>> Klutsh released a new version of iPrep 101(info) a .NET application and collection of applications for use in flashing Samsung, BenQ or Lite-On DVD drives.

What's new/fixed:
* Use of Fixed Drives (NTFS4DOS) restored.
* Ability to flash Lite-On drives 100% in DOS.
* Includes FirmTool 1.3.1 and DosFlash(info)(info) 1.7.
* Batch file generation.
* Error messages.

Official Site: http://www.x-projects.org/
Download v008.6 Beta: here
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(Tuesday 30 December 2008 22:36 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Jasper Xbox 360 Pro Consoles: No Internal MU?
>> From pdatoday.com:
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Now for the important info; the unit was ordered from Amazon on December 22nd. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Xbox 360 Pro unit I received was actually a Jasper revision. The unit did come with a Falcon revision power supply as I have read can be the case with some of the new Arcade units.
Jasper Xbox 360 Jasper Xbox 360

Items that seem to indicate this 360 Pro unit is a Jasper revision: 12.1 amp power requirement, manufacture date Nov 2 2008, proper Jasper keyed power supply input, Team: FDOU, Lot No: 0845X

Update: A few people have asked and there appears to be no added memory like the 256MB found on board the new Arcade units. The console did require an update to install NXE (New Xbox Experience).
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(Monday 29 December 2008 23:54 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

The Top 10 XNA Community Games Of 2008
>> From gamasutra.com:
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For the first time ever, a major console company has allowed hobbyists to create peer-reviewed console games, and publish them directly onto the console for worldwide download.

Here are XNPlay picks for the top XNA titles released onto the Xbox 360 in 2008, all currently available for download from the console's Community Games section:
10. Galax-E-Mail (BogTurtleStudios) - 200 Point
9. Monaco360 (Cognatus Systems) - 200 Points
8. CaveIn (Johnny Death) - 400 Points
7. Star Pilot (jsmars) - 400 Points
6. Weapon Of Choice (Mommy's Best Games) - 400 Points
5. Hexothermic (David Webb) - 200 Points
4. Duotrix (Caffeine Monster Software/Binary Zoo) - 400 Points
3. Johnny Platform's Biscuit Romp (Ishisoft) - 200 Points
2. Ultratron (Pumpkin Games/Puppy Games) - 400 Points
1. CarneyVale Showtime (Gambit) - 400 Points
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(Monday 29 December 2008 18:09 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox 360's '08 News-Makers
>> From edge-online.com:
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2008, it was predicted, was to be the beginning of the end for Microsoft. It's lead over Sony was born of an early launch and the competition fumbling its first year, some said. But with the forward-looking PS3 picking up steam, the 360 would slowly lose market share and eventually cede the year, sales-wise, to Sony.

Now however, it looks like that won't be the case, and the reason for the turn-around is also the story of the console's 2008--a series of strong management decisions and wise market reads that could give the business the strength to power through the entirety of the generation.

* HD-DVD Dies, 360 Player Goes With It - February 25
* Sony, MS, Duke it Out for GTA Supremacy - May 15
* Shane Kim Gets Promoted - June 12
* Microsoft Wrests Final Fantasy XIII Exclusivity from Sony - July 14
* Microsoft Undercuts Wii's Value Price Point - September 5
* Halo Wars Becomes Ensemble's Swan Song - September 9
* Japanese 360 Sales Get Surprising Surge - September 17
* Gears of Wars 2's 2 Million Weekend - November 12
* New Xbox Experience Launches to Success - November 19
* Xbox 360 Outsells its Predecessor - November 24
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(Monday 29 December 2008 00:04 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )


 

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