Will you buy the Kinect?

yes, at launch or during the holiday season
maybe later
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Week of January 3, 2010
Final Burn Legends v1.3
>> Nes6502 released a new version of Final burn Legends for Xbox1.
What's new/fixed:
* Fixed controls for:
Mega Man - the power battle
Mega Man 2 - the power fighters

Official Site: n/a, by Nes6502
Download: n/a (built with XDK)
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(Saturday 09 January 2010 16:22 EST) - (Category: Xbox) - (Posted by:: )

There's no need for a new Xbox, says Microsoft
>> From guardian.co.uk:
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We all know that the games business goes in cycles and that a new generation of consoles always comes along to replace whatever is popular today. In fact, we should now be talking about the Xbox 720, Sony PlayStation 4 and Wii II, or whatever they might be called, because game developers need a couple of years to create new games to exploit the new hardware capabilities that justify the launch of a new generation. But we aren't, and Microsoft doesn't want us to.

"I think it's important to say that the Xbox 360 is the console of the long future for us. There is no need to launch a new console, because we're able to give this console new life either with software upgrades or hardware upgrades like Project Natal," said David Hufford, senior director of Xbox product management in a briefing at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "The Xbox 360 was designed for a long life, and I don't even know if we're at the midpoint yet."
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(Saturday 09 January 2010 02:55 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xecuter LT Switch - Enhanced Version
>> From team-xecuter.com:
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A few days ago we announced that we had designed a simple circuit to enable full firmware read/write on all versions of Liteon drive up to the very latest 93450.

The response was unprecedented - especially from installers who were given generous wholesale discounts by all of our resellers.

After reading an enormous amount of feedback we made some extra changes to the design in time for shipping to resellers next week:
* Redesigned circuit to give a cleaner filter when switching to Vendor mode. No more read errors !
* Enlarged solder points to give an easier flow to the Liteon PCB points - Noob friendly !
* Added Read/Write Mode LED (RED)
* Added Normal 360 Mode LED (Green)
* Upgrade the switch to a stronger more robust model
* Changed location of LED so they can be viewed when Liteon PCB is installed to its case
* Slight improvement to the PCB shape so it sits firmly and accurately in place when soldering.
Xecuter LT Switch Xecuter LT Switch
Xecuter LT Switch Xecuter LT Switch
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(Friday 08 January 2010 14:50 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

QuickBoot v1.1
>> FreeXeX released a new version of QuickBoot.
What's new/fixed:
* Added Support for making Games on Demand containers
* Added Support for all 3 USB slots. When you specify "usb:\" as the path it will now scan up to 3 usb drives looking for the file.
* Added Debug logging, this will create a debug.log on the root of ubs0 if an error is encountered
* Reduced file size of generated container from 804KB to 284KB

About QuickBoot:
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QuickBoot allows you to build "short cut" LIVE containers that will allow you to launch applications directly from NXE.

The three main advantages of this are:
* Saves time by loading the application directly, rather than having to use XexLoader to browse the file tree and find the executable.
* Bypasses the 4GB size limit on live containers as you're not actually storing the application data in the live container, merely making a shortcut to it.
* Allows you to load applications off of external hard drives etc. straight from NXE.
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Official Site: http://freexex.xboxapps.org
Full readme/nfo: xbins.org
Download: n/a (contains files built with XDK)
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(Thursday 07 January 2010 23:33 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Natal consumes 15 per cent of Xbox CPU power
>> Techradar.com posted more details about how much power the 'chipless' Natal will consume:
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"Natal has to work on the existing hardware without taking too much hardware processing away from the games developers," Kipman [Natal's lead developer] noted, adding that Natal consumes between 10 to 15 per cent of the Xbox's computing power.

"When we train this 'brain' we are telling it: this is the head, this is the shoulder. And we're doing that over millions of frames," adds Kipman. "When it sees a new image it can tell you the probability it's seeing a certain body part based on that historical information."

This is how the a 50MB Natal software can recognize up to 31 different parts of the body in any video frame, running up to 30 frames per second (the hardware, that is, not the game you are playing).
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(Thursday 07 January 2010 23:15 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Razer Launches Two Xbox 360 Gaming Accessories
>> From dailytech.com:
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As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gets under way in Las Vegas, peripheral maker Razer announced it has made several gaming accessories for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console. The Razer Onza "professional gaming controller" for the Xbox 360 is a controller that includes adjustable tension on analog sticks, two multi-function buttons, and unique customization for gamers.

The controller is available with a $49.99 MSRP.

Razer also announced the Chimaera gaming headset which provides 5.1 Channel surround sound, comfortable, adjustable sizing, and a microphone for voice chat. Razer is promoting the headset as one of the few Xbox 360 headsets providing full stereo-grade sound, with most third-party headsets offering lower sound quality.

The Razer Chimaera headset has a $129.99 MSRP.
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(Thursday 07 January 2010 23:04 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Final Burn Legends v1.2
>> Nes6502 released a new version of Final burn Legends for Xbox1.
What's new/fixed:
* Added Final Fight Bootleg. This is a great hack that lets you play as the boss characters.
* Fixed item controls for Dungeons and Dragons Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mysteria.
* Included config files for Lost and Forgotten Worlds that fixes 2P controls. Overwrite the existing D:\congig\games\ ini files with the ones provided.
* Added option to the GUI to generate all the tools. This will generate the screenshot.bat, a ROM list, a game list, and all the dat files for verifying games. They are written to the D:\tools folder. The only new game added is ffightb.zip so I am not including new dat files. If you need them, they can now be generated.

Official Site: n/a, by Nes6502
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(Thursday 07 January 2010 15:16 EST) - (Category: Xbox) - (Posted by:: )

Microsoft drops internal Natal chip
>> From gamesindustry.biz:
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GamesIndustry.biz has learned that Microsoft has dropped a chip from its forthcoming Natal motion control system as the platform holder eyes accessible price points in the build-up to release later this year.

The chip, which was responsible for processing information for the Natal's 'bone system,' has been removed in favour of a software solution.

However, development sources have indicated to GamesIndustry.biz that the change doesn't have an effect on the existing system lag of about 100ms, while a software solution should enable Microsoft to update the system more quickly and regularly than a hardware solution, meanwhile hitting a previously-speculated price point of sub-USD 50/GBP 50 - although this price rumour has already been scotched by Microsoft's Neil Thompson.

The load previously handled by the chip now falls on one of the main three Xenon processors.

The removal of the chip almost guarantees that non-Natal games won't be patched to include motion control support, a point previously outlined by Microsoft Game Studios' Kudo Tsunoda.
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(Thursday 07 January 2010 12:27 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

XeXLoader v0.26 - Game On Demand package
>> "Rumor" has it that the current version of XeXLoader v0.26 is now available as a "Game On Demand" package which will make it show up in the 360 Games menu.
Njoy ;)

Official Site: n/a, package by ?, XeXLoader by FreeXeX
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(Thursday 07 January 2010 01:01 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Official CES 2010 Xbox News
>> From majornelson.com:
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With CES 2010 officially underway, Microsoft kicked off the show with their annual Keynote tonight. During the keynote, some Xbox 360 news was announced. Allow me to sum it up for you:

We now have over 39 million Xbox 360's around the world. Since launch, over 500 million games have been sold generating 20-Billion dollars in sales.

Between Christmas and New Years, Xbox LIVE experienced it's busiest weeks ever, welcoming a new member every second and recording over 2.2. million concurrent members online.

This Spring, the first Modern Warfare 2 content packs will be available exclusively first on Xbox LIVE.

Later this Spring, 'Game Room' will come to Xbox LIVE. This is a destination for the classic arcade games. You can buy once and play on both your Xbox 260 and Windows PC. A new game will be released every week. You'll be able to invite friends through Xbox LIVE and share your custom arcade and show off your personal collection.

Project Natal is coming this Holiday 2010
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(Wednesday 06 January 2010 23:15 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

2010 Natal launch and Xbox Game Room leaked in CES interview
>> From engadget.com:
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Purportedly, a leaked interview showed Robbie Bach, President of the Entertainment & Devices Division, talking up two things of utmost importance. The first of which is Project Natal, which is Redmond's attempt to add full-body interaction to the game console. The news? It's looking like 2010 really will be the year said product hits the shelves, and it's seeming more and more likely that the well-known Natal moniker will stick for retail. The other bit is a so-called Xbox Game Room, which is "supposed to bring back that retro fun to gaming." That's fairly ambiguous, but we can't say that our interest isn't piqued.
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(Wednesday 06 January 2010 21:53 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

XBReboot v0.05 8955_3 for Jasper 256/512mb
>> A version of XBReboot with the latest patches which solves the freezing/lagging issues and removes the need to patch the media-flag in XEX files has now been released for Big Block (256/512mb) Jasper motherboards.. Check this news for more details about what's new in the _3 patches.

XBReboot is an image you can flash on your onboard NAND that will allow you to 'reboot' a JTAG-exploitable (pre mid-June 2009 MFR date AND pre-8xxx kernel) 360 in a patched 8955 kernel which makes homebrew XDK (unsigned XEXs etc) possible.

Official Site: n/a, by ?
Download: n/a (might be illegal under DMCA/EUCD)
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(Tuesday 05 January 2010 15:51 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xecuter LT Switch Easy Switch For Liteon 94850, 83850 and 93450 DVD Drives
>> From team-xecuter.com:
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After a great deal of requests we have designed a simple switch for all the Liteon drives that enables firmware full read/write. We have also included an On/OFF Led to show correction operation when switching to 072 vendor mode.
Xecuter LT Switch - Easy Switch For Liteon

The installation is very simple and takes about 60 seconds if you have some small experience with a soldering iron. It has been tested with the original DOSFLASH methods and also the new Jungle Flasher 0.1.69. All Liteon drive version have been tested with 100% Success. There is no need to remove the LT Switch after it has been installed - simply switch to normal mode.

On Sale Now 4.95 / $7.95
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(Tuesday 05 January 2010 15:41 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

CES preview: Xbox Natal Details?
>> From seattletimes.nwsource.com:
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Las Vegas always seems like it's in another dimension, but this week it will be even more so when the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show takes place.

More than 20,000 new products will be shown by 2,500 companies starting Thursday.

Microsoft's "Project Natal" motion controller for the Xbox 360 is likely to be one of the belles of the ball, especially if Ballmer reveals pricing and launch details -- and demonstrates the system on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton. Sony's also likely to provide more details about its new motion-tracking input system for the PlayStation 3.
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(Monday 04 January 2010 22:02 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Waves Patcher v1.2.5
>> A new updated version of 'Waves Patcher' has been released over at gx-mod.com. It now comes with multi-language support in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

This tool allows you to patch your games with a different wave version, which can be useful for people with older firmwares that doesn't have support for the newer waves.
This is of course NOT LIVE safe at all - but you shouldn't be connecting a FW-modded 360 on LIVE anyway.

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(Monday 04 January 2010 21:07 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )


 

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