Archive for Xbox 360

Xbox Getting 45+ New Apps Including Twitter

Posted in Xbox 360,Xbox One by Darrin Olson on June 4th, 2014

Twitter App on XboxMicrosoft announced on Wednesday that more than 45 new apps will be making their way to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One console, and many of them will be opened up to all users where previously a Live Gold membership was required.

Some of the apps include Vine, HBO GO, ShowTime Anytime, Comedy Central, Major League Gaming (MLG) and a customized version of Twitter designed to work with your big-screen TV. The enhanced Twitter experience allows you to see Tweets in real-time along with the show you’re watching and will integrate with the television program guide to see what shows people are tweeting about. Vine will also be integrated to watch alongside your display while gaming.

ESPN split screen on Xbox

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 31st, 2011

Sports fans will now have a special treat on the Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch an updated version of the ESPN service on Xbox Live on Aug. 25. One of the most interesting new features is a split-screen view for watching two games at once.

The pdate coincides with the college football season. Other new features include a mini guide at the bottom of the screen, and the ESPN “BottomLine” news and score ticker that we all know and love. ESPN on Xbox 360 is free to Xbox Live Gold members who connect through participating broadband providers.

Xbox 360 Media Remote

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2011

The Xbox 360 Media Remote has been announced. Media playback controls include all of the usual like play/pause, skip forward, fast forward, skip back, fast back, and display to control DVD, CD, or streamed media.

As far as TV controls, there’s power on/off, volume up/down, mute and TV input. So it’s pretty much your standard remote with some XBox flare. The menu navigation controls include A, B, X, Y buttons, D-pad navigation, back and select. It will be available for $19.99 in early November.

Avatar Kinect arrives at Xbox Live Marketplace

Posted in Xbox 360 by Reuben Drake on July 25th, 2011

Xbox 360 users will be glad to hear that the Avatar Kinect is now available as a free download from the Kinect Fun Labs section on Xbox Live Marketplace. This comes two days earlier than expected. If you have the console and a kinect, the app lets you control your avatars over the motion-sensing add-on, including facial expressions and body movements.

You can even produce your own avatar TV shows and chat between friends online. The app includes 24 virtual environments within which up to eight avatars can interact.

Xbox 360 references discovered in Windows 8 kernel

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2011

We know that Microsoft is currently working on building Xbox LIVE support into Windows 8, but it looks like the company could also be building in support for Xbox 360 games on the PC. Microsoft has already confirmed that the company plans to build Xbox LIVE into the PC and into Windows 8, but the latest rumor is that Xbox 360 games will be playable on Windows 8 PCs.

The rumors may be true if references to the Xbox 360 in Windows 8 are anything to go by. Italian site win8italia has discovered several strings that mention the Xbox 360 system inside the Windows 8 kernel. “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH” and “XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH_RESERVED” are present in ntoskrnl.exe, part of the Windows NT kernel. The strings hint at much tighter integration between Xbox 360 systems and Windows 8.

Microsoft to Release Limited Edition Star Wars 360 Console with Kinect

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2011

Here’s something that Star wars fans will love. It looks like Microsoft is prepping a limited edition R2-D2 Xbox 360 console with Kinect sensor that will launch with the forthcoming Kinect Star Wars.

The machine will likely not be droid shaped, but it will be in a blue and white paint job as well as the Kinect sensor itself. You are going to want to trade in your old XBox for this one for sure.

Gears of War 3 Vault

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2011

Calibur11 and Epic Games have a special treat for Gears of War fans. This exclusive Gears of War 3 Vault looks awesome. It will arrive in September when the game ships. This interactive case for the Xbox 360 Slim features a high-definition Bleed-Out finish, a cradle for your controller and an LED Crimson Omen which glows red when a player is downed. How cool is that?

With your purchase, you also have a chance to win a life-size “Gears of War” COG armor suit replica with the Calibur11 logo. This vault will be available at Best Buy store locations and other major online retailers in September for $89.99.

Microsoft Still Skeptical About 3D Gaming

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2011

Sony and Nintendo have embraced 3D, but Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has yet to actively support it. Xbox senior product manager David Dennis says that the company is taking a wait and see approach and you can’t really blame them.

He says that Microsoft will not implement 3D in the 360 until 3D proves its staying power and gamers demand it.

Interactive advertising coming to Kinect

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2011

Try as you might, you just can’t escape advertising. Well, if you have a Kinect, you will soon be able to make full use of both voice and motion commands to interact with ads. I can tell, you are thrilled at the prospect. NUads will apparently be on the Xbox 360 dashboard or embedded in games and other content.

Soon you’ll be able to issue voice commands to request more information about products via email or text messages and advertisers will be able to prompt you to say ‘Xbox Near Me’ and a map to the nearest retailer will be sent to your phone. You’ll also be able to do things like vote for your favorite brands / products using motion control.

Microsoft gives the Xbox 360 Slim a hardware update

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 13th, 2011

Microsoft is planning another hardware update for the Xbox 360. This new update is all under the hood and won’t affect the look of the machine very much if at all. New Xbox 360 slim consoles will come with a new System on a Chip that will put the CPU, GPU, system memory and I/O logic all on the same piece of silicon.

This should make the console quieter, allow it to have an even smaller power pack and also generate less heat. It will actually be cheaper to manufacture than the old multi-chip system, so Microsoft will make more profit on each console sold.

Gears of War 3 edition 320GB Xbox 360 available for pre-order

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 12th, 2011

Have you been drooling over that Gears Of War Xbox 360? Well Amazon on Sunday began taking pre-orders for the special edition Xbox 360. The Gears of War 3 Limited Edition features blood red artwork and even has custom startup and disc eject sounds. You also get a 320GB hard drive and a second wireless controller.

It comes with a copy of GOW3 and special downloadable content too. Fans of the game will want to get their order in early and make sure they get one.

Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel coming in October for $60

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2011

See that? This isn’t some fancy new peripheral for a game of XBox 360 Horseshoes. It’s a new Wireless Speed Wheel for $60. It will arrive in October. It’s not a full wheel, but at least it has extra green lights and directional and action buttons.

There’s also a rumble pack inside for force feedback and a pair of trigger buttons on the underside for your gas and brakes. What do you think?

Gears of War limited edition Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2011

This beautiful Xbox 360 console, with a blood-red Gears of War 3 theme, is set to launch on September 20th, with a 320GB hard drive, two matching wireless controllers, and of course a copy of the game as well as some DLC goodies.

The whole bundle will cost you $400, but if you just want those red controllers, it will cost you $60 on August 11th. This console looks good.

Xbox 360 gets cloud saving, game request beacons

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

Unveiled at an E3 keynote, Microsoft has bestowed upon us a pair of new and heavily requested Xbox Live features that will come with the update. It should now store saved game info and a full Live profile. This allows you to hop to another Xbox 360 and resume progress without having to start from scratch.

Beacons are also new and show your friends your desire to play a game. Individual titles can be marked with beacons and will show up as interested parties on Live, even when you are playing something else. This lets gamers kill time with a game or a video until friends are ready to play with each other.

Mad Catz’ exclusive Xbox 360 wireless headphones

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2011

You might remember that Mad Catz scored the exclusive rights to produce Xbox 360 wireless headphones not long ago. Well here they are here and apparently they don’t need to be tethered to your controller for voice chat or plugged into a wall to charge. The new Mad Catz Warhead 7.1 gets everything it needs from a base station connected to your console. Using USB and optical cables directly from the Xbox 360 to the tower shown above, and it will supposedly deliver enough 5.8GHz bandwidth for virtual Dolby surround sound on four pairs of headphones at once — plus wireless Xbox LIVE audio chat. Pretty awesome.

The USB base station will also give you an on-screen battery readout, and there’s a second swappable battery pack in the base station’s charger. It will be under $300 this holiday season.