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Xbox 360 to stream Netflix movies and add Mii’s

Posted in Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on July 14th, 2008

Xbox 360 to have Netflix movie streaming built inMicrosoft announced at E3 today that along with a complete UI update coming to the Xbox 360, they will also be offering streaming movies via Netflix through the game console and Xbox Live. We had heard Netflix express interest in this partnership earlier this year and Microsoft says it will come to fruition in “late fall”. The new feature will require users to be subscribers to Netflix and manage their queue from their computer much like they do now, but will add the ability to stream and view the movies through the Xbox 360 game console. To make this even better, any Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get the service for no additional charge.

Basically this means that owners of an Xbox 360 are getting a brand new interface and all the features of a Roku box (Netflix set-top box retailing for $100) for no additional charges, aside the Live subscription fee that any true Xbox fan is paying anyway.

Microsoft confirms 60GB Xbox 360 and 20GB price cut

Posted in Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on July 13th, 2008

60GB Microsoft Xbox 360Microsoft has now confirmed a couple of rumors we had heard last week about a new 60GB Xbox 360 and a price cut for the 20GB model. Today the company made an official announcement of the release of a new Xbox 360 with a 60GB hard drive coming in early August to take advantage of the increasing number and size of games, video and music for the game console.

In the same announcement Microsoft announced that the 20GB Xbox 360 model is on its way out with a price drop to $299 while supplies last, which is $50 less than before. The Arcade version and the Elite will remain at $279 and $449 respectively.

Xbox 360 rumors flying; 60GB in, 20GB out and more

Posted in Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on July 9th, 2008

Xbox 360 rumors of new 60GB console coming, and 20GB console being phased outThe rumors are flying today about changes to the availability of hardware configurations for the Xbox 360. These rumors are due to a “leaked” company memo sent out to a few retailers making some statements and implications of changes to come.

For starters, we’ve seen fairly impressive evidence that the Xbox 360 Pro will see a price drop to $299 starting this Sunday. In addition, an email spells out some plans for later this year starting with an 60GB Xbox 360 Pro game console being introduced yet this month, and later on implying that the 20GB console will reach its “end of life” yet this year, likely replaced by this 60GB to accommodate more and bigger Xbox Live games.

Ear Force X4: Xbox 360 Surround headphones

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2008

Ear Force X4: Xbox 360 Surround headphones
Turtle Beach has a new pair of surround headphones for the Xbox 360. It’s pretty nice looking. It offers a wireless connection to the 360 and doubles as an Xbox Live communicator so you can talk smack during multiplayer games.

It delivers full Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II surround decoding, plus standard optical digital and analog stereo inputs, so you can connect to other AV sources. It will cost you $200 and it’s shipping now.

Xbox 360 price cut in Australia

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

Xbox 360 price cut in Australia
While those of us in the U.S. are still waiting patiently, Australia and New Zealand have discounted Xbox 360 pricing across the board. An update to the Aussie Xbox site shows a new starting price of $349 Australian dollars for the Xbox 360 Arcade (which sold for $399 yesterday). Interestingly, that makes it $50 cheaper than the Wii in Australia. They better secure their Kangaroos, stop wrestling with alligators and get to the store quick.

Xbox exec, Jeremy Hilton confirmed that the Xbox 360 Pro bundle has also been slashed. It’s now $499 (was $579) and the Elite is now $649 (was $729). You might think this bodes well for some price cuts here in the U.S. as well, but check out this qoute regarding their strange pricing strategy: “One of the big changes Microsoft has made is that with price drops, you’d see the US would drop, and pretty much within two weeks we would drop as well. Now, it’s very much the individual countries who manage what they feel would be best for their respective regions. In March we had a price drop in Europe, and in April we had a price drop in Asia. So we’re definitely moving away from that big global strategy.”

K-Mart circular leaks Xbox 360 price cut

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 26th, 2008

K-Mart circular leaks Xbox 360 price cut
A forum user on High-Def Digest posted a scan from next week’s K-Mart weekly circular ad and it shows a price drop of $50 on the Xbox 360 Premium. Yes, the $299 price you see still includes a 20GB hard drive.

The timing of this apparent price drop seems to sync up with whatever announcements Microsoft will have at E3. The rumors on that front include a price drop or a newer version with more storage. The scan makes no mention of price adjustments for the ‘Arcade’ or ‘Elite’ models, but we expect they will be adjusted.

Aftermarket Xbox 360 case, quiet, cool, & fat

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2008

Aftermarket Xbox 360 case, quiet, cool, & fat
Is your Xbox 360 too loud? Is it hot and just too compact for you? The Lian-Li PC-XB01 case mod will let you rest easy. The case is like a silencer for the disc drive thanks to sound-proofing foam. It also has great airflow to keep things chill via a 120mm fan or optional water cooling system.

And if you like a console that’s got some extra cushion for the button pushin’, this case is about four times the size of the 360. No pricing yet, but it should be available this August.

Portable Gaming Solutions will mod your Xbox 360 into a laptop

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2008

Portable Gaming Solutions will mod your Xbox 360 into a laptop
Let’s say you’re in love with Halo, but always on the go. There’s gotta be some way to get your game on. If only you had a convenient Xbox laptop. Ben Heck is probably to busy to make you one, but you may be in luck. For $550, a shop in Kansas called Portable Gaming Solutions says that they will convert your 360 into a suitcase-sized 15-inch laptop with keyboard and speakers.

It might be taking a chance sending your Xbox to him, but hey we all have to start somewhere. The web site has some images and videos of the mod, so it’s probably cool. We hope. Would anyone take the chance and send their console? I don’t know, but I wish him luck. It may not be the most stylish mod, but I guess it gets the job done. Check out the video below.

Xbox 360′s “avatars” aka Microsoft Miis

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2008

Xbox 360’s “avatars” aka Microsoft Miis
We first told you about Microsoft’s plans at Wii emulation back in April. Here’s some new info on their own version of Nintendo’s Miis. Xbox 360 Fanboy found the above Flash document on Intellisponse’s servers. (an online research and web-survey platform)

Is it just for survey purposes or not? I’m thinking it’s beyond the survey stage as it fits with what we’ve been hearing. That Microsoft will be rolling their Miis out by the end of the year, hopefully with their own Wii-mote that has all the bugs worked out.

Rock Band stage kit spotted

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2008

Rock Band stage kit spottedThose into Rock Band will love this news. The Rock Band Stage Kit has been spotted and it will help you more fully forget your current reality of slinging hash by day at some burger joint while crashing in your mother’s basement at night. Instead, you’ll be on stage with your band mates with lights and smoke. The crowd will be chanting your name…Oh that was your mom intruding on your other life. She wants to know when she’s going to have grandchildren. Obviously girls will have to wait. You have a gig.

The Stage Kit is available for pre-order. Looks like it comes with a 360 controller/strobe light thing and it will cost you $100 in nerd money. Available on August 15th.

Make your Xbox 360 glow neon green

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2008

Make your Xbox 360 glow neon greenXbox 360 owners can now make their Xbox glow like depleted uranium, without setting off the geiger counter. In the light of day, the XCM Pearl Glow is translucent so you can see the insides. Turn out the lights and it glows a bright X-Files green.

It replaces the case entirely. You’ll think it’s the 80′s all over again and it will let you know where your console is at all times. If this is your thing and you can’t get enough glow in the dark toys, you can find one at Extreme Mods.

Microsoft to bring Xbox 360 kiosks to hospitals

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2008

Microsoft to bring Xbox 360 kiosks to hospitals
Recently Microsoft announced a new partnership with the non-profit organization Companions in Courage, an organization dedicated to supporting families with children who are dealing with life-threatening medical conditions. As partners, Microsoft will be supplying hundreds of single Xbox 360 kiosks to children’s hospitals across the nation.

Some have already been installed at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, the Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center of Seattle and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California. The kiosks won’t just feature games, but TV shows and movies as well, plus they’ll be connected to each other with a special version of the Xbox LIVE network. That will allow kids from one hospital to interact and play games with kids from another. If you like, you can be a part of the project too. Help bring more 360 kiosks to other hospitals by visiting the Companions in Courage website at http://cic16.org and making a donation. It’s a great way to help these kids out.

Xbox 360′s new board controller

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 1st, 2008

Xbox 360’s new board controllerWhile everyone’s waiting for X-Box’s new Wii controller, another wireless controller is coming our way for the Xbox 360. The only difference is that you’ll be using your feet, not your hands. Qmotions will be developing a version of their skateboard controller for Microsoft’s game console.

The company already makes controllers for various sports games and plans to release it’s “Big Air” board for the Xbox in the second half of 2008, with more Microsoft-endorsed products to follow. I’m guessing one of those products will have the name Tont Hawk in it. Call it a wild guess.

Xbox 360′s Wiimote accessory on the way

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2008

Xbox 360’s Wiimote accessory on the wayLook who’s getting into the Wii action. Microsoft’s been working on a Wiimote type controller and it’s due to come out later this year. They actually began development way back in Summer ’07. But the process has had it’s share of problems. According to MTV news and their exclusive source, this is what it looks like.

The familiar looking Wiimote has a speaker, microphone, four LED lights, A/B/X/Y face buttons, an analog stick and an underside trigger. The Nintendo Wiimote doesn’t have a Microphone and has a D-pad instead of an analog stick. Rare is the company working on it and they reportedly are trying to come up with a “unified interface and look for the controller.” The problems are between marketers and designers. The marketers basically want a replica of Nintendo’s Wiimote so game developers will want to port Wii games onto the 360. The designers want it more feature-rich and they have an interesting description “Halo, Gears and Forza in waggle form.”

No Blu-ray player coming to the Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Darrin Olson on March 13th, 2008

Microsoft exec says the Xbox 360 will not be getting a Blu-ray playerShortly after the fall of the HD DVD format Microsoft officially announced that they were ending production of the HD DVD player for the Xbox 360 and we, along with a number of others, figured they would be jumping on board with Blu-ray in short order.

According to Microsoft exec Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for the Xbox 360, the company appears to have no plans to move in the direction of a Blu-ray player, or any high-def player for that matter, for their game console. “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience,” Greenberg said. He followed up that comment with “We’re the only console offering digital distribution of entertainment content,” which leads us to believe that Microsoft may have taken this opportunity to rid the console of physical disc media all together.