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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect bundle dropping to $299.99?

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

The image above is from the Video Game section of Target’s online storefront announcing “free shipping” on a $299.99 Xbox 360 250GB console with Kinect bundle. Pretty sweet. But if you click you’ll find the regular $399.99 price tag.

So it looks like retailers are getting ready for price drops on the 250GB Kinect bundle before E3. Either that or it could just be a mistake? We should know soon either way. Our money is on a price drop.

Splitfish FragFX Shark for Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 24th, 2011

Splitfish is bringing its PC and PS3 mouse controller to the Xbox. However this version needs a wired Xbox 360 gamepad to act as an intermediary between itself and the console. Seems an odd design choice. The wired controller plugs into the Shark’s wireless USB dongle, while the “fragchuck” and mouse are completely free of wires.

It doesn’t sound like a setup that I would want to deal with but if you want to give it a try, it will be available in late August.

Some Xbox 360s not reading discs: Microsoft to give owners a new system, year of XBL

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2011

Looks like Sony isn’t the only gaming giant having problems. Microsoft’s new disc format will allow for an extra 1GB of storage space for new games and hopefully stop piracy, but there is a problem. It looks like some consoles contain drives that can’t read the new XGD3 discs. Opps.

The email pictured above has been confirmed as real by the Xbox Support Twitter account, but now it’s responding to inquiries by saying that the replacements are in response to a previous update and not the upcoming one that has been in beta.

Hulu Plus, Kinect updates for Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on April 14th, 2011

Thanks to the guys over at Joystiq, we have some screenshots that show Hulu Plus on the Xbox 360. There’s also an image of the Kinect Hub with Hulu and Netflix. The Hulu and Avatar Kinect apps are said to be “fully functional,” with good tracking of movements, according to the source. The Hulu interface looks like the Xbox Dashboard, with a rotating layer of categories and selectable content.

We don’t know whether Hulu Plus will be added to the current public beta test of the next Dashboard update, but we hope so. It looks pretty good in pictures.

55% of Xbox 360 users download games

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2011

The number of Xbox 360 users who download games is on the rise. 55 per cent of all Xbox 360 users bought at least one downloadable game last year. That number is up from 43 per cent in 2009. Also according to data from market research firm EEDAR, 50 per cent of PlayStation 3 users and 43 per cent of Wii users are down loading games.

Those PS3 numbers are up from 42 per cent in 2009, with the Wii numbers up from 37 per cent. So yes, it looks like downloading digitally is on the rise. Should Gamestop be worried? Probably not yet, but they must be keeping a sharp eye on these figures.

New Xbox hardware rumored in 2015

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

This generation of consoles is pretty long-lived. It’s taking awhile before a new model is released. But the time is drawing near. Now, an online portfolio of a team member of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business Design Group has said that a new Xbox is scheduled for a 2015 release.

They have already started work on it this month. If this is true, then it means that the Xbox 360 will be a decade old when the new model arrives. We know that Microsoft was recently searching for engineers who are willing to work on its next-generation console.

Kinect is the fastest selling consumer electronics device of all time

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

No surprises here. We knew that the Kinect has been a complete success. Since it was released last year, the motion control device for the Xbox 360 has been flying off of store shelves like crazy. Now it looks like the Kinect has set a new world record too.

In the first 60 days it was on sale, it sold an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in those 2 months alone. And these figures were units that left the store and went home with customers. Not the shipments that were sent to retail stores. It’s amazing when you think about it. The Kinect beat the iPhone and iPad for the equivalent periods after launch. These numbers for the Kinect will be in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition book that will be available early next year.

Is Microsoft working on the Xbox 720?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2011

Microsoft may be working on the next generation Xbox, which we might as well call the Xbox 720. This speculation comes from some recently posted some job listings on Linkedin for what seems to be Microsoft’s next generation console.

There are listings for an Audio/Video Hardware Architect, an Audio Architect and a Graphics Architect and the listings reference ‘next generation’ consoles, so this isn’t wild speculation. We have no idea when we might see a new console, but at least they are working on it.

Razer Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headphones for Xbox 360 and PC

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2011

Razer has some new headphones that will work with the Xbox 360 and the PC. They are called the Chimaera and are available in two styles. A standard stereo version and a 5.1 surround sound version.

Both are wireless and use rechargeable batteries. The Stereo version uses 2.4GHz wireless technology and the 5.1 version uses 5.8GHz. Both also feature a mic that can be flipped up and out of the way. Sound is handled with large 50mm neodymium drivers.

Marvel Versus Fighting Pad

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2011

PDP, a company known for all kinds of gaming gear, has unveiled the Marvel Versus Fighting Pad. It’s a wired joypad with micro-switches for the thumb stick and six front-facing buttons. Hopefully it will improve your game.

It will be available on February 14 for $40. They only have an Xbox 360 model planned right now, but if it sells well, they will be offering a PS3 version. That artwork you see is an actual panel from a Marvel comic.

Mad Catz gets exclusive rights to Xbox 360 wireless headphones

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Mad Catz, the well known manufacturers of all kinds of video game accessories has just struck a deal with Microsoft for exclusive rights to produce wireless gaming headphones for the Xbox 360.

The Mad Catz headsets will feature Dolby 5.1 technology, but other than that we have no details. We do know that we can expect these headsets in stores this holiday season. Mad Catz should do very well with this exclusive deal. Maybe next they will corner the wireless PS3 headset market.

N-Control Avenger Xbox 360 controller attachment now shipping

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2011

Fancy making your Xbox 360 controller look like a Borg? The attachment gives your Xbox controller a complete overhaul and it is now shipping. It’s basically a shell full of levers that wraps around the gamepad to provide simultaneous control over a bunch of inputs at once.

With this, you won’t need to take your thumbs off the analog sticks to swap weapons or reload etc. It will cost you $39.99 and might improve your game.

Evil Controllers calls February Girl-Gamer Month, intros Modded Pink Xbox Controllers

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

They are plenty of girl gamers out there, but they don’t always get recognition. Well, they do now. Evil Controllers has the labeled February Girl Gaming Month and they will be releasing a girl-gamer-friendly controller and bundle.

The new modded controllers are pink, but still bad-ass enough to kick your butt in COD. In February, a Pink Camo controller will be available as well as a Girl Gamer Evil Bundle. The bundle will include the Pink Camo controller with a basic Auto burst mod that can be upgraded; a tank top released from Evil vs. Evil; an extra pair of Evil Sticks; and Evil’s signature keychain. Prices range from $79.99 to $154.99.

Razer Onza available for Pre-Order

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 22nd, 2011

The Razer Onza controller for the Xbox 360 comes in two versions, a Tournament edition and the standard edition. Both controllers have the same basic features: a precision D-pad, enhanced ergonomics, two programmable buttons, and a 15-foot long braided cable. The standard version features a textured surface for better grip while the Tournament edition has a rubberized body to give you a good grip.

The main difference is that the Tournament edition features adjustable resistance on both analog sticks for the best precision. The tournament edition is so in demand that it is already sold out for pre-order at $49.99, but you can still get the standard version for $39.99.

Avatar Kinect Xbox feature to be unveiled at CES?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

We don’t have much info on this one, but an apparent snapshot from Microsoft has surfaced with the name Avatar Kinect displayed on it. While we don’t yet know exactly what that means, you can be pretty sure it translates to you awkwardly moving your body to play something while your avatar does the same.

However, Winrumors is claiming that there will be a separate channel for this arriving in an Xbox Live software update. Sounds plausible enough. Microsoft’s CES keynote is tomorrow, so we should find out pretty quickly.