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Origin PC Hybrid Liquid-Cooled Xbox 360 Gaming Computer

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on January 2nd, 2011

Among the gear set to be shown off at CES, Origin PC will be showcasing its Hybrid Liquid-Cooled Xbox 360 Gaming Computer. It’s a high-end gaming PC and also new slimmed-down Xbox 360 console that’s liquid-cooled.

This new Hybrid PC Xbox system features an Intel Core i7 930 processor overclocked to 4.9GHz, dual NVIDIA GTX480 graphics cards and 6GB of Corsair Dominator memory, overclocked to 1,600MHz. That is some serious power.

Microsoft Kinect used to teach sign language

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

The Microsoft Kinect hacks just keep on coming and the latest one looks like it might be one of the most useful Kinect hacks yet. Researchers at Georgia Tech College of computing are working on a hack for the Kinect that can be used to teach people American sign language.

This one will help teach sign language to deaf children and has a ton of potential in other ways as well. Judging by the amount of Kinect hacks we are seeing, hackers and modders are limited only by their imagination.

XIM3 is the next generation of Xbox 360 keyboard and mouse adapters

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The XIM3 adapter isn’t the first keyboard and mouse adapter for the Xbox 360 console, but XIM Technologies’ latest device could be the best solution so far. It promises to deliver an FPS experience that is very close to the PC. The XIM3 has an integrated LCD display that allows you to customize settings and choose a specific setup for any given title.

The XIM3 uses ‘Smart Translators’ to ensure there’s always 1-to-1 movement between the mouse and your target reticule on-screen. The list of supported titles is expanding, and will no doubt include all the popular titles.

Xbox 360 limited edition orange Tron controller

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2010

When it comes to Tron merchandise it has to light up and be over the top, otherwise why bother? And this latest peripheral for the 360 is just that. It’s up for pre-order now at $39.99 and is a very limited 250-unit production run.

It’s officially licensed by Microsoft and arriving later this month. A not so limited blue version should be joining it soon. Looks pretty sexy in orange though and the price isn’t bad.

Microsoft says Xbox 360 faceplates were a failure

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

Microsoft’s Albert Penello, in an interview by the British Official Xbox Magazine, admitted that although “faceplates were what everybody wanted to do” five years ago, they pretty much fell flat in terms of retail success. Fail!

So Microsoft killed them off pretty quickly. I know that I just want to play a good game myself, I could care less about dressing up my console like some doll. So, which of you guys bought these faceplates anyway?

Kinect gets the Swarovski treatment

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 15th, 2010

What could possibly be better than a tablet or smartphone covered in Swarovski crystals? Microsoft’s kinect, that’s what. At least that’s what DS Styles thinks. This Kinect will blind you before you even get to use it, then take some stills of you stumbling about.

Well, I know what Elton John is getting for Christmas. This thing matches some of his suits. If you like gaudy gadgets, this will cost you $632. You’ll be picking these cheap crystals out of your carpet for eternity as they fall out.

Xbox 360 outsells Wii in November, PS3 comes in third

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2010

The Xbox 360 outsold the Nintendo Wii in November with sales of 1.37 million Xbox 360s sold against 1.27 million Wiis. sadly for Sony, the PS3 was third with 530,000 consoles sold. However, when Nintendo’s DS hand-held is added to the equation, Nintendo sold a total of 2.7 million consoles in November.

Compared with sales this time last year, the Xbox 360 is up 67 percent while Nintendo held steady, recording 10,000 more sales this year. Sony sold 25 percent fewer PS3 consoles this November when compared to its November 2009 performance, when Sony sold nearly 200,000 more consoles.

Microsoft planning TV service for Xbox Live subscribers?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on December 3rd, 2010

Looks like Microsoft is planning to reward it’s most loyal customers. How? Word is that there may be a dedicated TV channel for Xbox Live users coming. The channel will offer brand new shows as well as old ones. It’s possible that Fox TV is involved so it might actually offer decent content.

The channel idea was apparently pitched by Peter Chernin, an ex News Corp. President. So far the subscription prices will rise by just $1 or $2. So, what do you think? Is this something you want?

Microsoft working on TV subscription service for Xbox, PCs

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Reuters has some information suggesting that Microsoft is getting ready to launch a video subscription service for the XBox 360. The details are scarce and nobody knows yet how this will work, but Microsoft has several options.

The first option is to become a virtual cable operator and charge for bundles of channels. This is a model that we all know well and one that networks are familiar with. They could also create one app per channel, similar to what Roku does. It will be interesting to see what happens with this one.

Kinect used to control Super Mario on a PC

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2010

We’ve all been waiting to see Kinect in control of a truly classic game and now you can. The same guy that recently brought us the Kinect lightsaber has a hack that lets you enjoy a game of Super Mario controlled only by your body moves.

OpenKinect was used to get the motion-sensing peripheral to communicate with his PC, while a simple NES emulator brought the game to life. Check out the video below as this guy prances around just like our favorite plumber and controls Mario’s on screen antics.

Microsoft has sold 1 million Xbox Kinects

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

In only 10 days, Microsoft has announced that they have sold a million Xbox Kinects. That’s pretty impressive sales for such a short time. This keeps them on track to reach the 5 million sales target before 2010 even ends.

After all, people are ready to start their holiday shopping. And if they reach that goal, they will start 2011 off right. The Kinect is just $149 when purchased alone, although it does come packaged with the Xbox 360 for $299 or $399, depending on how much storage space you choose.

Xbox 360 cooling mod uses the Air Conditioner

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2010

The Xbox 360 can get seriously hot during gaming and you don’t the ‘red ring of death’ showing up. So what can you do? Well, you could try cooling your Xbox 360 system using this igneous cooling device which uses an air conditioning unit and some tubing.

You just need a cardboard box, some flexible tubing and plenty of tape. It may not be pretty, but it will cool your console down so that you can concentrate on playing Black Ops.

Xbox 360 used for gaming just 60 percent of the time

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2010

According to COO of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, Dennis Durkin, the Xbox360 is being used for gaming only 60% of the time, while the remaining 40% is used for other things aside from gaming.

Users are watching streaming movies with Netflix, using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, or listening to tunes using Zune etc. Microsoft says that Xbox 360 owners spend an average of three hours online per day.

Is Microsoft planning an ESPN branded Xbox 360?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2010

We’ve seen lots of different branding on Xboxs, but it’s never been a close encounter of the ESPN kind. Well, until now. Engadget was sent this mockup of an ESPN Xbox 360, which the tipster found on a Microsoft PR server.

It could be just a failed concept, however given the fact that ESPN 3 is live on the Xbox 360 Fall 2010 Dashboard Update, it makes sense for the two companies to merge in such a way. We’ll just have to wait and see if this gets real.

Kinect selling out across the country

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2010

It looks like Microsoft’s Kinect is really paying off. Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and GameStop are all reporting that they are selling out of the Kinect hardware, though there are still some 360 bundles available apparently.

Many gamers aren’t drawn in by the family-friendly advertising, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the sales. It just went on sale a few days ago. It brings back memories of Wii shortages all over again. Things are looking great right now, however look at how quickly “Wii fever” dropped. Will the same thing happen here after initial shortages? Time will tell. But for now, Microsoft is loving it.