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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.

Mad Catz Gears of War 3 audio peripherals for Xbox 360

Posted in gaming accessories by Reuben Drake on July 20th, 2011

Mad Catz, makers of all kinds of third party gaming peripherals and accessories, has just announced some new Gears of War 3 gear with some licensed GoW3 audio devices for the Microsoft Xbox 360. They intend to ship them in time for the game’s launch later this year.

They are available for pre-order now. There is the Throat Communicator, the Performance Stereo Gaming Headset and the Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headset for $29.99, $99.99 and $179.99. You gotta have the gear for Gears Of War.

Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

We’re all eagerly awaiting the release of the new Batman game Arkham City on October 21st. Hardcore fans will want this collectors edition which includes a whole bunch of special extras, like a custom Batman statue, collectible art book, early DLC access, the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack, the DC Universe animated original movie Batman: Gotham Knight and four collectible cards.

There’s also the game of course, which looks awesome and is sure to provide many hours of play. It will be available for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in October 2011.

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.

Nyko Zoom for Kinect to ship August 23

Posted in Nyko by Reuben Drake on July 11th, 2011

If you have an Xbox 360, but not much space in your room, check out Nyko’s Zoom for Kinect. It’s a clip on device that allows players to stand closer to the console, reducing the amount of space needed to play games.

Nyko now has a firm ship date and expects it in stores on August 23. The device snaps over the Kinect’s sensor and refocuses the Xbox 360 motion controller’s cameras to a closer distance. It requires no extra power. Now players can stand up to 40 percent closer to the console.

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft unveils live TV streaming for Xbox 360 from Sky TV, Foxtel and Canal

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

Looks like the recent rumors were true. Microsoft has announced a new streaming TV implementation for the Xbox 360 today. The Kinect and Bing-powered voice search which can pull in content from online sources like Hulu, Netflix and Xbox Live Marketplace, will also work with live TV from IPTV partners.

Great news for the console. Right now that list only includes Sky in the UK, Foxtel in Australia and Canal+ in France, but users there will be able to search across those services and view them directly through the console. No info on any US-based partners.

Batarang controllers to be shown at E3

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2011

Looking for some Batman inspired controllers to accompany your Batman Arkham Asylum game? These Batman: Arkham City batarang controllers are for the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers and feature bat-start and select / back buttons, dual rumble motors, comfort-soft grips, and seven switchable versions of LED color.

The PlayStation 3 version has an internal battery, detachable charging cable, and batman-themed USB RF receiver. The Xbox version is wired and not as cool. They will be on display next week at E3 and will hit store shelves when Batman: Arkham City ships in October.