The folks over at InsiderX have gotten the scoop on an upcoming Xbox 360 bundle hitting Aussie shelves on September 15 which looks real decent.
This is dubbed the Limited Edition Halo Reach bundle, sporting not only the Halo Reach game title, but a LCE silver Halo Reach themed console, two LCE silver Halo Reach wireless controllers, a headset and a 250GB hard drive.
Another nice touch that was mentioned is when you first turn the console on, it makes a Halo-themed sound and also the shield power-up sound is made when you press Eject.
Price? Microsoft are looking to launch it at $549RRP.
I have long said that I will not play shooters on a console because I don't like playing with a controller. I prefer to control my games with a mouse and keyboard. You might recall that a while back Microsoft was talking about a new system that would let Windows and Xbox 360 gamers play head to head.
I have often wondered what happened to that plan after such along time with no word from Microsoft. Raul Sood from Voodoo PC claims that he hears that the reason it was cancelled is that console gamers were massively powned by their PC brethren.
Kinect is the talk of the town for Xbox 360 owners and families looking to enhance their in-home entertainment experience. As many of you would have seen, it was demonstrated at E3 not very long ago and since then it's been confirmed it'll be hitting the U.S. market on November 4.
However, while us aussies haven't been told by Microsoft's Aus Xbox division what date exactly it will hit shelves down under, they have said it will be available 'around Christmas time'. It will go on sale locally for $199 which includes one supporting game title, Kinect Adventures.
Microsoft has made the rumored $149 USD price tag official in an announcement today. Rumors had the price swirling anywhere from $80 to $200, but this announcement solidifies the price for all the preorder jumpers out there.
An Xbox 360 bundle with the Kinect, Xbox 360, and Kinect Adventures game will be available for $299. This Xbox 360 will be replacing the original Arcade console; sporting 4GB of Flash memory and a matte finish to differentiate the console from the glossy new Xbox 360 unit. All other specs will remain the same including the front and back USB ports, a Kinect-specific I/O port, and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The new Microsoft Kinect motion controller system is rolling around the country for demos to lure gamers and families into buying the new accessory for their Xbox. The Kinect system turns your body into the controller and looks very interesting.
The Kinect system lands in retail stores on November 4 and if you want to play it before the launch, the Kinect Experience mobile tour will be making its way around the country over the next 14 weeks. There are tons of stops hitting many major US cities.
If you're not lucky enough to live near one of the four Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and still want to give Xbox 360's Kinect a try before you buy it, you might just be in luck. The Kinect Experience Mobile Demo Tour is about to hit the road and may be coming to a city near you during the next 14 weeks.
Between my brother and I, we had all of the major game systems at one time or another growing up. We really liked the original Nintendo, the SNES, and the Sega Genesis. If you still have games and controllers lying around from those systems, the RetroN 3 is for you.
The RetroN 3 is a game console that can play cartridges from all three of those old systems and has ports to let you use the original controllers for gaming. The system also ships with a pair of wireless controls.
NASA has announced the first game to come from its Learning Technologies project and marks a proof of concept for NASA. NASA is using the game to show how it can use a 3D game to inspire, educate and engage.
The concept of the game is that the player is an astronaut living on the moon. A meteor strike damages life support and cuts the flow of oxygen to the settlement.
The game has players trying to repair the damage to life support while trying to command the lunar rover, mobile repair units, and use resources wisely. The game was built using the Epic Unreal Engine 3. You can download the game free on Steam right now.
If you are tired of the plain old black PS3 Slim, a new version is coming in a different color and with larger HDDs. The new color will be white and the thing has a white game controller as well.
You might expect that the new white version will land in Japan to start with, and it is. The new white console will come with a 160GB or a 320GB HDD. Those new drive capacities will replace the current 120GB and 250GB versions.
Gamers around the world are addicted to WoW and spend untold hours playing the game each day. If you are a huge fan of the game, you will be glad to hear that the closed beta for the next expansion pack has started.
The next expansion is called Cataclysm and Blizzard has started issuing invites to gamers to be part of the beta. Invites will be sent to a wide range of players with Battle.net accounts.
If you have been waiting for the update for the PS3 to go live that brings with it access to the new PlayStation Plus service we heard about at E3, the wait is over. The update for the PS3 is now live.
Along with the PlayStation Plus service, the update also adds lot of other features. The new update includes a network photo gallery utility that makes it easier to share pictures with friends and more.
If you didn't get a chance to give Microsoft's newest toy for the Xbox 360 a go at E3 last week, the Kinect sensor will now be available for trial at any Microsoft Store across the U.S. The downside? There are only four in the country: Scottsdale, AZ, Mission Viejo, CA, Lone Tree, CO, and the newest store opened today in San Diego, CA.
I have mentioned Gioteck a few times recently. The company announced during E3 that it would be bringing some of its cool gaming gear to the US. One of the items is the HF-1 PS3 controller.
The HF-1 connects to the PS3 via Bluetooth and is arranged in a configuration like the Xbox 360 controllers. I prefer the PS3 layout myself. The entire controller is designed for comfort in the hands during long gaming sessions.
Microsoft's Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 took E3 by storm, and now it's available for preorder through most major outlets for $149.99. Microsoft has not released an official pricing statement yet to retailers or the public according to a spokesman. Best Buy, Gamestop, and Amazon.com online stores have it posted and ready to buy, with Wal-Mart actually posting it for $148.54.
When first out the gate at E3's press conference this time last week, Microsoft's Kinect got lots of 'oohs and whoaas' from the crowd. But since then, the finer details that really matter have gotten out to the disapproval of many folks who were hoping for a more polished, less limited piece of motion capturing equipment. What first looked to be an incredible piece of technology that would change the way we play games forever, now is starting to look like a good concept, but with too many limitations.
Sure, Kinect is still getting a ton of attention all over the web; the issue is, the majority of it is negative with stuff like this.
Let's hope the finer details yet to escape from Sony's clutches will make Move a more attractive looking option.
One of the things that the PS3 Slim lost when it made the cut to a lower weight class was connectivity. The machine has only two USB ports where the older console had four.
A company called Gioteck has announced it will soon launch a new device called the In2Link module for the PS3 Slim. The module plugs into the two front USB ports on the PS3 and gives three powered ports on the front of the console.
Microsoft unveiled the new slim Xbox 360 at E3 this week and the units are already starting to trickle onto the market. With the machine being smaller many will be wondering what tech is inside the slim chassis.
AnandTech has taken the new 360 and torn it apart so we can see what the difference is on the inside. Obviously, the new 360 is much smaller and has a much smaller HDD than the original.
Nintendo has already unveiled the cool new 3DS portable console at E3. The little portable gaming system has 3D graphics without needing to wear glasses. It's interesting to see the 3DS while the Wii still lacks even basic HD graphics.
Kotaku reports that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has stated that the next game console from the company might be a 3D console. We already know that the next console has to pack in HD resolution, so if you go HD you might as well do 3D right?
Along with the unveiling of Kinect for Xbox 360 at this year's E3, some bells and whistles for it in the form of additional accessories have also been uncovered. Gaming peripherals maker Mad Catz have confirmed that they are working on a wide range of add-ons for Kinect to make it more accomodating for your lounge room setup.
If you're already scratching your head wondering where to mount the Kinect camera unit due to lack of available space, Mad Catz will have you covered with a base adapter that the unit is designed to mount to, which then can be connected to any standard tripod for a simple yet effective freestanding solution.
Razer has been making some of my favorite gaming peripherals for years. The company is famous for its gaming mice and keyboards. At E3 Razer has shown off some new StarCraft II Wings of Liberty branded peripherals.
The line includes the Spectre mouse with 5600 DPI resolution, 1000Hz ultrapolling, and adjustable button force. The mouse will sell for $79.99. The Marauder keyboard is backlit, supports on the fly macro recording and can have up to ten profiles for macros. It will sell for $119.99.
We have been hearing about the OnLive cloud-based gaming service for a while now. The service promises the ability to stream a library of video games to your TV or computer for a fixed monthly price.
Dell has announced today that it is teaming with OnLive on the cloud gaming service. The OnLive service is set to launch this week and Dell data center solutions are providing the muscle for the streaming service. Dell says that the OnLive service uses one of the largest GPU-powered server installations to date.