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Pretty much everyone was surprised this week when Microsoft announced a new redesigned Xbox 360 even though it planned to launch the next generation Xbox one just a few months from now. Not wasting any time, repair manual website iFixit, has just posted the world's first teardown of the Xbox 360 Model E.
IFixit notes that apart from a model name change, and cosmetic case updates, there is very little difference between the original Xbox 360 and the 360 E. It appears that the cosmetic changes were implemented to save on the cost of manufacturing the machine.
The costs saving measures include a redesign rear port area which cuts the A/V and S/PDIF ports from existence. Additionally Microsoft has removed one USB port from the back panel cutting the numbers down to just four. It appears that Microsoft used the exact same heat sink and cooling fan as the previous model which makes sense because they solve the RRoD issues with the S. Additionally the hard drive is easier to remove, but comes hermetically sealed inside a plastic case.
E3 2013 - At a demo given today, a Microsoft employee demonstrated how the new Kinect really stepped up the game when it comes to movement tracking technology. He went on to show off the cameras abilities with a 1080p full-color feed as well as what Microsoft is calling "Active IR", in which the Kinect sensor uses infrared light to enable you to play games using the sensor even at night time with the lights turned off.
The demo went on to display some high-definition skeletal renderings which could be used to control in game characters, participate in online exercise programs, and much more. During workout routines the Kinect would be able to demonstrate which muscles are getting the most workout as well as which positions offer specific body types the best workout.
E3 2013 - During Monday's Microsoft press conference the company announced that World of Tanks would be coming to Xbox 360. During his trip around E3 today TweakTown reporter Trace Hagan stop by the World of Tanks moves to check out some in game footage of the game being played on an Xbox 360.
As you can tell from the video while it looks good the graphics are not quite up to par with that of its PC counterpart, but that is expected from a 10-year-old console. Gameplay however, appear to be fluid and just as much fun as the PC version. WoT for the Xbox 360 is in open beta as we speak and should release to the retail market soon.
E3 2013 - During our visit to Nintendo's booth at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles California, we took a moment to stop by the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U demo, and were quite impressed to say the least. The Wii U version was running alongside the original version as to show off the advancement made in graphics between the two systems.
The game will be played like all the other Legend of Zelda titles, where players run around an open world, carry out quests and interact with the townsfolk and environment. The game has a very traditional look and feel to it, which should appease Zelda fans all over the world. The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker will be available this coming October for the Wii U.
E3 2013 - The original Xbox 360 design was attempt at making a stylish, sleek gaming console that would fit into the decor of any living room. In reality what happened was Microsoft designed a massive heat trap that eventually wound up killing many of the consoles after just a few months of use.
On Monday Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 would be receiving its third redesign in an effort to more closely align the 360 with the aesthetics of the new Xbox One. We finally got a good look at the new 360 design thanks to our friends over at Gizmodo. The exterior refresh is a drastic step away from the Xbox 360 we have seen in the past, with a two-tone color scheme similar to the Xbox One.
The new Xbox 360 also appears to have ditched the power ring for a more modern machined metal design alongside adequate cooling vents placed in the side of the case. The vents appear to be placed directly over the CPU heatsink and additional vents have been placed on the top of the box. If you pick up one of these redesigned Xbox 360's post some pics on our Facebook wall!
E3 2013 - Trace Hagan stopped by Nintendo's Wii U booth at E3 to check out the upcoming Mario Kart 8, which is set to debut sometime in 2014. Fans of the series now have the option of using Wii U's motion-based controls or the conventional versions to participate in the better than ever on-track chaos. Motorcycles have returned to the mix of vehicles, as well the ability to get above ground with hovering karts and an anti-gravity feature that occasionally flips tracks upside down.
The whole game has been refined, but still retains its familiar feel gameplay is fast weapons are hilarious and the courses seem to get easier the more you have time to learn them. It appears that the entire range of characters have returned including Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Yoshi and Mario.
As someone with a business degree, I know that the main objective of a business is to get your latest and greatest product into the hands of the consumer. Apparently no one at Microsoft bothered to go to business school, or at least no one bothered to listen to anything that was taught.
In an interview with GameTrailers, Microsoft's Don Mattrick addressed consumer concerns about the Xbox One and those who have little or no access to broadband internet. When asked what gamers with no internet should do, Mattrick said: "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," he continued "If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."
He went on to attempt to empathize with US service men and women by saying:
"Seriously, when I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted there was a person who said, 'Hey I'm on a nuclear sub.' And I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine it's not easy to get an internet connection. But hey, I can empathize; if I was on a sub I'd be disappointed."
E3 2013 - Sony finally displayed the final form of the upcoming PlayStation 4 at this year's E3. We couldn't wait to get some close up eyes-on content for our readers, so that's just what we did. We turned our camera towards the pink-eraser-shaped PlayStation 4 and investigate just what ports are present and how the system looks. Because it was behind glass, the focus played games.
Microsoft has the Xbox One front and center at their booth at this year's E3. We took a quick walk-around on video so you can see it from all angles. Front-panel and back-panel are both covered in the video, so you can see all of the inputs and the layout. The device does look decent, but we still have reservations about some of the concerns that Microsoft has yet to address.
E3 2013 - We got a chance to speak with MadCatz about their recently revealed Android gaming console known as MOJO. Alex Verrey, a MadCatz spokesperson, walked us through the main features and benefits of their Android console and what sets them apart from other consoles such as the Ouya.