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Well, none other than Bill Gates himself has put the rumors to rest and formally announced an external HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, no pricing information was made available and beyond the obvious HD DVD movie playback we have no idea whether any games will adopt this new technology. Hopefully, more information will make its way out as CES progresses.Building on Xbox 360 leadership in high-definition experiences, the company announced plans to deliver a new Xbox 360 external HD DVD drive in 2006. The new drive will offer millions of Xbox 360 owners the ability to easily enjoy HD DVD movies and will provide consumers with even more choices for experiencing high-definition content,... Read more...
Those over heating X-box 360s can sure be annoying, eh? HardOCP seems to think so. As you know, HardOCP is mainly a computer hardware site, so how do people like that deal with overheating problems? Some water, a few tubes... you know the drill. Click here to check out HardOCP's Water Cooled X-box 360! "We had plans to water cool an Xbox 360 for over a year now. Little did we know that not only will this water cooling project be more fun than the original, but it may even be practical. Imagine that. With reports of heat related issues and a heat sink that can get almost too hot to touch after marathon gaming sessions, the Xbox 360 water cooling... Read more...
While many of you probably haven't been able to get your hands on an X-box 360, that doesn't mean you can't get your hands on one of their controllers. The crew over at Techgage report on using the X-box 360's controller with windows."Have you ever wished that you could use your consoles controller on your PC? Usually, they are designed much better than anything PC makers can release so it seems to only make sense. Finally, Microsoft has stepped up to the plate and made their Xbox 360 controller available for Windows"What? No wireless? Come on!... Read more...
Brother Marco ought to get a kick out of this one.  Commodor, VIC 20 and PET poised for a comeback? As LL would say, don't call it a come-back, I've been here for years..."A Dutch consumer media company is hoping it can tap the power of the VIC 20, the PET and the Commodore 64 to launch a new wave of products, including a home media center device and a portable GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and media player. Yeahronimo Media Ventures, which has offices in Los Angeles and Baarn, the Netherlands, acquired the rights to the Commodore name late last year in a deal worth just over $32.7 million."... Read more...
Datafuse.net is reporting another blip on the radar for troubled XBox 360.  This time around it appears Microsoft is advertising 20GB of storage for saved games, but in reality, it adds up to 13GB.  In actuallity, this isn't a bad thing as the drive reserves the remaining space for backward support of older gaming titles.   "So where did the other 6-7GB go to? Is Bill storing his secrets on your Xbox 360? I certainly hope so, but that's not quite what's filling it. The lost diskspace is used for backwards compatibility with the older Xbox 1 games. The reason why they are doing this is because they need to emulate the Nvidia GPU... Read more...
It's already been over two weeks since the Xbox 360 was launched, and we've seen the good, the bad, and everything in between. Techgage writes about their experience with the new system, which covers game reviews and a few unfortunate problems. "It's been a little over two weeks since I've gotten my Xbox 360, and I'm here to give my experiences with the system so far. This console certainly has it's issues, but do the pros make up for the cons?"... Read more...
Once the reports of faulty XBox 360's started hitting the net, lawsuit stories couldn't be far behind. Microsoft is now being sued for the defects in the console, which includes overheating that causes the system to crash. Microsoft claims the reports of overheating stem from only a small fraction of units that were sold, but they declined to say the exact number of reports. "The proposed class action claims that in Microsoft's bid to gain share in the $25 billion global video game market, the company was so intent on releasing the Xbox 360 before competing next-generation machines from Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). and Nintendo Co Ltd. that... Read more...
OK, so we're dropping this week's Old School update from Sully in here and then we're gonna duck.... If the title doesn't get ya, Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunctions and pre-dipped chips ought to! Sully sounds off again, with "The Old School Perspective": Xbox 360, I think NOT  ... Read more...
The folks at ArsTechnica have posted a pretty thorough analysis of the new XBox 360 that outlines several aspects of the newly launched console. If you've been wrestling with the idea of getting an XBox 360 now, or waiting to see what PS3 or Nintendo's Revolution look like this is certainly worth taking a look at.Overall the 360 does just about everything right, and feels like a step ahead for console gaming in general. Having the Marketplace to sell independent games and classics is a great feature, and making those games playable on Xbox Live is the icing on the cake. Everything about the interface is well thought out, it's easy to spend hours just ripping CDs and seeing what the system can... Read more...
This article was published last week, but with more XBox 360's shipping soon(hopefully), you might want to weigh the pros against the cons on buying the $400 bundle, rather than the $300 core package. "You'll be surprised about the differences between the two bundled systems so consider these things before buying. In no particular order here are some CONS of buying the CHEAPER system. (Believe me, I wouldn't pump the more expensive system if it wasn't a big deal, I'm here to save gamers money.)"If backward compatibility is a must for you, start getting that $400 ready.... Read more...
To my surprise, HardOCP has posted an extremely positive review of the XBox360. With all the recent negative press of sorts regarding the system, the last place I expected to see such a glowing review was at [H]. Regardless, the review is certainly worth a look as there is a great layout of what you get for your hard earned cash and what to expect down the road.Does the Xbox 360's hardware live up to our initial expectations? Yes, very much so, and then some. It is hard not to be impressed with what we have seen, heard, and experienced. On the hardware level, the Xbox 360 delivers a true next-gen gaming experience that promises to deliver for a long time to come.... Read more...
Over at CNN Money, opinions of the new XBox 360 are shared. While the technology behind the system is amazing, and the hype has been intense, the starting game lineup might not dazzle you like the original XBox. "The Xbox 360 goes on sale Tuesday, Nov. 22 and will cost either $299 for a bare bones machine that will not allow you to play existing Xbox games or $399 for a fully loaded, backward compatible system (by far the smarter buy). It's certainly a sleek piece of equipment, with enough technological oomph to make even the most casual gamer raise their eyebrows. And Microsoft continues to extend its lead in the online console marketplace.... Read more...
Those looking for some initial pics of XBox360 up and running at HD resolutions will be thrilled to see this collection of images showing the console connected to a 24" Dell LCD. Despite seeing some initial gameplay previews over at Kotaku such as this preview of King Kong, none have been seen on an HD-capable TV or monitor. Fortunately, there are some sane people that have the equipment to do the XBox 360 justice.... Read more...
Well it looks as though Christmas has come early as Anand has somehow managed to get his hands on an XBox 360. With roughly 20 games at launch and some bonus perks like enhanced Halo2 gameplay, and it appears as though this is the ideal solution for curing the post-Turkey Thanksgiving boredom. Like any reputable hardware junky, Anand wastes no time ripping the system apart and investigating the internals.Microsoft has clearly announced to the public that it has designed the Xbox 360 from the ground up to thwart those who want to crack open the case -- even simply for a look inside. They have stated that the unit will be screwless (partially true) and be extremely difficult to disassemble -- unfortunately... Read more...
Good evening all...  By now you've probably read a few of the articles post around the web regarding the new Microsoft Xbox 360 console and the ATi Graphics Processor technology that will be the main rendering engine in the machine.  If you haven't had the chance to dig into the scene yet, there are articles up at the following sites: Firing Squad's "Inside Xbox 360's Graphics" does a good job of covering the basics of the architecture and includes an interview with ATi VP of Engineering for Xbox 360, Bob Feldstein. HardOCP has two articles up - An "Xbox 360 Sneak Peek" and "Xbox 360 GPU Features" with their usual down-to-earth layman's approach to the... Read more...
Xbox 360 Sneak Peak @ HardOCP: "We all know that the Xbox 360 will be a gaming console, but did you know its abilities are going to reach far beyond playing games? The Xbox 360 has changed the Xbox from a gaming console into a lifestyle device." ASUS Extreme AX800XL-2DTV @ Viperlair: "Performance in our tests was pretty good. In all the game tests, except Doom 3, the x800XL did very nicely providing playable frame rates in basically all situations. Doom 3 is playable at 1024*768 with 4X AA and 16X ansiotropic filtering, but going higher isn't too recommended." Point of View GeForce 6600 GT Review @ Bjorn3D: "Being a reviewer, it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone... Read more...
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