On April 3rd of this very year, we know exactly where you can find the droids you’re looking for. Microsoft is releasing a special edition Xbox 360 console done up to look like the iconic droids from the Star Wars movies. The system was first teased at last year’s Comic Con. The bundle comes with the system and a few Kinect-related extras for $449.
With the Consumer Electronics Show now in the rear-view mirror, it's time to start looking forward to other tech conventions like the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which will kick off this summer. It's possible Microsoft will announce its next generation game console at E3, and in the process dispel or confirm the many rumors surrounding the Xbox 720.
For as popular as the Xbox 360 is, Microsoft's been notoriously slow to certify game updates to be rolled out via its Xbox Live service, a constant source of frustration for developers and gamers alike. That's reportedly going to change when Minecraft is ported over to Xbox Live Arcade, which could very well end up being the first game to tout frequent and constant updates.
Another Foxconn factory worker in China nearly committed suicide before being talked out of lunging himself off a building rooftop to almost certain death. He is one of about 300 Foxconn workers who reportedly organized a mass suicide as part of a pay raise protest at a factory that makes Xbox parts for Microsoft.
It's been quite a year-and-a-half for Microsoft and its Xbox 360 console. In the past 18 months or so, we've seen Microsoft launch the Xbox 360 S with new a new style controller, the Kinect come out, and another major Dashboard update, this time with voice controlled navigation and support for tons of apps. Given all these newfangled additions to the 360 platform, it's no wonder Microsoft isn't in a rush to release an Xbox 720 (or whatever it will be called).
Microsoft released a Kinect for Windows SDK several months ago, and now the Kinect team has posted an update on new sensor hardware specifically for a PC. The original Kinect for Xbox had some flaws that made us question its viability on the PC side of things, but the blog post by Craig Eisler cites a number of ways that Redmond is working to tweak Kinect for a Windows environment.
Despite Android's majority market share, it lags behind both iOS and Windows Phone when it comes to its music ecosystem and stock apps. The flip side of this coin are the third-party developers who can create music apps that take advantage of the openness of the Android platform. One of the best third-party music apps for Android is the freshly updated DoubleTwist.
We’ve been hearing for several weeks that Microsoft was close to finalizing content deals that would allow the Xbox game console stream TV. Today Redmond announced the program, and the partner list is impressive. The deal encompasses cable providers like Comcast and Verizon, but some individual stations like Bravo, BBC, and HBO are also on board. However, this isn’t the kind of service that encourages users to cut the cord; there are conditions.
It’s no secret that Microsoft has intentions to make the Xbox 360 a more robust home entertainment device, and the rumors have been that they intend to do that by getting more video content. According to Bloomberg, Redmond is in talks with Comcast and Verizon to get pay TV content on the console. New streaming offerings could be announced as early as next week.
Have you ever wondered why the first 2-3 pages of a Nintendo manual have more health warnings than a box of cigarettes? It’s not because gaming is a particularly dangerous hobby, but like everything in life some people just don’t understand the old adage “all things in moderation”. According to the UK’s Sun newspaper, one such example is 20-year-old Chris Staniforth, a truly dedicated gamer who passed away last week during one of his 12+ hour marathon Halo sessions as a result so much inactivity.