First, a confession: I'm an absolute Xbox 360 fanatic. I stream music and video from my computer to my TV almost every hour of every day using the thing, and I've dropped some serious cash on add-ons and accessory packs. I'm one of those suckers who bought Oblivion's "Horse Armor" pack. Unfortunately for my wallet, Major Nelson says the console's new update makes it even easier to spend money by allowing users to purchase Microsoft Points using PayPal.
While the announcement may not strike a chord with Xbox Live users who've already linked a credit card to their account, it's sure to bring joy to gamers who use disposable Microsoft Points cards to refill their virtual pockets. No more running to Wal*Mart at midnight just because you're 20 points short for a new Avatar accessory.
Apple on occasion will give students heading back to school a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac. That's swell and everything (at least until you dance with the digital devil known as iTunes), but let's be real. Would you rather have a Mac and an iPod touch, or a Windows PC and Xbox 360 console? We'll take the latter, thank you very much, especially when you can buy one and get the other for free. Say what?
We're still a long, long ways off from living out a Minority Report lifestyle, but the next time you turn on your Xbox 360 console, you'll be prompted to accept an update that adds even more razzle dazzle to your Kinect, if you have one. The update adds Kinect support for Netflix, so you no longer have to grab your controller to sort through titles and fire up movies in your queue.
When Microsoft's Major Nelson announced a public preview of an "updated Xbox 360 disc format," the Internet was immediately abuzz with speculation that Blu-ray was finally coming to Redmond's flagship console. We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but that isn't the case. As has been the case with every previous rumor suggesting the Xbox 360 is getting a Blu-ray drive, it's not happening, and it probably never will. Want to know what this new format is? Hit the jump.
Microsoft’s Major Nelson today called on US-based Xbox 360 owners to participate in an upcoming “public preview to help us prepare for an updated Xbox 360 disc format.” Calling it an “important update,” he revealed in a blog post that Microsoft is on the lookout for “multiple thousands” of testers. More details await you after the jump.
You know how things that are too good to be true usually are? Well, if you purchased a bunch of Microsoft Points on the cheap from eBay, Craigslist, or somewhere else in the secondhand market, there's a good chance they were falsely generated. Hackers figured out an algorithm to add to existing, used codes to get new MS points in 160-point increments. Hitting refresh would keeping adding to the total.
It seems like every few weeks Microsoft thumps its chest over how many Kinect motion control cameras it's sold, and now we're being told that number is 10 million. If there was any remaining doubt that Kinect sales have been an "overwhelming success," as Microsoft put it, the rapid rise to double digit sales earned kudos from the Guinness World Records as the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. So much for the naysayers.
Microsoft may be looking for help developing a successor to the Xbox 360 console. The Redmond outfit posted a job notice on its Careers website looking for a graphics hardware guru in its Interactive Entertainment Business division. News of the position has been spreading like wildfire through cyberspace, prompting speculation that Microsoft is starting to put the pieces together for an Xbox 720, or whatever the next generation console might be called.
If you were to march into your local Best Buy to purchase a non-refurbished modern gaming console for the least amount of skrilla, you'd have to decide between a $299 PlayStation 3, $299 Xbox 360, and $199 Wii. That doesn't include gimped systems, like the $199 Xbox 360 with the hard drive stripped out, but the core models from each of the big three. What's interesting about this is that the price is the same now as it was 18 months ago, and at least one analyst thinks something has to give.
Microsoft is doing its part to clean up the virtual environment. As of yesterday, the Xbox 360 console maker has begun picking up old Gamertags that have been tossed aside and is recycling them, Xbox Live's Major Nelson announced in a blog post. That means if you've been wanting to use a Gamertag that was already snatched up but since abandoned, there's still hope it can be yours.