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Articles tagged with: red ring of death

Limited Edition Star Wars Xbox360 Console

Are you a Star Wars fan and need a reason to replace that RRoD’d Xbox360 you have laying in the corner collecting dust? Well, we may just have a solution for you. The new Xbox 360 Star Wars edition is expected to hit US markets later this year, or perhaps during the first quarter of 2012.

So what’s new about this limited edition Xbox? Well, the hardware is pretty much the same you can expect on previous versions, except this one also has a Kinect sensor that will allow you to bypass the extra $150 for a second module.

Map Packs, How Do You Feel About Them?

FWD.Channel 5 posed a question earlier today, are map packs really worth the money? Map packs are extensions that are sometimes released for popular games, that include new maps or territories for gamers to play. Although I have heard of single player extensions, map packs are usually for multi-player.

I don’t think there is any one rule that says map packs are worth it or not, but I think it goes on a case by case basis, like many things. One factor is the cost of the map pack, another is the popularity of the game, and yet another factor is the game itself.

Gigabyte’s ECO500 Wireless Gaming Mouse

The new Gigabyte ECO500 is an awesome new wireless mouse that uses only two AA batteries and provides up to 12 months of battery life. When used with rechargeable batteries, the mouse should last for about 2-5 years with moderate to heavy use.

The mouse itself is equipped with a 1600 DPI (dots per inch) laser sensor. The mouse also has five programmable buttons for customized gaming. With rubber grips on the sides, and a shiny black coating, the ECO500 uses 2.4GHz wireless technology that can work up to 10 meters away from the device.

Next Generation Xbox Unveiled At E3 2012

According to VideoGamer, it looks like Microsoft is planning to unveil its all-new Xbox360 successor at next years E3 trade show. In fact, Crytek, has already begun creating a new TimeSplitters game for the new console.

No clue on what we can expect the specs to be but we do know that the next gen console will run on DirectX 11 (the same platform that the latest Windows 7 PCs run on). Both Microsoft and Crytek declined to comment on the issue, perhaps hoping to make it more of a surprise as the next E3 closes in.

Xbox Live Integrated In Windows 8

It looks like Microsoft has just revealed something interesting about its new Xbox Live service, and that is that the new service will be integrated into Windows 8. The Vice President of Global Marketing at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business group, Mike Delman, had this to say, “[Xbox Live] has been successful on the Windows Phone. Live will be built into the PC.”

Delman continued to say that it will be the service where one gets their entertainment. It seems like Microsoft seeks to incorporate their successful devices across-platforms encouraging Xbox owners to buy a PC and Windows 8 users to buy an Xbox. Clever cross-selling strategy. If I weren’t bitter about my Xbox360 giving me the Red Ring of Death, I’d probably be a proponent of the initiative.

Get Ready For Halo 4, Due Next Year

Well, what do you know? I was nearly certain that the Halo franchise had ended. Not only was Halo destined to be a trilogy, but its latest game, Halo Reach was a prequel to the trilogy. I remember thinking it was kind of funny how the prequel to the trilogy turned out, in fact to be the best game of the entire franchise.

Fortunately, for Halo fanatics around the world, they’ll be able to rejoice to the news of Halo 4’s release. Assuming your Xbox360 hasn’t had a Red Ring of Death yet, you’ll be able to get more shoot-em-up action and be able to embark on new heroic missions.