Unlocking Kinect’s share of Xbox One’s GPU for games like Destiny doesn’t mean you can’t use Kinect features during gameplay.

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Crimson Dragon Review (Xbox One) – XboxAddict.com

Thursday, December 5, 2013.
by Brent Roberts

Crimson Dragon Box art Back in June at E3 2013 the world watched as the debacle unfolded for the presentation of Crimson Dragon. Those who rallied behind the classic Panzer Dragoon series were greeted with a glimmer of hope that a successor would be flying in on the next generation console; and bring forth some amazing rail based shooting aspects combined with stellar graphics, sound, and controls. Priced at $19.99 Crimson Dragon is far from a retail title, yet still provides a wealth of content, even if some of that content isn’t the greatest. Brace yourself as we ride in our review of Crimson Dragon.

Humanity stands upon the edge of a knife as you enter the infamous Icarus Division on the planet Draco. Over the years a virus infestation has taken place called the Crimsonscale and it has infected every living being on the planet, including the dragons themselves. Your mission is to navigate throughout the various levels ahead and, like Darth Sidious said, “wipe them out. All of them.” Killing everything on the screen is pretty much the summary of the entire story and while parts of it are entertaining, you will find that the story itself is very weak and often detracts from the game’s overall quality. Originally Crimson Dragon was filled with potential to produce a storyline that enveloped the gamers as they took to the skies in their beasts, however after playing it, you will come to be annoyed that some parts of the story you cannot skip. It would actually be more entertaining to just do level select, go for rankings or medals and press on, instead of trudging through a lackluster story. It’s unfortunate that right out of the gate Crimson Dragon takes a hit, but don’t expect your game to get high marks for story content if you don’t make the effort to write one.

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Xbox One Kinect & Gameplay Tour

Why would Microsoft disabled comments for this video ? The new dashboard looks cool ! The Kinect is a joke , who would want to talk to the TV all the time ?…lol

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Unboxing Xbox One

While working on this video, we uncovered several cool facts about Xbox One and the components that ship in the box. Below are my top favorites…make sure you keep reading below for other insider details from Albert Penello, our director of product planning for Xbox One.

  1. In the video, we are unveiling the Xbox One Day One edition – which includes a special Day One package, specially branded DAY ONE 2013 controller with chrome D-pad, and a Day One digital achievement. This will be available in limited quantities.

  2. The Xbox One console, Kinect sensor – even the HDMI cable and the power supply – have a “liquid black” finish, with a focus on a consistent 16:9 design ratio across all components. This attention to detail was intentional and a great example of how every component in the box was especially designed for Xbox One. You can hear more about our attention to design details from our design team here.

  3. The Xbox One console is state of the art – a 500GB hard drive, slot load Blu-ray drive, IR blaster port, HDMI input and output connectors, a S/PDIF interface, new Kinect sensor port, three USB 3.0 Super Speed ports, Wired and Wireless network support and a Kensington Security Slot. Of course, what’s most important is what the console can do – if you haven’t checked out the latest product details on Xbox.com, you should.

  4. The all new Kinect has improved gesture and voice control, 1080p color HD camera for video with Skype and a greater field of view. On-board sensors improve fidelity of the depth-sensing and low-light visibility, along with a four microphone array and IR blasting capability.

  5. The Xbox One controller offers over 40 design improvements, including a redesigned D-pad for accuracy, redesigned thumb sticks for better grip and control, new menu and view buttons, redesigned triggers and bumpers for accuracy and comfort, as well as exclusive impulse triggers for haptic feedback.

  6. The new integrated battery compartment on the Xbox One controller blends seamlessly into the back, offering better comfort. You can play wirelessly with standard AA or rechargeable AA batteries, or via the standard micro USB port for wired gameplay. The micro USB cable will charge the batteries if you are using the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit (it will not charge generic rechargeable AA batteries).

  7. The chat on Xbox One offers 3x the sampling rate of the Xbox 360. The quality of the Xbox One Chat Headset speaker and microphone have been upgraded to take advantage of the much improved audio quality. It’s also super lightweight-only 44g-with a padded earpiece that can be worn on either your left or right ear, and a bendable, rotating mic boom. You can control mute and volume without taking your hands off the controller.

  8. Of course, a HDMI cable, a power supply and a Quick Start Guide are included as well.

Here’s a few other insider details – straight from Albert Penello, our director of product planning for Xbox One:

When we say 4K HDMI cable, we mean it. The HDMI cable we’re including is an actual Category 2 HDMI cable, rated for 1080P, 3D and 4K, according to the HDMI 1.4 spec.

The built-in wireless on Xbox 360 just supported single-band A/B/G/N @ 2.4ghz. The Xbox One wireless radio is A/B/G/N, but supports dual-band 2.4ghz and 5ghz frequencies.

The console shown in the video is one of the first production units – less than 20 exist in the world (and yes, this box has the 853mhz GPU).

When you plug a micro-USB cable into the controller for wired gameplay, the internal radio is actually shut off, transmitting data through the wire. You can even use the controller without batteries in this mode.

Behind the Scenes at Xbox


Go behind the scenes and get an exclusive peek at how Xbox One was created on the Xbox campus in Redmond, Washington. Lisa Gurry and Major Nelson take you on a tour through various laboratories to see how Xbox One was able to benefit from rapid design innovation in its in-house model shop, extensive testing in its accessories lab, an anechoic chamber used to advance speech recognition in Kinect, and the Xbox Operating Center — the hub of online excellence for Xbox Live

Xbox One Fact Sheet !

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Introducing Xbox One

Xbox One is the all-in-one games and entertainment system for the living room of the 21st century. Xbox One puts you at the center of all your entertainment, giving you instant access to TV, games, music, movies, sports and Skype, all in one place, without switching TV inputs or waiting for slow updates or lengthy downloads. Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Features include the following:

Live TV. Navigate and watch live TV through Xbox One. All your entertainment is now available in one place and is easily accessible on one system. Always know when your friends are online and ready to play your favorite game, even when you’re watching TV. Gone are the days of switching inputs.

Snap. Use Snap to do two things at once. Talk to friends on Skype, and watch the big game together. Follow what people are saying about your favorite show by surfing the Web. Listen to the music of your choice while playing the latest blockbuster game. Jump back and forth instantly between experiences without a loss in performance.

Skype. Display full HD, 1080p Skype video calls specially designed for Xbox One and, for the first time ever, have group Skype calls on your TV.2 Split the TV screen to join a multiplayer battle while hosting a Skype video chat with friends and family.

Home. Wake up your Xbox instantly with the words “Xbox, on,” and you’re welcomed to a personalized Home screen with your favorite games, apps and content. Pin movies, music and more for instant access to the things you love the most, right where you want them.

OneGuide. Find TV and entertainment quickly with voice searches for names, networks or times, presented in an easy-to-use and tailored program guide. See what’s on your favorite channels and the content that’s available in your entertainment apps, and quickly find the latest action movie or when the big game starts.

Trending.Still can’t decide what to watch? See the entertainment that’s popular within the Xbox community or with your friends.
Trending is a great way to stay on top of what’s hot in TV, games and entertainment and to stay connected with friends in new and social ways.

New hardware

Xbox One was designed from the ground up to be the centerpiece of every living room with modern hardware, and it features the all-new Kinect, the new Xbox One Wireless Controller, a 500GB hard drive,3 an eight-core, x86 processor, wireless networking connectivity, HDMI®, three super-speed USB 3.0 ports, and a high-speed Blu-ray™ disc player.

Features include the following: Xbox One console. Designed with the 21st century living room in mind, the Xbox One console features a premium design with a gloss black finish, horizontal orientation and a slot-loading Blu-ray™ disc player.

Updated wireless controller. Enhanced with more than 40 technical and design innovations, the new impulse triggers offer precise haptic fingertip feedback and a newly engineered D-pad delivers greater responsiveness and control.4 An infrared LED on the front of the controller allows Kinect to automatically recognize you, making it easier to pick up and play.

Redesigned Kinect. It includes a 1080p, HD camera that captures video at 30 frames per second. All- new, active-infrared capabilities increase precision, allowing it to work in nearly any lighting condition and expanding field of view to accommodate a greater variety of room sizes. Microsoft proprietary Time-of-Flight technology measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off you to create unprecedented accuracy and precision. The new noise-isolating multimicrophone array filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms.

Gaming on Xbox One

Gaming on Xbox One immerses you in bigger, more cinematic worlds that look and feel more lifelike, featuring more believable characters and richer stories. Game worlds come alive through the unlimited processing power of Xbox One and the cloud.

Features include the following: Smart Match. Estimates wait times for multiplayer gaming and lets you enjoy other Xbox One activities including live TV, Skype or sports experiences while waiting for a new game to begin. On Xbox One, your Xbox Live reputation fundamentally matters and helps you find the best match based on skill, game style and language for a deeper online multiplayer gaming challenge.

Expanded achievements. Allows for new achievements powered by the cloud and offers more ways to earn, more frequent updates and the ability to share wins with friends. An expanded achievements system captures videos of gameplay and continues to grow achievements over time, and Gamerscores carry over from Xbox 360.

Living Games. Leverages the power of the cloud so games can evolve and learn from actual players, letting you play against your friends’ shadow. Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and games stay in sync with what’s happening today — real-world events can be instantly added to games, and the latest stats can be automatically added to sports titles.

Game DVR. Captures and saves in-game highlights and epic moments to the cloud. Use editing and sharing tools to post game footage to your Xbox Live profile and social networks.

Xbox Live

The new generation of Xbox Live is completely redesigned to harness virtually unlimited power to connect, save and store personalized profiles, games and entertainment so they can be accessed anytime and on any Xbox One console. Connecting to Xbox Live makes accessing content effortless by installing games in segments so that playback starts quickly and updates happen in the background.

Features include the following:

Xbox SmartGlass. Turn smartphones or tablets into second screens that intelligently interact with Xbox One and serve extended experiences for games, TV shows, movies, music, sports and apps. Navigate with touchscreens, pause or rewind a movie, or swipe, pinch and tap to surf the Web on the TV using more devices than ever before.

Multiplayer gaming.

Enjoy a smart, quick and intuitive gaming experience in which multiplayer gaming has been enhanced to support playing with friends with no waiting in lobbies, and matchmaking features such as Smart Match and reputation let you architect your personal, favorite matches.

Apps. Discover and download a variety of Xbox One apps using simple voice searches. Pin favorites to the dashboard and jump in and out of apps instantly, or Snap them side by side to do two things at once.

Web for the TV. Explore the Web with Internet Explorer for Xbox One. Use Kinect and voice commands to browse your favorite sites with ease.2 Use Xbox SmartGlass to control your experiences with a swipe of your finger and send websites from tablets and smartphones to the biggest screen in the house.

Sports. Watch live games, highlights and replays in HD and with simple voice commands. Xbox One provides game-changing features with a personalized channel guide and the ability to dig deep on schedules, rosters and stats when making fantasy sports picks.

Xbox Live Gold. Existing Xbox Live Gold Membership for Xbox 360 will seamlessly carry over to Xbox One, becoming more valuable than ever.

Xbox SmartGlass Fact Sheet

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Xbox Entertainment

June 2012

What is Xbox?
Xbox is the premier entertainment destination for your TV, phone, PC and tablet, and home to the biggest and best games, as well as one of the world’s largest libraries of music, movies, TV shows, videos and sports.1 With Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox transformed gaming and entertainment in the living room by unlocking a whole new way to play games and find entertainment content — no controller required. More information about Xbox can be found online at http://www.Xbox.com and http://www.Xbox.com/press.

Why is Xbox the answer to my entertainment needs?
Xbox is the destination for all your favorite entertainment, to be experienced in innovative ways. Enjoy games, music, television shows, movies and more on your TV, tablet or phone.1 Entertainment is more amazing with Xbox.

Voice plus gesture control. Compatible with every Xbox 360 console,2 Kinect makes your body and voice the controller. Kinect creates experiences that are familiar, intuitive and tailored for each game or entertainment experience.3

Voice search. With voice search powered by Bing, you have the ability to find the games and entertainment content you want on your Xbox 360, regardless of where it resides on the service.3

Later this year, Kinect voice control and search will become available to an additional 12 countries and six languages, for a total of 15 countries and sevenlanguages, with full voice control and search support. In addition, in some countries and languages, you will be able to search for content genres such as comedy, drama and action, and also will be able to use your voice to search user-generated content on YouTube.

o Supported languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish
o Supported countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, U.S. and U.K.

Entertainment apps. With an ever-expanding catalog of TV, music, movies and sports apps from world-leading TV and entertainment providers, Xbox continues to deliver all of the content you care about in unique ways.

Xbox delivers a deep selection of global and local providers of live streaming and video-on-demand TV and movie programming through a combination of its Xbox Video service and industry-leading partners.4

Microsoft at CES 2012

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At CES Microsoft announced record-breaking consumer response for Xbox 360 and Kinect; more unique entertainment experiences on Xbox 360; availability of Kinect for Windows commercial program

2011: Biggest year in Xbox history

Microsoft announced that Xbox 360 was the top selling console in North America in 2011.
·         Xbox 360 has sold more than 66 million consoles, with nearly 40 million Xbox LIVE members around the world.
·         Kinect has sold more than 18 million sensors around the world.
·         Xbox 360 with Kinect was the must-have gift this Christmas, selling almost 800,000 Xbox 360 consoles on Black Friday alone.

Transforming TV through the power of Kinect
Microsoft showcased how Kinect and leading TV and entertainment providers deliver extraordinary experiences on Xbox 360 globally.
·         More TV is coming to Xbox LIVE; in December, Channel 4OD and 5 On Demand launched on Xbox, with more to come. With more than 50 active and announced partnerships worldwide, more live TV and on-demand TV will be lighting up Xbox 360 consoles around the globe this year.
·         Xbox 360 owners are excited about this new, fun, and interactive way to enjoy their favourite content:

  • The hours of video consumed globally on Xbox LIVE increased 140 percent from 2010 to 2011.

o   In December more than 60 percent of U.S. Xbox LIVE Gold members used entertainment apps on Xbox LIVE – for an average of an hour a day each.
o   The number of people using entertainment apps on Xbox LIVE increased by nearly 50 percent globally from November to December.
·         We are going to make TV more social and personal; from watching to engaging, from passive to active.

In close collaboration with trusted brands such as Sesame Workshop and National Geographic, Kinect for Xbox 360 is delivering a new kind of interactive learning experience that places children inside their favorite television shows and storybooks and allows them to engage, interact and learn in entirely new ways.

Not just fun and games; the ‘Kinect Effect’ inspires new industries worldwide
Just like Kinect for Xbox 360 is helping to reinvent games and entertainment, companies around the globe are exploring how Kinect for Windows will help them to re-invent their industries.
·         Microsoft announced the Kinect for Windows commercial program launching 1st Feb 2012. Through the commercial program, Kinect will reach far beyond entertainment to revolutionise education, healthcare, manufacturing, science, and more.
·         Microsoft is already working with more than 200 innovation leaders including United Health Group, American Express, Mattel, Telefonica, and Toyota to utilise Kinect in revolutionary new ways.

Xbox 360 Dashboard update coming December 6th!

Upcoming Xbox Live Marketplace

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While many of you have been involved in the Xbox LIVE Preview Program and have been busy getting an early look at the next Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE features, I wanted to let you know that the official release for the update for all Xbox LIVE members will be Tuesday, December 6th.  In this update, free to all console owners,  you will see:

  • New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
  • Beacons and Facebook Sharing
  • Enhanced Family Settings
  • Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
  • Bing voice search (Available this year in the US, UK and CA)

In addition to all these great dashboard features, starting on December 6th and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360. New, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.

Xbox 360 Dashboard update coming December 6th.

Microsoft Store Online – Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle

$394.94

Regular Price:  $594.94 You save: $200.00

Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle

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Xbox 360 250 GB Console with Kinect
Xbox 360 250 GB Console with Kinect

Get the most exciting gaming experience yet with the Xbox 360 console and Kinect bundle. Included are the new Xbox 360 with a huge 250 GB hard drive, the revolutionary Kinect sensor, and the Kinect Adventures game. With its whisper-quiet, sleek new design, the new Xbox 360 console, paired with the Kinect sensor’s body-tracking technology, brings you hours of hands-free fun where you’re the controller.

Xbox LIVE 3-Month Gold Card
Xbox LIVE 3-Month Gold Card

An Xbox LIVE Gold membership lets you take your Xbox 360 online to play Kinect and controller games with friends, no matter where they are.

Instantly watch HD movies, TV shows, and sports, and, with the hands-free fun of Kinect, your voice is the remote control. Plus, friends and family are never far away when you can video chat face-to-face the biggest screen in the house.

Coming this holiday season, look for better navigation, voice search, and all new video partners like UFC and YouTube.

Xbox LIVE 1600 Microsoft Points
Xbox LIVE 1600 Microsoft Points

Want to take your Xbox 360 to the next level? Get going with Xbox LIVE, and take your gaming online. Once you’ve got an Xbox LIVE subscription, use points to download games, HD movies, and TV shows, or add-ons to keep your games fresh.

Razer Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller
Razer Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller

The Razer Onza Tournament Edition gaming controller for Xbox 360 is designed to give professional gamers the competitive edge by bringing maximum customizability to the Xbox 360 controller.

Featuring adjustable resistance on both analog sticks and putting two fully programmable Multi-Function Buttons (MFB) at the fingertips, the Razer Onza TE allows every professional gamer to tweak the controller to their individual preferences.

Xbox 360 8 GB USB Flash Drive by SanDisk
Xbox 360 8 GB USB Flash Drive by SanDisk

Expand the memory of your Xbox 360 console with this pre-configured, Xbox 360-branded SanDisk USB flash drive. Just plug it in to experience all that Xbox LIVE has to offer and take your game saves, profiles, downloads, and gamertag with you wherever you go.

Game of your choice
Game of your choice

On the next page, select a game of your choice from a group of qualifying games to include with your bundle. Choose from some of the most popular and newest titles for Xbox 360 and Kinect.

* Total savings for bundle determined by game selected, total final price of $444.94. Limited time offer thru 1/8/2012 or while supplies last. Offer only available online. Only valid with purchase of all eligible products. Offer not valid on previous orders, cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with any other offer or promotion. Discount applies before taxes, shipping and other charges. Limit 3 per person.

BUY HERE —Xbox Ultimate Gaming Bundle.

Microsoft preps two Xbox 720 consoles !

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Over at Kotaku they heard Microsoft is working on two Xbox 720 consoles. One model will focus on being as cheap as possible, it will be positioned more along the lines of a set-top box and may be targeted as a Kinect-themed gaming portal, while a more fully-featured Xbox 720 is expected to deliver an optical drive, a HDD and backward compatibility with the 360.

“It’s…believed that Microsoft will continue its successful two SKU strategy”, the story claimed, “and indeed take it much further with its new platform: a pared down machine is to be released as cheaply as possible, and positioned more along the lines of a set-top box (the use of 360 as a Netflix viewing platform in the US is colossal) and perhaps as a Kinect-themed gaming portal, while a more fully-featured machine with optical drive, hard disk and backward compatibility aimed at the hardcore would be released at a higher price-point.”

“Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” Commemorates 10 Years of Gaming’s Most Iconic Franchise

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The award-winning game that defined a decade of Xbox gaming returns today in a stunning new remake

LONDON — 15th November, 2011 — The wait is finally over. At 12:01 a.m. last night, legions of “Halo” fans worldwide celebrated the 10th anniversary of the genre-defining franchise that elevated gaming to mainstream entertainment, as the spectacular remake of the original classic, “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,” hit retail shelves worldwide.

“‘Halo’ has made an indelible impact on gaming and pop culture over the past ten years,” said Bonnie Ross, general manager of 343 Industries. “Whether you’ve followed the story from the beginning or want to experience it for the first time, ‘Halo: Anniversary’ offers everyone a chance to relive the iconic classic before they embark on a brand new adventure with Master Chief next year in ‘Halo 4.’”

Praised by critics for its “mesmerisng[1]” visuals and myriad of new features, “Halo: Anniversary” has been hailed as the “definitive edition[2]” of the “most influential console first-person shooter of the past two generations.[3]

“As a studio, we’re incredibly thankful for the enthusiasm and support our fans have shown for this project,” said Dan Ayoub, executive producer of publishing for 343 Industries. “We know many of them have been waiting years for a remake of the original ‘Halo,’ so we’re elated to deliver a faithful re-mastering of the original classic that breathes new life into the legendary adventure.”

Developed by 343 Industries in partnership with Saber Interactive and Certain Affinity, “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” is a spectacularly re-mastered version of the original “Halo” campaign, packaged with some of the most memorable multiplayer maps in “Halo” history.  With a bounty of new features, including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, six re-imagined multiplayer maps and one new Firefight mission, a Classic graphics mode, Achievements, innovative Kinect and 3D support, and new challenges and story to uncover, “Halo: Anniversary” is a must-have experience for veteran Spartans and new fans alike.

For updates on “Halo: Anniversary” and the “Halo” franchise, visit HaloWaypoint.com and follow the 343 team on Twitter and Facebook at @HaloWaypoint and http://www.facebook.com/HaloWaypoint.

Retail Game Deals Round-up – Oct. 23 – $100 Gift Card with Xbox 360 and more!

Best Buy (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • PS3 Battlefield 3 Online Starter Package – $309.96
      • 160GB Playstation 3
      • Battlefield 3
      • Bluetooth Headset
      • 3-Month PSN Plus Subscription Card
    • 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle – $299.99 w/ $50 Gift Card
    • Kinect Sensor – $129.99 w/ free Child of Eden
  • PC Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ SPECACT Kit DLC Code
  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ SPECACT Kit DLC Code
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Peter Pan costume
    • Gran Turismo 5 – $39.99
    • L.A. Noire – $29.99
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ SPECACT Kit DLC Code
    • Buy Dance Central 2 or Kinect Sports: Season Two and get $20 off the following
      • Dance Central
      • Kinect Sports
      • PowerUp Heroes
      • Puss in Boots
      • Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster
      • UFC Personal Trainer
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Peter Pan costume
    • Dragon Age II – $19.99
  • Wii Games
    • Fling Smash with Wii MotionPlus Remote – $24.99
  • Nintendo DS Games
  • Accessories
    • Battlefield 3 Strategy Guide – $9.99
    • Battlefield 3 Collector’s Edition Strategy Guide – $24.99
    • Kinect Nyko Zoom – $10 off with purchase of Kinect sensor or Xbox 360 Kinect bundle
    • PS Move Controller – $24.99
    • Turtle Beach Ear Force DPX21 Headset – $129.99
    • Wii Afterglow Controller Bundle and Energizer Wii Charging System – $49.98
  • Trade-in Deals
    • 40% extra trade-in bonus towards Battlefield 3
    • 50% extra trade-in bonus towards Battlefield 3 for Reward Zone Gamers Club members

Fry’s Electronics (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware
    • 160GB Playstation 3 – $299 w/ free inFamous 2 and Gran Turismo 5
    • 4GB Xbox 360 – $199 w/ free Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    • Kinect – $99 w/ free Child of Eden
    • PSP – $129 w/ 5 free UMD movies
  • PC Games
  • PS3 Games
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Batman: Arkham City – $59.99 w/ free Batman T-Shirt
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $44.96
    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – $29.96
    • Dance Central 2 – $49.96 w/ $25 off Dance Central or Kinect Sports
    • Deus Ex: Human Revolution – $39.96
    • Kinect Sports: Season Two – $49.96 w/ $25 off Dance Central or Kinect Sports

GameStop (10/19 – 10/25) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • PSP Sports Entertainment Pack – $139.99
  • PC Games
    • Rift – $9.99
    • StarCraft II – $49.99
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $39.99

Hastings (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • 160GB Playstation 3 – $249.99 w/ 2 free used PS3 games
    • Kinect sensor – $99.9
  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $5 off Strategy Guide
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ free wired camo headset during Midnight Release event (Monday, October 24 from 9pm to Midnight) and $5 off Strategy Guide

Kmart (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $20 Gaming Coupon and Turtle Beach X-12 Headset for $39.99 or Sony 7.1 Wireless Headset for $69.99
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $39.99
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Zazu costume
    • Medal of Honor – $14.99
    • NCAA Football 12 – $44.99
    • NHL 12 – $39.99
    • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures – $69.99 w/ free character pack
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $20 Gaming Coupon and Turtle Beach X-12 Headset for $39.99 or Sony 7.1 Wireless Headset for $69.99
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – $39.99
    • Dance Central 2 – $49.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Dance Central 2 and Dance Central – $74.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Zazu costume
    • Kinect Sports: Season Two – $49.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports – $74.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Medal of Honor – $14.99
    • NCAA Football 12 – $44.99
    • NHL 12 – $39.99
    • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures – $69.99 w/ free character pack
  • Wii Games
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Zazu costume
    • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland – $49.99 w/ $15 Gaming Coupon
    • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures – $69.99 w/ free character pack
  • Nintendo 3DS Games
    • Pokemon Rumble Blast – $34.99 w/ $10 Gaming Coupon
  • Shop Your Way Rewards Bonus Deal
    • By $20 worth of Doritos and Mountain Dew products and get a $10 Gaming Coupon

*Shop Your Way Rewards membership required to receive gaming coupons. Coupons valid from October 30 to December 10. SYWR bonus deal coupon valid November 6 to November 12.

Radio Shack

  • Hardware Deals
    • 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle – $299.99 w/ $100 Gift Card

Target (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • Nintendo 3DS – $169.99 w/ $25 Gift Card
  • PC Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 plus $10 Gift Card w/ purchase of 12-pack of Dr. Pepper
  • PS3 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 plus $10 Gift Card w/ purchase of 12-pack of Dr. Pepper
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Cinderella costume
  • Xbox 360 Games
    • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 plus $10 Gift Card w/ purchase of 12-pack of Dr. Pepper
    • Disney Universe – $49.99 w/ exclusive Cinderella costume
    • Buy any 2 Kinect games, get a $10 Gift Card

Toys R Us (10/23 – 10/29) – store locator

  • Hardware Deals
    • 160GB Playstation 3 – $249.99 and $25 Gift Card with purchase of one of the following games
      • Disney Universe – $49.99
      • Everybody Dance – $39.99
      • NBA 2K12 – $59.99
    • 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle – $299.99 and $25 Gift Card with purchase of one of the following games
      • Dance Central 2 – $49.99
      • Just Dance Kids 2 – $39.99
      • Kinect Sports: Season Two – $49.99
    • Wii Mario Kart Bundle  – $149.99 and $25 Gift Card with purchase of one of the following games
      • Disney Universe – $49.99
      • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland – $49.99
    • PS3 Games
      • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $10 Gift Card plus 2 ½’ wall graphic
    • Xbox 360 Games
      • Battlefield 3 – $59.99 w/ $10 Gift Card plus 2 ½’ wall graphic
    • Buy any video game priced at $19.99 and get a free Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures figure

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Microsoft Offering Up a Pair of Xbox 360 Bundles for the Holidays


Microsoft is prepping some stuff for you to buy this holiday season, and if I were a prospective Xbox 360 buyer, one of these deals might be just what I need to go get one. You can see the console bundles I’m talking about pictured above.

One has an 250gb Xbox 360, Kinect, Kinect Adventures (which already came with this bundle) and Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do for $399. The other has a 250gb Xbox 360, Halo: Reach and Fable III for $299. I’d say if you’re in the market for one of these you should go for the latter bundle; Kinect still isn’t cool enough to warrant the purchase, and I say that having purchased Kinect already.

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First Halo Kinect Details Revealed

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343 Industries detailed how Kinect integration will figure into the Halo Universe, including voice commands to reload weapons and throw grenades, and a gesture-based system to access an item database.

Three specific features were announced: Analyze Mode, The Library and Voice Commands.

Voice Commands – Using voice-commands, you’ll be able to reload your weapon, throw grenades, switch between Classic and Remastered graphics and more, all using only your voice.

Analyze Mode – Analyze Mode essentially lets you scan items during singleplayer into what 343i has dubbed the Library (different library, folks). Currently various vehicles, characters, enemies and weapons are confirmed. The feature is engaged by saying the word “scan” while training your reticule on an item. Your Library index will grow in collectible-style fashion as you analyze more content.

The Library – The aforementioned Library is an index where detailed item info can be stored, searched and read. You’ll access the content via gesture controls.
Sounds like you won’t be holding your hands up in the air with a make-believe Magnum in your hands just yet, but you’re likely to garner a few funny looks from friends and family members when you yell “GRENADE”!!!

This only half-confirms Microsoft’s assertion that Kinect integration will “not affect the core gameplay experience” and is merely an additive feature, which IGN reported on during our E3 coverage of Halo: Anniversary. Voice and gestured-based collection and perusal of goodies is one thing. Reloading, and specifically hands-free reloading and sticky spamming is something entirely different (translation: could change core gameplay).

The news broke during tonight’s Halo Panel at New York Comic Con 2011 alongside confirmation that theHand “Em High remake, High Noon, will ship with Halo: Anniversary.

Halo: Anniversary will be available November 15, 2011.

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Xbox LIVE public preview for Fall dashboard update now taking registrations

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The Fall update for the Xbox 360 is going to dramatically change how we owners view and use their console. Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it is now taking registrations for people that would like to try the new dashboard out early.

Interested parties can register by clicking here. That will take you to an online survey where you will need to fill out information such as you Xbox LIVE gamertag, who is your ISP, do you have a Kinect and how often do you play games or watch things like Netflix.

The program will start within the next two weeks and registrants will receive an email informing them of their registration.

The updated dash will include things like the new metro design with Kinect and Bing integration, beacons, Facebook sharing, and cloud storage for game saves and your Xbox LIVE profile. The recently announced entertainment line-up of HBO Go, YouTube and others may not be available when the preview program launches but could be added later.

The Fall update is currently rumored to arrive around November 25.

GameWire: Just Dance with the iPhone 4S

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October 7, 2011
This week, Target guests can pre-order the iPhone 4S at any of the 1,492 Target Mobile locations and lock in their trade-in value with the potential to receive a free iPhone 4S with a qualifying trade-in.* Guests can also pick up the highly anticipated Just Dance 3, featuring Target exclusive tracks from both Rihanna and B.o.B, as well as many more gaming favorites.

  • Grab Just Dance 3(Kinectand Wii), $39.99, featuring Target exclusive tracks from Rihanna and B.o.B.
    • As an extra bonus, Shopkick users can scan Just Dance 3 to receive 75 kicks instantly at all Target locations on Oct. 9.
    • Save big with the lowest price of the season on dance titles Just Dance Summer Party and Just Dance Kids, only $19.99.
  • Take advantage on great Nintendo Wii deals for the whole family to enjoy.
    • Grab the Nintendo Wii Mario Kart Bundle, which includes the Mario Kart game, Wii Wheel, MotionPlus remote and Nunchuk for $134, and receive a free $20 Target GiftCard.
    • Pick up a Wii Fit Plus Bundle on sale for $69.
  • Receive a free $75 Target GiftCard with purchase of a 4GB Xbox Kinect Bundle for $299.99, which includes the Kinect Adventures game, Xbox 360 game system, Kinect sensor and one wireless controller.
  • Reserve a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for $1 and receive a free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of the game.

*In order to take advantage of this in-store and online offer, guests must trade in a working iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 and sign a two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. Guests may receive up to $120 credit for an iPhone 3GS and up to $200 credit for an iPhone 4, offering great cost savings on a new iPhone 4S. Guests who use their Target REDCard can save an additional 5%.