• Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones

    Johnny 5 isn’t autonomous yet, so he needs help navigating the battlefield. US troops in Iraq are trained to use SUGVs (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles) to be their eyes, ears, and even triggerfingers in highly hostile situations. These robots are cheap enough to almost be considered disposable, and allow the ground troops to explore intense areas with little or no risk to life. The… Read More

  • The Wii Is Really Just A GameCube 1.5

    We all know the Nintendo Wii is the least-powerful next-gen console, but Microsoft’s Robbie Bach won’t have any of that. He’s hellbent on tearing the Wii up and claims that the Wii itself is just a glorified GameCube. Says Bach: “…the video graphics on it aren’t very strong; the box itself is kind of underpowered; it doesn’t play DVDs; there are a lot… Read More

  • Special Trade-In Deals For The Xbox 360 Elite Confirmed

    We’ve heard a few rumors about Xbox 360 owners being able to get a special deal if they want to trade up to an Elite model and now some have been confirmed. Here’s the deal: If you’re going to trade in your old 360 for an Elite model, go to Gamestop. They’ll give you $50 for an Xbox (wow, not too bad at all), $200 for a Core Xbox 360, and $250 for your Premium… Read More

  • Guitar Halo (Exactly What You're Thinking)

    In what looks like a college dorm room, we see a gentleman playing Halo 2 on his TV. But wait! What’s that? He’s going to hook up his Guitar Hero controller and play Halo by shredding? Amazing! Watch as this kid explains which buttons are which and proceeds to actually somehow play the game decently. Enjoy the video, although after the first minute it becomes pretty… Read More

  • Real Pix of Real Xbox TID For Real

    Using an analog joystick to type out “LOL U R TARDD” on your Xbox to your buddy across town sucks. Vince earlier today clued you in on Microsoft’s remedy to this situation, the QWERTY TID for Xbox. While it looks cool as a product render, you’re a gear head, you like photos of physical, tangible gear, so here’s some porn for ya, gearperv. Pictures of text input… Read More

  • Microsoft Launching Games For Windows Live, Halo 2 May 8th

    Though Vista is great and all and quite the improvement over XP, it still has a lot of issues with certain programs and hardware. Hence why Microsoft is taking awhile to roll out its Games For Windows Live service. Luckily, the time is almost upon us. Microsoft will be releasing Games For Windows Live for Vista owners come May 8th. The service will allow gamers to easily play against each other… Read More

  • 512MB Xbox 360 Memory Unit Being Launched For Poor People

    Truth be told, you shouldn’t have bought that Xbox 360 unless you can afford a hard drive for it. But for all the poor people up in the CrunchGear, we feel you and so does Microsoft. That’s why the software giant will be releasing a 512MB memory unit in early April. For $49.99, you’ll be able to snag a 512MB unit with “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved” preloaded… Read More

  • Zune Phone Confirmed! Launch Scenario! 4G WiMax Action! Rumors Off the WTF-o-Meter

    . On Monday, Microsoft filed a mystery application with the FCC for an enigmatic wireless device that could be used to talk over the Internet. Sounds like a VoiP device, right? Not really. The device is described as being used for “consumer broadband access and networking,” which doesn’t sound like vanilla VoIP to me. Microsoft goes on to say that the device would use OFDM as… Read More

  • Halo 3 to be Preceded by Downloadable Content for Halo 2, Calls for Beta Testers

    OK, we know. Halo 3 isn’t dropping this weekend. It was, however, a rumor that was worth being discussed, but let us now get to some real business. According to a press release from Microsoft today, we’ll be seeing a one-minute commercial for Halo 3 on December 4. In addition, Spring 2007 will see Halo 3-ish content for Halo 2. The new content includes maps for the… Read More

  • Xbox Live Marketplace: Now With Video

    November 22 brings us downloadable content – TV and movies – from CBS, Warner Brothers, and a few others. You download the preview then pay for the movie. Rentals you can hold onto, unwatched, for two weeks, and then have 24 hours to finish it before it goes poof. You can also “purchase” content that will sit on your drive. Pricing is fairly nebulous at this point, but… Read More

  • Turtle Beach's Ear Force X1 Headset Reviewed: A Long Cord Is A Good Thing

    Back at the beginning of October, I mentioned the release of Turtle Beach’s Ear Force X1 Headset for gaming. While there are plenty of gaming headsets on the market, I like the X1’s combination of features such as the in-line amplifier for control over game volume and the mic and the ability to connect into both your Xbox and PC. ExtremeTech tested them out recently and enjoyed… Read More

  • Gates and Ballmer Get Bonus Cut, Blame Vista

    In an all but unreadable stat burp from Bloomberg, we learn that Stevie and Bill are getting a 13% bonus cut this year, giving them $350,000 each in walking around money. The boys earned $616,667 last year, which means they’re going to Disney this holiday. Shares fell 6.2 percent this prior fiscal year due to XBox and Vista issues and, interestingly enough, the average signing bonus for… Read More

  • XBox Comes With Dirty Sweatpants

    You know you’ve gotten a good deal when the XBox you order on eBay comes with a pair of soiled sweatpants and a ratty old shirt. It seems Chip got this darling prize from a 100% positive feedback seller when he ordered an XBox and opened opened it to find a few treats. As one wag pointed out, it’s the “dance dance revolution accessory kit.” This is not to say this is a… Read More

  • Xbox Live Vision Hits Stores

    If you’ve been waiting to give those little thirteen year olds the finger for playing pool better than you in Bankshot Billiards 2 , you now have a Xbox Live Vision to do it with. Technically, the Xbox Live Vision came out yesterday, but most video games and video game accessories ship out Tuesdays and hit shelves on Wednesdays. So far the only game compatible with Xbox Live Vision is Uno… Read More

  • XBox's Official Blog Sneaks a Peek at Live Vision

    Elle, the fetching Gamestress from the Xbox team at Microsoft, is pimping the new Xbox Live Vision webcam on the Xbox site. The camera, which should be available tomorrow, is a 1.3MP still cam and a VGA-quality video cam. You can use it to chat live with your gaming buds (whilst hoping they’re wearing pants), take pics of yourself for in-game avatars, and trade footage of your girlfriend… Read More

  • Paltalk Tells Xbox Live to Shut Up

    Paltalk is a small company that specializes in server-group messaging. Somehow, they think that Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, which allows multi-player gamers to chat with one another in real time, infringes on a couple of their patents. Not only this, but they’re taking them to trial in East Texas. Why East Texas? Apparently, the district court there is more prone to guilty… Read More

  • Research Suggests $4.4 Billion Online Market In 2010

    Research firm Parks Associates has announced that it will be releasing research details at the Austin Game Conference suggesting that the online game market in North America will grow from $1.1 billion in 2004 to $4.4 billion in 2010. Research shows that PC gamers in North America currently spend an average of 18.5 hours playing games each week, 4.9 hours more than console gamers, and 9.6… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Roadmap Sneak Peek

    HardOCP got a peek at the upcoming Xbox 360 features heading our way in the near future. Among them, the $200-ish HD DVD drive, support for 1080p resolutions, and a Media Center overhaul for Xbox 360. The $200 HD DVD drive is a welcome attachment for Xbox 360 owners, and 1080p resolution support will help make the Xbox 360 a true player for High Definition content. Games probably won’t… Read More

  • Modded XBox360 in the Wild

    A buddy of mine, who shall remain nameless, has apparently completed a real XBox 360 mod. He’s at work right now, so he could discuss much, but he’s jiggered the laser to read cheaper media, flashed the firmware, and can now back up – ahem – his 360 games with reckless abandon. Apparently he used information from a certain website after purchasing 30 hardware mod chips… Read More

  • Homebrew XBox Apps: The YouTube of Games

    The Interweb is atwitter at Microsoft’s decision to launch a low-end version of its XNA programming framework for making XBox games. The product, called the XNA Game Studio Express, costs $99 per year and allows students and amateurs to play in the XBox sandbox and share games and code with other programmers around the world. They’re trying to compare the service to YouTube, but… Read More