Astro Now Shipping A*Star In-Ear Headsets

Good news to those who pre-ordered the new Astro A*Star In-Ear Headset, Astro are now beginning to ship orders out as well as take new orders for the A*Star buds. These will run you $79.95 and come in black, white and silver flavors with a flat tangle-resistant cable and a whole lot of gaming attitude. The A*Star are Astro's first gaming in-ear headsets but will require you to fork up some more of your hard earned cash in order to purchase an additional Astro MixAmp priced at $129.95 which you will need in order to Xbox Live and Playstation Network online voice communication and enable the 7.1 Dolby surround sound. But of course you can enjoy the A*Star without the Astro MixAmp as regular in-ears with their build in remote and mic. Hit up the source link below for more details.

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The New Xbox 360 Controller Confirmed for November Release

It's about time Microsoft refreshed their Xbox 360's controller after recently refreshing the system itself, today Microsoft confirmed a new Xbox 360 controller with improved D-pad that has patented design to do amazing stuff, twist it to adjust the height. The Analog sticks have also been re-designed slightly and the ABXY buttons have lost their colors and are now translucent monochrome. The new matte silver controller will only be bundles with the Play and Charge kit for $64.99 on November 9 in the US and with a European release date on February. 

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Kinect Prices Announced and New Xbox


After Amazon, BestBuy and Wal-Mart all listed the price of the Microsoft Kinect as $149.99 for ages, Microsoft has just announced the official price of Kinect at $149.99. (Shocker!) Microsoft also announced a new Xbox 360 4GB console that has all the features like a the new design, built-in Wi-Fi,  touch-sensitive buttons and 4GB of internal flash memory. This version of the xbox can be bought for $299 or you can get it in a new bundle with Kinect and Kinect Adventures for $299. This bundle will start shipping on August 3rd.

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New Xbox 360, Kinect Sensor and “Kinect Adventures” — Get All Your Controller-Free Entertainment in One Complete Package

Microsoft announces pricing for Kinect and a new Xbox 360 4GB console.

REDMOND, Wash. — July 20, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today announced an all-in-one opportunity to jump into the controller-free fun of Kinect this holiday: the all-new Xbox 360 4GB console, the revolutionary Kinect sensor and “Kinect Adventures” packaged together for $299.99 (U.S. ERP). With “Kinect Adventures,” players will make their way through 20 adventures, navigating roaring rapids and ducking and dodging through mountaintop obstacle courses and other exotic locations — no controller, wand or balance board required. In addition, existing Xbox 360 console owners can purchase the Kinect sensor with “Kinect Adventures” for $149.99 (U.S. ERP). The sensor, which will work with each of the 40 million Xbox 360 consoles currently in households worldwide,(1) is uniquely able to track your full body movements, respond to your voice and deliver a multiplayer experience right out of the box.

In addition, the new Xbox 360 4GB console, which begins shipping on Aug. 3 in the U.S., will be available for $199.99 (U.S. ERP). With a sleek new design, the Xbox 360 4GB console looks great and includes built-in Wi-Fi N, 4GB of internal flash memory, touch-sensitive buttons and a black matte finish. (2)

“Kinect for Xbox 360 offers tremendous entertainment value for the whole family,” said Dennis Durkin, Xbox 360 chief operating officer. “With full body, voice and the ability to play games with your friends right out of the box, Kinect is the most unique, complete and affordable way for everyone to enjoy controller-free fun and entertainment.”

With more than 15 games available at launch, living rooms will become fitness rooms, dance clubs and sports stadiums. Kinect games, including “Kinectimals,” “Kinect Sports,” “Kinect Joy Ride” and MTV Games’ and Harmonix’s “Dance Central” will retail for $49.99 (U.S. ERP). In addition to games, Kinect changes the way you experience entertainment by putting your favorite movies, TV programs, music and live sports from ESPN all in one place. Begin a movie by simply saying, “Xbox, play,” or browse through a music list with the wave of a hand. Kinect also creates new ways for friends and family to have fun together. With Video Kinect,(3) share a smile with friends and family, as you open a window into living rooms around the world.

“I think Kinect is a major leap forward in the gaming experience that will appeal to both mainstream and casual gamers,” said Michael Gartenberg, partner, Altimeter Group, and author of the Engadget Entelligence column.

Starting today, select retailers are taking pre-orders for the Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle at $299.99 (U.S. ERP) and Kinect for Xbox 360 at $149.99 (U.S. ERP). Pre-order Kinect or the Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle today, and at launch receive a token to download three exclusive game levels for “Kinect Adventures,” the game included with Kinect.(4) Those wanting more information or to pre-order now should go to


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New Xbox 360 Slim Specs

The new Xbox got announced yesterday at the Microsoft Press Conference at E3 and here are all the specs of the new Xbox from

"Xbox 360 250GB

Form Factor: Sleek, lean and gloss black finish with chrome accents. Place vertically or horizontally in any living room entertainment center.

Touch Sensitive Buttons: Turn the Xbox 360 video game system on/off and eject a disc with the swipe of a finger.

Whisper Quiet: Whether you're playing a DVD disc or from the hard drive, or navigating the dashboard, with the all-new and much quieter Xbox 360, the only noise you'll hear is your own laughing, cheering and playing. 

Wi-Fi: Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi for fast, easy connection to your friends and entertainment on Xbox LIVE. 

Hard Drive: 250GB internal, swappable hard drive for even more storage. To access, remove the bottom panel by pushing the small tab toward the front of the console. 

Kinect-Ready: Custom Kinect port on the back of the console that directly hooks up to the Kinect sensor for controller-free fun. 

USB Slots: Five USB ports; three in the back of the console and two in the front for easy plug and play. 

AV Connections:

AV Cable included for standard definition TV connection.
HDMI port for high definition TV connection. 
Optical Audio out port integrated on back of console for AV system connection.

Power Supply: Smaller and more efficient. Xbox 360 250GB and Xbox 360 Original power supplies are not interchangeable.

Wireless Controller: The award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller matches the console in all black with color-matched thumsticks and directional pad with a touch of gloss and chrome to complete the look.

Backwards Compatible. Your favorite accessories and games will work with Xbox 360 250GB. (Xbox 360 External Hard Drives and Memory Units are not compatible.)

Accessories. Customize your Xbox 360 250GB with matching black accessories, including favorites such as Controllers, Wireless Headset, Chatpad, Quick Charge and Play & Charge Kits and more. Get a look at a few of these today.

Key Internal Components Changes:

Fan: Moved from two small fans to one larger fan for improved acoustics.
Chipset: 45 nanometer and integrated CPU and GPU.
Wi-Fi: Integrated wireless capability."

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New Xbox 360 Slim 250GB Gets Unboxed


The first unboxing of the new Xbox 360 Slim is underway. Engadget has posted pics and also a video of the unboxing. It looks like the huge and chunky power brick is still with us. Unboxing video will be up shortly.

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Microsoft Kinect For Xbox 360 Available November 4


Microsoft recently announced the new Xbox 360 Slim at E3 as well as the new Kinect motion control. Both now have the same glossy black finish. The new Kinect will be available on November 4 with matching game titles:

  • Kinectimals - Nintendogs but with wild and impossibly cute animals
  • Kinect Sports - Soccer, bowling, track and field games, a bit like Wii Sports
  • Joyride - "Thrill of high speed kart racing, with the joy of controller-free gaming"
  • Kinect Adventures - Jumping around and stuff
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved - most amazing looking fitness game we've seen yet, from Ubisoft
  • Dance Central - an actual, honest to gosh dance game without stupid pads -- from Harmonix

The new Kinect will be priced at $149.99. Available for pre-order on GameStop right now.

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Microsoft Kinect Gets Official

  Microsoft not long ago, officially announced the new Kinect and released official product images. For more info and images, hit up the link below.

Source Engadget

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