Microsoft Keynote Round Up, More More Kinect

Halo 4

At E3 today, Microsoft's 2011 keynote, Halo 4 was ofifically announced with Master Chief and Cortana kicking off the game. Up to 343 Industries are at the reigns with a Holiday 2012 launch date. There is also a trailer after the break.

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Battlefield 3 First Gameplay Debut

EA released the first in-game gameplay footage in a trailer for the upcoming Battlefield 3. The trailer shows a first glimpse of actual in-game footage from Battlefield 3 as a U.S Marine squad engages hostile forces in Iraqi Kurdistan. Battlefield 3 is slated to be released on December 31, 2011. You can pre-order Battlefield 3 in Limited Edition to get the Back to Karkand multiplayer expansion pack for free which include four legendary maps from Batlefield 2. Check out the gameplay trailer after the break.

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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 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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