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Microsoft Unveils Smaller Xbox 360 Model, Kinect Details 277

E3 kicked off today, and Microsoft took advantage of its early keynote presentation to show off a ton of new games and features for the Xbox 360. The biggest news for the very near future is that they're releasing a smaller, revamped version of the console, with immediate availability. It's black, it comes with a 250GB HDD and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi support, and it's priced at $299. Microsoft also put a release date on Kinect, the motion control scheme formerly known as Project Natal: November 4 in the US. It will launch with 15 games, mostly casual-oriented, several of which were demonstrated on-stage. Many new Kinect features were shown as well, such as the dashboard interface, video chat (with support for playing movies both parties can watch), and a partnership with ESPN to provide live and on-demand sports, all controllable with hand gestures and voice commands. (It presently includes college football and basketball, soccer, the NBA, and MLB.) Also notable is a partnership with LucasArts for a Kinect Star Wars game, a fitness game from Ubisoft, and a Forza racing game that uses Kinect and allows players to inspect the cars with an impressive level of detail. Engadget's liveblog of the event has a bunch of pictures from the demonstrations, or you can read a more detailed play-by-play at Ars.
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Microsoft Unveils Smaller Xbox 360 Model, Kinect Details

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 14, 2010 @04:27PM (#32570194)

    This is just embarrassing to watch. The Kinetic stuff looks is not only looks as un-fun as any gaming thing possibly could be, it is also getting torn apart by people closely watching the demos and seeing the horrendous lag and inaccuracy.

    And five years after the Red Ring of Death plagued Xbox 360 launched they are releasing a 300 dollar smaller unit.

    Let me guess Microsoft, you claim this one has finally fixed the worst console hardware design in history and in a smaller form factor. Yeah, right...

  • "Custom kinect port" (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Bert64 ( 520050 ) <bert&slashdot,firenzee,com> on Monday June 14, 2010 @04:30PM (#32570248) Homepage

    Custom kinect port = it uses some proprietary connector so you won't be able to use it with anything else, will it even be possible to connect it to an original 360?

  • No blu-ray (Score:2, Interesting)

    by kimvette ( 919543 ) on Monday June 14, 2010 @04:50PM (#32570610) Homepage Journal

    No blu-ray, no new features, smaller, and positioned as a must-buy?

    Gee, where have I seen this before? [] I know I have seen similar restylings [] that offered no real improvement.

    Where is Blu-ray? I know, Ballmer, offering blu-ray would be admitting you were wrong, but getting Windows 7 out so quickly after the monstrosity known as "Vista" is a pretty loud admission that you do fuck up now and then. You're only compounding it by not embracing blu-ray while the rest of the world already has.

    I'll admit, I do want an XBox 360, and while it's nice the power supply, wifi, and HDD are all now internal, what I am waiting on is blu-ray. I want it more as a media extender/STB more than anything else, primarily for Hulu and Netflix, and possibly for Rockband 3 once the "real" keyboard comes out.

  • by MBCook ( 132727 ) <> on Monday June 14, 2010 @04:55PM (#32570672) Homepage

    PS3 uses standard USB cables for its controllers

    Yes, but due to a touch of brilliance, the controllers won't charge if the console isn't on.

  • Re:No blu-ray (Score:2, Interesting)

    by MHolmesIV ( 253236 ) on Monday June 14, 2010 @05:20PM (#32571058)

    As opposed to the PS3 Slim, which actively removed features, you mean?

  • Kinect demo faked (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Jim Hall ( 2985 ) on Monday June 14, 2010 @05:34PM (#32571260) Homepage

    I'll admit, I was really impressed with the linked video. Until I watched it again and realized that it's faked. The person "controlling" the action isn't quite in sync with what's on screen. Sometimes the actor is slightly ahead of the "game" (could be lag, I thought) and other times isn't keeping up with what's on screen.

    Even the linked video comments that the video is likely a scripted demo. But I'm not convinced it's real yet. (I'm sure it works, but clearly not ready for prime-time, nor even E3.)

  • Re:Kinect demo faked (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 14, 2010 @10:04PM (#32573948)

    I work at a ms game studio
    I got a chance to play with the kinect recently
    It works quite well, surprisingly so actually.. I was pretty skeptical but it really works.
    I dont know if the demos were scripted or not but I can tell you that the thing works really well

    all that said I felt kinda foolish standing there waving my arms around. I like controllers.

  • Re:Kinect demo faked (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Vitani ( 1219376 ) on Tuesday June 15, 2010 @05:13AM (#32575712) Homepage
    This is only my opinion, but I believe the video/gif which has been circulating of the guy Kintected to Star Wars from Sunday night was, indeed, faked. He was just copying what he saw on the screen. I think this is the case because the exact same video was shown during Monday's conference. *However* I do think Kinect is real, and works, as all of the demos at Monday's conference appeared believable, and there were even a few unresponsive moments which you'd expect from any advanced technology.

    As a side note, I'm a massive Nintendo fanboy, I've never even considered buying a console from the "other two", but after watching the conference last night, I'm very *very* tempted to buy a 360 for a nice voice & gesture controlled HD media centre! Well done Microsoft (can't believe I just said that!)

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