Xbox 360 kiosks coming to childrens hospitals
Microsoft is teaming up with Companions in Courage to bring Xbox 360 kiosks to children’s hospitals across the US, beginning with Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center of Seattle and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California which already have the kiosks installed.
The units are “hospital-friendly” and are preloaded with a variety of E and E10+ games, Y-rated television programs, G-rated movies and the Xbox Live headset / Vision camera to play games online. (guess no Gears of War for the kids).
The kiosks will also be using a private Live network so the kids can play and chat with other kids in other hospitals.
“Microsoft is committed to keeping kids entertained in a variety of ways within a safer gaming environment, so partnering with Companions in Courage to offer children in hospitals a way to connect through something as universal as games is a natural fit for the work we do,” said Robby Bach said, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “The goal for this program is to give these kids a chance to have some fun and just be kids.”
Champions in Courage, in case you’re not familiar with it (I wasn’t), was founded by NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.