According to a new Halo rumor, game development studio Gearbox Software is said to be preparing to work on a new title believed to be Halo 4, also believed to be planned as a launch title for the next Xbox console.
While nothing official is being said right now, Gearbox head Randy Pitchford has posted a job listing for a senior artist and has said “I’ve started a new project. It’s big. It’s, like, look-at-our-line-up-and-imagine-something-even-bigger kind of big. I’m directing it myself. I can’t mention it publicly yet. When you find out what this is, you’ll likely agree that I can’t oversell this one.”
We’re likely quite a ways off from hearing anything about this or the next Xbox.
At E3 Microsoft announced during their press conference that later this year Netflix stream video would officially be integrating with the Xbox 360, giving gold members access to Netflix’s entire library of downloadable television shows and movies.
Curious to see it in action?
Major Nelson has posted a video showing off how it will work. Check it out in person at Kotaku here.
Nintendo has finally been able to manufacturer and ship enough Wii’s to the US to allow the console to push past the Microsoft Xbox 360 as the leader in next-gen console sales with 10.9 million sold as of June (compared to 10.2 for the Xbox 360).
In the month of June alone Nintendo managed to sell 666,700 units!
In the same month, the Xbox 360 sold 219,800 units and Sony’s PlayStation 3, currently in third place in total US sales, sold 405,000 units (thanks in no small part to the release of the latest Metal Gear tile, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots).
The Gamestop website has posted a listing for the Limited Edition of the upcoming Xbox 360 title Gears of War 2.
For $69.99 the Limited Edition will include the game itself plus:
- Collectible SteelBook™ DVD case
- “Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at Gears of War 2,” a 48-page hardbound book including character profiles, exclusive concept art, and foreword by Design Director Cliff Bleszinski
- Bonus DVD including exclusive making-of-the-game video footage, design galleries with audio commentary by Epic Games, and promotional videos including the E3 2008 trailer,
- An exclusive gold-plated Lancer Assault Rifle available during online play
Look for both the limited edition and the regular version of the game to both be released on November 7th.
The rumored partnership between Microsoft and Netflix has finally been officially announced.
Later this year, Netflix’s complete library of on-demand programming will be available via the Xbox 360 console, allowing Xbox Live subscribers with Netflix memberships to enjoy Netflix content at no additional cost.
No official dates were given yet, but nice to hear that this worked out–it will be great to have access to such a vast content library right from the Xbox 360 so it can all be played on your living room TV (or wherever your Xbox 360 might be).
A couple of new release dates have been announced at E3 for some hot properties coming to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 this year.
Fable 2 will be released in October (no exact date was given) and Gears of War 2 will be released on November 7th (not the 9th as was previously thought).
After some speculation that Microsoft would be releasing a new sing game called ‘Lips’ for their Xbox 360 console later this year, Microsoft has gone ahead and made it official at their E3 press conference this morning.
The game is being developed by iNiS (developers of the game ‘Elite Beat Agent’), and will feature a motion-sensing microphone, which I assume means that you’ll have to have a bit of a stage presence and actually work the mic instead of just standing there singing into it, but we’ll see when more info comes out.
Look for Lips to be available this holiday season (sorry, no word on a price just yet).
The same day Microsoft made the updated Xbox 360 Pro with a 60GB hard drive official, Amazon has gone ahead and posted it and is taking pre-orders.
The 60GB Xbox 360 will set you back $349.99 (the same price the Pro with a 20GB hard drive sold for before today’s $50 price cut) and it is scheduled to be released on August 4th.
For more information or to place a pre-order check out the Amazon page here.
The evidence pointing to a price cut for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console was impossible to ignore and today Microsoft went ahead and made it official.
The current Xbox 360 Pro which comes with a 20GB hard drive will now sell for $299, down from $349. Additionally, a new Pro model was announced that will feature a 60GB hard drive and will take the $349 price point.
The new 60GB version will go on sale next month. For more info check out the press release here.
The drop to $299 makes the Xbox 360 cheaper than the Sony PlayStation 3 and just $50 more than the Nintendo Wii. No price drop is expected for either the PS3 or Wii.