We all thought that it would arrive last year at E3, it didn’t, but it was announced this morning after a slightly spoilerish leak on an Italian site. It’s black, like the Elite, but also very shiny, lots of fingerprint defilement potential coming to a store near you soon. The release date is set for July the 9th at a price of $499 RRP. Built in Wifi N, a 250GB hard drive and an included Head set make it the most feature-ific Xbox we’ve seen to date.
(UPDATE): The Microsoft event is currently taking place which confirms that it is now called Kinect, and that the game I thought would be awesome looks awesome.
According to USA Today, the peripheral formally known as Project Natal will be officially called Kinect. There is a trademark for the term filed by Microsoft in late April for “computer software, computer hardware, and computer peripherals.” The term Kinect also appears in an Italian Xbox ad. These do seem to indicate pretty strongly that Kinect will be the name from now on. Sounds a bit meh to me but what do I know, I dont get paid a tonne of money to come up with names for products. We’ll find out in mere hours anyway. USA Today also has a list of games that are built for it. Continue reading →
We’ll be here all week in sunny Los Angeles, trying to sort out exactly where the hell the game industry is going. 3-D? Motion? A Kevin Butler theocracy? Whichever it is, we’ll be on-hand to deliver the latest reports and reviews.
Shank is a 2D brawler that should be hitting Xbox Live, PSN and PC in the near future. It looks pretty darn cool to me. 2D side scrollers are really making a comeback thanks to digital download services with some really interesting games being released as a result. Check out Klei entertainment’s Shank.
At E3 I picked up some limited edition stuff that a few of you Xbox fans might be interested in having. First up is an Alan Wake faceplate for your Xbox number 453 of 500. Secondly is a Mass Effect 2 T-Shirt, again one of 500.
If these sound like things that you might be into have a listen to the latest podcast (here)
During the later end of E3 I sent Wugga off to do some investigative reporting on Left 4 Dead 2. He managed to track down Chet from Valve and talk to him about the game that was only announced two days prior.
The full audio is in the last podcast but here is the bulk of it in written form.
Blazing Birds! Magic! Rocket Riot! The Sims! All these games and more get glossed over because Brian’s feeling a little off. Also, there’s a terrible ‘interview’ with a Left 4 Dead 2 developer, but the PS3 prize package is growing! Someone needs to do something worthy of winning it, otherwise EVERYONE’S declared to be losers.
Yet another interview for you. This one is about Gravity Crash with one of the producers from SCE working with the developers of Gravity Crash (Just Add Water). They discuss the user generated content tools and the inspiration for the game as well. Check out Feep’s preview as well to learn more.