Video: Natal Becomes Kinect at E3 2010, November 4th Launch

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201w ago - Alongside some videos (below) of it in action, at Microsoft's E3 2010 press conference Project Natal was officially renamed to Kinect, which is slated to launch on November 4, 2010.

Microsoft's Phil Spencer also confirmed that there will be 15 launch titles, and re-confirmed the hands-free motion control system will be compatible with all existing Xbox 360 consoles.

Kinect features motorized tilt function and a multi-array microphone, in addition to the camera and movement sensor... so it will swivel to follow you.

An engineer for Kinect took to the stage at E3 to show how 'natural' the device is. Within his presentation, he showed signing into his Xbox just by waving, and he could navigate the dash via speaking.

VG247.com are also reporting that Kinect is expected to have two versions, with the most expensive costing $189.00.

Finally, according to GameStop.com, Microsoft's Kinect will be priced at $149.99 for those who wish to pre-order the device.

Check out some of the Kinect E3 2010 launch video demos below!



 

Video: XBox 360 Manufacturing Mode Found, 0x81DA07FF Error

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202w ago - Today sabrax from XBoxHacker.org (linked above) has shared a video demonstrating a way to trigger 'Manufacturing Mode' using a Memory Card on unmodified Microsoft XBox 360 consoles, followed by receiving an 0x81DA07FF error.

Shortly after, rupal has posted both the extracted XEX & INI file along with a raw dump for examination by other devs.

Download: Extracted XEX & INI File / Raw Dump

To quote: "It is happening only when a (specific) memory card is inserted, on 2 different Xbox 360's, it is entering "Set Manufacturing Mode", and after some time is showing this error: 0x81DA07FF.

Here is video - for a split second there is a blink on 0:20 - 0:21.

This exact memory unit should be 100% genuine (other MU from the same batch is still working with the latest dashboard).

Tested offline, tried it also on a unbanned and banned console latest dashboard, same result, "MTE Screening Utility" and so on as in seen on the video."




 

XCM Launches XBox 360 Wireless Shells with LED Analog Sticks

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206w ago - This is the first of two new additions to the XCM product line we are reporting on today, specifically new XCM XBox 360 Wireless Shells with LED Analog Sticks and a new D-Pad have arrived!

The new XCM XBox 360 Wireless Shells come in four colors, as follows: Green, Red, Blue and Yellow.

They have also made available a detailed Installation Guide for the new XCM Wireless Shells.

Finally, those interested in grabbing one can do so via one of their many Official Resellers from around the globe. Cheers!
 

Rocket Knight Priced, New Screens for PS3, XBox 360 and PC

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207w ago - The upcoming downloadable game, Rocket Knight, finally got a price tag alongside new screens (below) for the PS3 entertainment system, XBox 360 console and PC.

To quote: According to Konami, the high-definition platformer costs 1200 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360 and $14.99 on the PC (via Steam) and PlayStation 3.

As previously reported, Rocket Knight will be released on May 12th for the PC and XBox 360 and May 18th on the PlayStation 3.

Konami also revealed five new screenshots showcasing a flight level from Rocket Knight.

Those interested can view the images below!
 

First Screens from Bulletstorm for PS3, XBox 360 and PC Arrive

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207w ago - Epic Games via Electronic Arts has released the first screenshots from their upcoming first-person shooter titled Bulletstorm today, which will hit the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows in 2011.

Bulletstorm takes place in a futuristic setting where a futuristic confederation is being protected by an elite band of mercenaries known as Dead Echo.

When Dead Echo members Grayson Hunt and Ishi Sato discover that they had been working on the wrong side, they betray their squad commander and end up being exiled to the edges of the galaxy.

Bulletstorm will allow players to "step into the role of Grayson Hunt complete with an arsenal of over-the-top combat moves and outrageously large guns."

The developers also revealed that "Bulletstorm’s array of distinct ‘skillshots’ produces unprecedented levels of frantic gameplay and yell-inducing satisfaction. The skillshot system rewards players for inciting mayhem in the most creative way possible.

The more insane the skillshot, the more points players collects to upgrade their character and unlock weapons, which then allows them to execute even more creative moves and exaggerated skillshots.

Check out some new screenshots from the video game below!
 











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