The End Of The Xbox Halo Franchise As We Know It

February 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Halo: Reach is the forthcoming (and final) chapter from current developer studio Bungie, bringing to an end their reign over the Xbox Halo franchise. Set in 2552 on the human planet Reach, and players once more adopt the Spartan colours as Noble 6 and, along with Noble Squad, the gamer will have to defend their planet from the terror that is the Covenant. However, Halo: Reach is a prequel to Bungie's first award winning "Halo: Combat Evolved" title.

Originally designed to be an improved version of the Xbox Halo franchise entry Halo 3, the notion was dropped, Bungie stating they would redesign and improve the quality of the Halo 3 designs. Harking back to the Halo: Combat Evolved concept ideas, this effectively means the new weapon, armour and covenant designs in Halo: Reach will deviate greatly from prior entries but uphold the ethos of the Xbox Halo franchise.

Hinting that Bungie will not cap the Xbox Halo franchise without a bang, the producers are looking to dramatically increase the graphical quality of all gaming areas, even including the weaponry. This clearly required Bungie to create a fresh new engine in Halo: Reach, with the AI augmented and nudged to provide better support for the player as they battle the Covenant.

So after all these promises of fusing greatly refined graphics and improved AI and designs, will Bungie leave the Xbox Halo franchise with a bang and cement their reputation for producing the best FPS for the Xbox 360? The only way to find out is to grab a copy when it is released later this year!

A Sneak peek At The Xbox 360 Project Natal

January 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Following hot on the heels of the Wii's motion sensing technology, Microsoft hope to take this one better with Xbox 360 Project Natal. Revealed during 2009's E3 meeting, this add-on accessory for the Xbox 360 is said to allow completely controller-free interaction with games, sensing movement and translating that as controls in the title.

Xbox 360 Project Natal is said to be available around the end of 2010, and Microsoft hope that the accessory will become a vital part of all existing Xbox consoles. They also confirm that this revolutionary technology will stretch the active life of the 360 considerably, and is, for all intents and purposes, a next-gen accessory.

The accessory includes a depth sensor coupled with an RGB camera, which hands the Xbox 360 Project Natal a 360 degree arc of recognition. The recognition is so cutting edge that even tiny facial expressions can be interpreted and converted on-screen. The range of recognition can also be extended or shortened as the gamer wishes, with the possibility of including surrounding objects like tables or cabinets.

Along with movement, the Xbox 360 Project Natal also has the ability to interpret sound. The multi-array microphone within can be employed to recognise sound and relay vocal information on the television. These elements mix to offer total interactivity between gamer and videogame.

As the technology employed to create both Natal and the titles it will interact with is reasonably unique, Microsoft have said that current Xbox 360 titles probably will not support Natal, and that a brand new range of titles are in progress. Some technical demos shown at E3 saw Space Invaders Extreme and Paint Party, a game in which pots of paint are manipulated by the gamer to paint canvasses.

Time will tell as to whether the Xbox 360 Project Natal will instill the awe Microsoft are looking for. Whilst the specs are clearly revolutionary and due to trump even the Wii's signature card, Microsoft need to announce more engaging titles to gain increased customer interest. With the right titles coupled with it, the Xbox 360 Project Natal could actually be the future of videogaming!

Looking Into The Xbox 360 Pro

December 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Xbox 360 Pro is one of the various versions of Xbox 360, produced by Microsoft. The strongest features this offers are Windows Media Center, the option of Hi-D ( whichever game you select ) and compatability with HD DVD movies ( if you include the add on drive ).

Following the presentation of Xbox 360, Microsoft have produced 2 new versions : Xbox 360 Elite and Xbox 360 Arcade. Furthermore,  the Microsoft Xbox 360 Pro System was intended to be a limited edition, to be sold until stock was depleted. But as Microsoft later announced, Xbox 360 Pro should be available for consumers in the future indefinitely.

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The Xbox 360 Pro is known under various titles, but the most typical ones are Xbox 360 premium and Xbox 360 Go Pro. It was actually an upgraded version of the then-current Xbox 360 Arcade. The Pro version includes a hybrid composite and component cable, the composite cable can be replaced with optical out features.

Xbox 360 pro will swiftly become a favourite device for those that have a lot of downloadable content to house. This model is enriched with a 60 GB hard drive ( removable ) which is added rather than the classic twenty GB disc drive. With Xbox 360 Pro gamers are guaranteed integration with original games for Xbox, and it can easily hold game data.

Starting Sep 2007, new editions were equipped with new motherboards, even more expansive than the Zephyr. this latest motherboard called Falcon houses sixty five - nm CPUs, which means that the full system stays cooler and less noisy.

What Can Xbox Live Offer You?

November 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Xbox 360 currently offers gamers the opportunity to communicate with each other, using the add-on feature known as Xbox Live. If you're an Xbox Live user, you are instantly part of the chat list. Therefore, you are able to chat and discuss anytime with your friends and family through the Xbox 360 headset. Moreover, you can interact and organize a gaming throwdown with countless other Xbox users. Xbox Live also allows you to buy content in Xbox Live Marketplace, download additional videogame content and even watch preview videos.

If users are enticed by these functions and wish to become an Xbox Live member, then there are two memberships to choose from, classified into two distinct services - gold and silver.

Up first, the silver service is just the basic version of Xbox Live. Going for this version, users can easily get online and download gaming titles. On top of this, you are given the capacity to use their own voice to talk and meet with other Xbox Live users. However, this is all Xbox Live silver provides subscribers with. If you're searching for the optimum Xbox Live experience, Xbox Live gold is what you must go for.

Secondly, the Xbox Live Gold option has various features that make it an awesome way to play on the internet. Apart from the incredible Xbox Live features, it provides gamers with a host of additional add-ons. There is improved chat compatability, as well as interaction with a host of Microsoft products, including messenger and further chat and video programs. The most prominent feature of Xbox Live gold is the manner in which your online avatar is shown to the world. Every account is free to create a distinct 'motto' showing to other gamers online, even linking to Facebook. Furthermore, you're also able to hold a record of your accomplishments. As you play more and more you gradually forge a reputation, and if users like you they are able to rank you positively, making it easier to avoid interacting with users holding bad outlook.

Players can also build a contact list which will list all of your selected chums. It'll also inform you when any of your buddies come online. There is also a recent player list that will record the last fifty friends that you have met.

Xbox Live is as good as Xbox gaming gets. It not only offers great gaming but also provides you with the chance to share your experience with other users!

Xbox 360 Troubleshooting Guides

October 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Undoubtedly, the Xbox 360 is one of the best gaming consoles offered in the videogame market presently. A vast brand of games, unparalleled graphics and ability to operate with a wireless mode allows it to match with rivals. However, nothing in this world is perfect and the Xbox 360 is not an exception. Thus, if your Xbox 360 does go out of sync, that's when knowing Xbox 360 troubleshooting actually turns out to be handy.

Xbox 360 troubleshooting can be the solution to all the possible issues that you may come across while enjoying your Xbox 360. The three primary blunders that the gamers routinely face are the red ring of death, disc reading blunders and overheating machines.

One of the most common issues is the appearance of three red lights, generally known as the red ring of death. It's actually a signal the Xbox 360 is in difficulty. However when you come across this issue it's not always simple to get a prepared solution.

Despite being a forceful and technically advanced device, the Xbox 360 does get overheated through prolonged lengths of play. When this occurs gamers are alerted to the problem through the Xbox 360 overheating sign. Xbox 360 troubleshooting for such a difficulty can be done by relocating the machine in a cooler location allowing it to cool in open air.

Amongst the tools that are needed for successful Xbox 360 troubleshooting are a basic knowledge of the Xbox 360 machine, and a group of basic electrical tools such as screwdrivers and solders.

By this point, you've got to have amassed a fair concept about Xbox 360 troubleshooting guides. Fundamentally, these are tutorials and tenets mostly in form of video or text to help you uncover and solve issues related to an Xbox console, available mostly through online sources. The cash back guarantees related to these troubleshooting guides make it a decent investment and a reliable solution to basic Xbox 360 problems.

Here's hoping with the help of the discussed Xbox 360 troubleshooting guidelines you'll be able to solve basic Xbox problems. However, in the event of major system failure, it is always advisable to seek assistance from your local Microsoft resource.

Xbox 360 Failure: What To Do Next

September 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We all have a standard fear in our everyday lives; the possible failure of various machines we use. We just don't want it to be happening to us, especially if that machine is our sparkly Xbox 360. However, you don't need to fear even in the event of an Xbox 360 failure. If you know the reason then part of your issues are solved. An Xbox 360 failure is a common blight experienced by many videogamers all around the globe.

The Xbox 360 failure is generally indicated by red LED bulbs on the console itself. So how do you know what blunder you hold in your console by having a look at the lights? The explanation follows;

If it's 2 red lights popping up on your console, then the probable cause for this Xbox 360 failure might be overheating of the motherboard. The easiest way to beat this Xbox 360 failure is by shutting down your machine for some time so that the motherboard can settle down.

If you see 1 or 3 red lights appearing on your console then this is generally some recognised hardware and software problems which can be overcome by fixing the console.

The most dreadful Xbox 360 failure that you can find is signified by a red circle of light on your console. This crash is something that falls in the 'fatal error' category. This generally occurs due to an inner structural failing in your Xbox. This simply means that the makers did not put a cooling device of adequate size within the console. Therefore overheating has a tendency to bring down the game processing unit and causes an Xbox 360 failure.

There's no call to panic, though, because some easy precautions can make sure that your Xbox 360 will not fail.

As the majority of the failures spring from overheating it's ideal to keep your console in a spot where there's open movement of air, and no more heat-emitting sources in the vicinity. It may be tough for avid game players, but a sensible thing to do could be to allow your console regular rest spells and avoid long continuous videogaming sessions. That way one can also rest your eyes and hands and start with a fresh fervour some other time.

But if you have indeed experienced an Xbox 360 failure you need not ship it off to Microsoft in a rush. You can purchase some Xbox repair guides from the Internet, which might save everyone a lot of time and cash. Be sure not to overpay for these and also try to go for one which has been tried and tested by others. If you can get your hands on a good guide then you can be your own Xbox mechanic! If all else fails though, keep in mind it's your right to have a working machine- you paid for it after all- so don't hesitate to contact Microsoft if you are in doubt.

So the next time you encounter an Xbox 360 failure, you know where to go next!

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Microsoft Xbox 360 News

September 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The seventh generation videogaming market essentially comprises of the 3 biggest companies Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Succeeding the Xbox, Xbox 360 was unveiled by Microsoft with enormous hype, competing against Sony's Playstation 3 and Nintendo's Wii for your well earned cash.

The first Xbox 360 news was displayed on MTV on 12th May, 2005 and subsequently at the E3 stands ( Electronic Entertainment Expo ). Additional info on the release was shared amid massive PR. This provided the beginning of the Xbox 360 age. In the initial year itself, the product was launched in approximately 36 countries, transcending the number of countries in which all other machines were released in their first year. Following its launch, the console was completely sold out in each corner of the world aside from Japan. The Xbox 360 has since then garnered sales of almost 30.2 million machines worldwide. Arcade, Pro and Elite versions of Xbox 360 along with a collection of accessories are readily available.

Incorporated into the Xbox 360 are a bunch of features like multimedia capacity, Windows Media Centre, film rentals, hi-def inclusion in all games, gaming downloads and the power to play HD DVDs with the help of an on-drive. But the most distinguishing feature of Xbox 360 is the Live service, allowing users to download TV shows, game demos, movies and a whole host more.

With such cut throat competition among the 3 main players, what really made Microsoft zoom ahead of its competitors? In order to address the needs of its huge customer base, Microsoft created its very own website called the Xbox 360 News. This website provides recent reports and information in relation to the Xbox 360, latest releases of Xbox 360 titles and upcoming releases are made available via the internet site. The most inspiring facet of the Xbox 360 News feature is that it is even available on the Xbox 360 games machine itself through the internet.

In supplying the Xbox 360 News function, Microsoft is undoubtedly the top service providing gaming console information in the market, heeding the needs of all video gamers whether amateurs or professionals. Thus, if you're wanting to get knowledgeable on anything concerning the Xbox 360, you want to join up with the Xbox 360 News internet site and wow all your fellow gamers.

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Which Xbox 360 Package Should You Go For?

August 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Prospective Xbox 360 owners are faced with a significant dilemma before purchase : which Xbox 360 package should they choose?

Well, considering that these bundles are each separated by $100 in their respective price tags, the problem becomes a decision that should merit major consideration.
When it comes to price, there is no doubt that the arcade bundle has the advantage at $199. The Xbox 360 Premium comes at $299, while the Select bundle is the most costly at $399.

When it comes to the completeness of the gaming experience, then the Xbox 360 Select is the king. With 120GB drive and HDMI 1.2 wires packaged with the bundle, this selection is loaded. But it doesn't stop there. The Select bundle also offers something that can never be acquired anywhere else: a black console with a black controller. To round it off, the Game of Year copy of the Xbox 360 Select bundle incorporates two big games, both of which are exclusives : Halo 3 and Fable 2. The colonnade bundle incorporates one full game and two Xbox Live colonnade games, but it doesn't provide a drive. A tough drive is necessary in this era, especially since the new Xbox Live Experience has permitted game-players to install games from DVDs to their hard drives.

So, what to buy?


If you are on a limited humble budget, go for the colonnade bundle. If you have money to spare, go for the Select package. But if you are like the rest of us who just want to play the games and luxuriate in the experience that the console can provide, go for the Xbox 360 Premium.

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Our Top 5 Xbox 360 Wallpapers!

July 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the finest features of current consoles, particularly the Microsoft Xbox 360, is the wide array of customization options they provide for users. Xbox 360 wallpapers are prime examples of this. No two Xbox 360 dashboards have to look the same because owners have a wide choice of wallpapers to use as backgrounds.

Additionally, creating Xbox 360 wallpapers is very easy. Anyone that has access to a photo manipulation software program like Adobe Photoshop can actually make their very own wallpaper, based totally on his or her very own design.  There are thousands of Xbox 360 wallpapers you can freely download from diverse websites. Below are the five coolest Xbox 360 wallpapers we have encountered :

1. An image of the Covenant from Halo banqueting on the corpse of Mario. It would be funnier if Masterchief was there but declined to give a helping hand.

2. Marcus Fenix ripping Kratos apart. The face of the Gears of War shows the God of War icon who's boss.

3 Gordon Freeman, Masterchief, Marcus Fenix, and Alan Wake replacing the 4 survivors from Left 4 Dead. Talk about cool! 4 of the Xbox 360's biggest and most recognizable characters taking on a regiment of the undead in one of the Xbox 360's greatest games. Many fans view this as the mother of all Xbox 360 wallpapers.

4. Left 4 Dead featuring children in a playground warding off the advancing throng of zombie bullies. This isn't actually something created by Xbox 360 wallpaper enthusiasts but by famous artist Jason Chan. The image was so unique that it instantly became one of the most downloaded Xbox 360 wallpapers since its release.

5. Raiden's face signifying the approach of Metal Gear Solid : Rising to the Xbox 360. Sure, it's an image you have seen 1,000,000 times by this point. However, it is an image that screams to be a part of the library of great Xbox 360 wallpapers. The coming of the Metal Gear Solid franchise to the Xbox 360 is a humongous event, and Raiden is just badass, so what better way to celebrate than by uploading and using its most prominent teaser image as your wallpaper?

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Should You Buy An Xbox360 Or A PS3?

July 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We are in the age of the following generation of consoles, and it's quite a battle between Microsoft's highly strong Xbox 360 and Sony's equally impressive PlayStation 3. Which console has a cleared path to victory? Which is a better investment for consumers? Which can provide the best gaming experience possible?

Let's face it, these gaming consoles don't come inexpensive. And in the face of a worldwide recession, we are going to want the best price for our cash. So, which machine will be worth our hard earned dough? The Xbox360 or the PS3?

Alas, the solution to that query relies on five key points that each zealous gamer is troubled about.

1. Which machine has a deeper game catalogue? Games outline game machines, not the opposite. Quality, of course, is more crucial than quantity, but a console that has one hundred games has better possibilities of getting more quality games than a console which has fifty games. When it comes to the range of the game library, the Xbox360 is the definitive winner. Having been released a year prior to the PS3, the Xbox360 has been able to amass quite a number of exclusive titles. WINNER: Xbox 360.

2. Which console offers a more rewarding online experience? Basically, this is a bout between Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. The distinction between them is clear, yet a definite winner is difficult. Xbox Live offers a smooth, optimized multi player experience. The Playstation Network is said to be quite laggy. Xbox Live hosts more demos and freebies than its opposite number. Though the Playstation Network has developed a 2nd Life social networking, avatar-based game called Home, the Xbox Live has locked down partnerships with a slew of digital distributors that will stream content for Xbox360 owners. The most important point here though, is that Playstation Network is totally free, whereas Xbox Live costs quite a considerable amount for monthly upkeep. Considering this, the small technicalities of Playstation Network's occassional lag can definitely be overlooked. WINNER: Playstation 3.

3. Which console is more reliable? The PS3 is known as a particularly durable machine. There are even rumors that the Eastern engineers who test drove the PS3 had it play continuously inside a sauna bath… and the unit fared extraordinarily, well. The Xbox360 is afflicted by endless reports of blunder codes involving three red lights - infamously known as 3RL - which suggest general hardware failure that will render the console unplayable. Though Microsoft has attempted to fix the situation by extending the Xbox 360's warranty to an unique three years, the PS3 is the current console that delivers uninterrupted gaming delight. If you need to play confidently about your console, go for the PS3. WINNER: Playstation 3.

4. Which console is more affordable? As of this writing, the Xbox360 Arcade package costs $199, and the base package costs $299. The Playstation 3 80GB costs $399 and Sony refuses to implement a price cut, saying that they already lose $307 for every unit sold since production of the PS3 is quite pricey. WINNER: Xbox360.

Based on the 4 areas of doubt debated above, there is no definitive winner as both consoles have pros and cons which must be considered.

But the more important question is : is which points discussed mean more to you as a consumer. Consider these and you will no doubt find your answer.

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