Microsoft Corp. today announced the broader availability of Xbox 360 consoles and provided details about the new games and entertainment experiences available to gamers this season.
Beginning this week, Microsoft will distribute two to three times the number of Xbox 360 consoles to the retail channel weekly. With component supplies in full production and third manufacturing partner Celestica Inc. now producing the next-generation console along with partners Wistron Corp. and Flextronics Corp., Microsoft is producing more Xbox 360 consoles than ever.
"Today we have turned a major corner," said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. "With more consoles on their way to retail, 80 games available by June, and new content and experiences coming to Xbox Live® all the time, there has never been a better time to own an Xbox 360."
Blockbuster Games on the Way:
The Xbox 360 games portfolio expands this spring with new next-generation titles from leading developers and publishers that cater to every genre, age, skill level and budget. Gamers can choose from a range of truly next-generation games such as "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games), an Xbox 360 console exclusive with beautiful next-generation graphics and a huge world to explore; "Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter" (Ubisoft Entertainment SA), the latest version of the successful Tom Clancy series that once again pushes the boundaries of multiplayer boundaries on Xbox Live; and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend" (Eidos Interactive Ltd.), the next-generation debut of the very popular Lara Croft series.
In addition, new titles are coming to Xbox Live Arcade all the time, including "Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting," "Uno" and the free full version of "Texas Hold 'Em Poker" by Riverbelle. Great titles that gamers can expect this season include these:
Ubisoft has confirmed that a GRAW demo is headed to the Xbox Live Marketplace. They have not however provided anymore details such as what kind of demo (single player or multiplayer) or the release date. The full game is slated to ship on March 7th, so I would image the demo to be out a few weeks before that.
Original game creator Patrick Buckland and his team at Stainless Games has taken the classic Crystal Quest and rejuventated it - making it faster, sparklier, crazier, and with more color than ever!
What's more, as well as offering this great new next-gen version of the game with all-new graphics, special effects, sounds and gameplay enhancements, fans of the original will find they can also play Crystal Quest in classic ‘old-school’ style as well.
For those who just can't get enough shiny new things, there will also be a number of fun Content Packages available to download from day one, so for just a few Microsoft Points you can customize your game with even more new graphics and/or sound effects!
As usual you can download a free demo with the full version costing 400 marketplace points ($5).
Activision announced today that a video game is in development based on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men 3. X-Men: The Official Movie Game (working title) will be available in stores this May for the Xbox and Xbox 360 video game system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and PC.
Co-written by Zak Penn, the screenwriter of movies X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, and legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont, X-Men: The Official Movie Game (working title) immerses players in an original storyline that provides the back-story for the upcoming X-Men: The Last Stand feature film.
From Major Nelson (Microsoft Xbox Live Director of Programming):
There was some misinformation floating around last week that I wanted to clear up. Specifically, that folks are cheating at Hexic and earning achievements or getting high scores that they got by cheating. I got an email from the Xbox Live Arcade team where they told me:
We're seeing reports of people hacking Hexic HD using the European Kiosk disk hack. The truth of the matter is that we actually removed the code from the kiosk version of the game that awards achievements and Gamerscore and posts high scores so the reports are false. While Hackers can play the game and trigger the achievement awarded animation as if is still there but they don't actually earn anything since they can't connect to Xbox Live.
An Associated Press tech writer gives his impressions of the new 360 titles out.
If you've scored an Xbox 360, some actual games are going to be the next logical purchase — unless you auctioned it off for thousands of dollars on eBay.
We've worn our fingers to the bone the past few weeks (just for you) playing through the 18 titles available when the system launched. While the offering is diverse, many of the games are merely visually tweaked versions from the older consoles. Worse, Xbox 360 games can cost a whopping $60 — roughly $10 more than games for older systems.