A lot of us have been wondering about the Xbox 360's backwards compatibility issue. Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 will be partially backwards compatible. What does that mean? Today we spoke with an industry source who shed some light on the subject.
According to film industry pub Variety, Fox and Universal have finalized the deal with Microsoft for the upcoming movie based on Bungie's hit videogame Halo. The movie studios will pay Microsoft $5 million against 10% of the gross. The script, approved by Microsoft and Bungie, was written by Alex Garland, who wrote 28 Days Later; former Columbia president Peter Schlessel is set to produce.
Back in June, when we interviewed Todd Holmdahl, Corporate Vice President of the Xbox Product Group at Microsoft, and the man in charge of more than 1,000 engineers, we asked him if he could provide further details on the Xbox 360 CPU such as manufacturing process, the amount of transistors and other technical data that geeks like me find exciting. Unfortunately, Microsoft could not disclose such information at that time.
EBgames's web site states that the Xbox 360 will be available on November 15th. While this is not confirmation of an exact release date, it does serve as further proof of a mid-November launch window. The original Xbox launched on 15 November 2001 and Xbox LIVE just one year later... but users on our forums say the gamestop stores expect a November 10th launch. We'll have to wait for a word from Microsoft for the final date, but around mid-November seems highly likely now for the N-American market.
Radio Shack has not been known to be the first stop for most serious gamers’ needs. A cable here, an audio adapter there — console peripherals are mostly what you’ll find on the company web site’s current Gaming section (except for the lone Nintendo DS on offer here). If a CAG forum user (with a relevant corporate logo as his or her avatar) is to be believed, however, RadioShack will begin to offer over 1100 games and a bit more hardware on RadioShack.com by the end of the month, including pre-orders for the Xbox 360. Brick & mortar stores will apparently not stock the new selection, but will allow customers to order from the web site in-store instead (dealing with shelf-space and inventory issues in one e-tailing blow).
Now there’s not much proof here to go on beyond the word of a dedicated CAG forum member, but CAG has been good to us before (see the DS price-drop rumor), so this news should not be dismissed lightly. Also, if RadioShack maintains its free ground shipping option (for orders $50 and up?), we may have a new destination for a variety of games you can’t find in most big-box retailers. The actual prices for whatever games are carried will probably make or break this deal, so here’s hoping RadioShack execs know what the market will bear. At the very least, we’ll hopefully have one more place to try when Xbox 360 (or other next-gen console) pre-order stock runs low. As long as they don’t simply throw more electronic poker and checkers handhelds at us, I’ll be satisfied.
Microsoft Corp. and Pepsi-Cola North America announced a U.S. promotion to put the Xbox 360 (TM) next-generation video game and entertainment system from Microsoft into the hands of thousands of lucky people before the console hits store shelves. Beginning Aug. 28, Mountain Dew, Pepsi's intense citrus soft drink, and Xbox® will select a winner of an Xbox 360 console every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for nine weeks straight in the "Every 10 Minutes" promotion.
Just a reminder that time is close, so start drinking your dew!
To play, consumers will collect codes found under the caps of Mountain Dew and other participating Pepsi products, and enter codes in a personal online account at http://www.every10minutes.com. Participants will be able to choose which 10-minute drawing to enter, and can spread codes across different drawings or stockpile codes and put them all toward one drawing. In addition, codes entered will automatically earn the participants points toward obtaining collectible merchandise and gear.