' At the end of August, we reported SmartXX somehow obtained 3 Xbox 360 dev kits. They posted up pictures, seemingly for bragging rights. Now the truth comes out–it was part of an investigation to discover those involved in the theft of 10 of the XeDK boxes. '
After the boxes were stolen from MS-storage depot in Germany, 7 of them were offered to SmartXX, who accepted 4. SmartXX immediately contacted Microsoft. Microsoft was in on those pictures leaked by SmartXX, meant to decrease the value of the boxes, and to create a market to lure the remaining consoles into the open.
This plan worked, and on Septermber 6, 14 more XeDKs were stolen. Unfortunately, the pursuit failed and no one was caught.
Despite SmartXX’s cooperation with Microsoft in this undercover sting, SmartXX still isn’t out of hot water with the police. A house searched of SmartXX’s “Franz” was performed Sunday. Police still have not returned a laptop and digital camera which were confiscated at a prior date.
-Perfect Dark Zero
-Kameo: Elements of Power
-Project Gotham Racing 3
OFFICIAL Xbox 360 Accessories:
-Xbox 360 Camera
-9 Xbox 360 Face Plates (including several that arent available in the U.S., that's over $190 worth of faceplates!)
-Universal Media Remote
-Wireless Networking Adapter
-Play and Charge Kit
-4 Rechargeable Battery Packs
According to Xbox Official Magazine, the wired 360 controller will be standard USB 2.0 . Why should you care? Remember all of those wonderful controller mods we did when we first found out that the Xbox used standard USB with funky adapters? Now this baby will plug right into your USB port on your computer.
' In a recent speech at Howard University, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates shared his vision for the Xbox 360 and speculated on the future of next-gen optical disc formats HD DVD and Blu-Ray. '
According to Gates, the Xbox 360 will be
“more than 10 times better in terms of the visual realism, the speed, the depth of what you can do”
… however, the real breakthrough will be the console’s connectivity.
Gates outlined that the Xbox 360 would be capable of connecting to a variety of music players and cameras via USB, including the Apple iPod.
He summed it up by saying that
“this box really is about integrating all the different digital sources together and making it very simple.”
Gates’ comments on the future of the HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats were particularly interesting, pointing to a future where optical discs would become obsolete and content delivery would take place via the internet.
' On Monday, October 24, Xbox Live® and Xbox.com will be offline for servicing and unavailable for approximately 24 hours. '
Simultaneously, the Xbox.com forums will be shut down in preparation for their grand re-opening.
On October 25, when both Xbox Live and the Website are back online, Xbox.com will be sporting a whole new look–redesigned, revamped and ready to kick into high gear with the launch of Xbox 360™. Xbox Live, will also be ready to support all the great new Xbox 360™ features.
Approximately one week later, the My Xbox portion of Xbox.com, as well as the new forums, will be unveiled. For more details about My Xbox click here.
Following up on our earlier story, we now have some pics to show of the Xbox 360 displays popping up at Wal-Marts all around the country, thanks to one of our loyal readers in Albuquerque, NM (no Bugs Bunny jokes, please).
As confirmed this morning, Kameo, Call of Duty 2, and King Kong were among the playable demos and there is even a separate external memory card slot for bonus content downloading.