Halo: CE and Halo 2 playable on Xbox 360 from day one. Halo 3 44% complete and set for a Spring 2006 release. These are some of the latest rumors reported on several large game sites today.
That Halo: CE and Halo 2 will be the first backward compatible games for the Xbox 360 is hardly a surprise. I for one though this fact was settled long ago when MS stated that they would first concentrate on the best selling Xbox games, and then work their way down the list.
That Halo 3 is set for a Spring 2006 release is an old rumor that started after Bill Gates said they would try and sabotage Sony’s PS3 launch by releasing Halo 3 the very same day. Though Sony has not officially confirmed a Spring 2006 launch, many are expecting Sony to launch around that time, at least in Japan. Several top Xbox people have later said that Bill’s comment wasn’t meant to be taken literally.
' At the Digital Life consumer technology showcase in New York, Microsoft will reveal the launch window portfolio for Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. '
Peter Moore, corporate vice president of worldwide marketing and publishing for Xbox at Microsoft, will announce in his Digital Life keynote speech the highly-anticipated Xbox Live Arcade launch titles, as well as Xbox Live Arcade support by the world’s leading publishers including Midway Home Entertainment, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Vivendi Universal Games, Konami, SEGA, Namco and Hudson Soft.
' Welcome to the new Xbox360 Website for all HQ Members.. '
Well after many weeks of stuffing around ive finally gotten up the new site.. It works just great with your existing XBOXHQ login.
Please do your best to try and find errors, glitches etc etc.. I have done the best i can with one set of eyes so far.. Ive also added a heap of 360 news..
If you already have a xbox-hq.com website account then you DO NOT need to sign up again.
Im doing my best to get vip membership working on both sites.. This means that if you are already a vip members on xbox-hq.com then you will be a vip member on the new site too.
Since we now have the new xbox360 site we will be looking to put on some moderators and admins to help expand.. If you are a current XBOXHQ admin and want to help on the new site just shoot me your admin password via email and ill setup asap for you.
If you are new to XBOX360 and HQ feel free to contact us too.. We need as many bums on seats as we can in here to help!
Anyway, enjoy the new site and let me know of any errors in the forums
' Edge Online is reporting on responses J. Allard gave in response to questions regarding the hard drive on the Xbox 360 '
Sometimes doing the right thing means doing the hard thing. Are there developers who are disappointed? Yeah, sure. I wish there was a hard drive and I wish there were four terabytes of memory; I wish it were free to consumers and I wish we could put one in every TV set - there are a lot of wishes that I have but at the end of the day we're trying to run a business, and you have to make those trade-offs. It was a difficult one - I was the biggest fan of the hard drive and its potential, but the problem is that we sold 22million Xbox consoles and 5million, maybe 10million just don't care about it. But we paid for it. So who pays for it this time? We can either ask the gamer to pay for it, pay for it ourselves, or prove that there's enough value in it and have the gamer say ‘I want to pay for it' - I think that's the right model."
The consensus among the journalists here is that this [the X05 event] has been a success for Microsoft, although probably not a triumph. We already knew how much Xbox 360 is going to cost, we knew the technology involved and when it will be arriving. The fact that there wasn't much to announce last night isn't a big problem.
We're here to see the games and to play them and I think a few people have been pleasantly surprised by just how many games are playable and obviously pretty close to completion.
In an effort to clear up the confusion, GameSpot asked David Reid, director of platform marketing for Xbox, what the exact 360 launch lineup is. He said that "there will be 15 to 20 Xbox 360 titles available on launch day" with around another half-dozen making it to market by the end of the year. For the moment, though, he would only confirm eight titles as being available the same day and date as the 360: Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero, Madden NFL 06, NBA Live 06, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup.
As for the other seven to 12 Xbox 360 games that will be available on November 22, Reid said they would be announced "in the next few weeks." "They are currently in the final stages of certification," he told.