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.
The last few days have been really busy in what regards to the Xbox 360, with the official announcement of the price of the Xbox 360, the peripherals last week at the Leipzig Game Convention. Then, to close a wonderful week comes this mysterious site called Origen Xbox 360.
Today, we bring you a picture of the current Xbox 360 development kit. A close-up reveals that the name of the Xbox 360 SDK is "XBOX360 XeDK". We guess the "Xe" stands for Xenon, the Xbox 360 codename.
In the picture, you'll see the Xbox 360 in a black enclosure and a little adenum on the far right that is part of the XeDK for debuggin purposes but won't be present in the retail Xbox 360.
The 'live' chat with J Allard (General Manager - Xbox Platform Microsoft) is over. The server could not handle the traffic and amount of users at all and the chatsoftware had several 'issues' for many, anyway ... here's the full transscript of the Q&A:
Q: My question: Can MS guarantee that the HDD will be fully uitilised when present or are we going to see long load times with a slow DVD unit as standard from most developers.
A: just like last generation utilization of things like xbox live and the hard drive will be up to the game designers and just like last time we expect game developers to be excited by this. we have been in clear communication for more than a year that some scenarios will include a disconnected hard drive and it has not slowed them down
Q: Mr. Expert, will the Xbox 360 games use the hard drive for game saves and caching like the original Xbox did?
A: absolutely. we think game designers have all kinds of innovative ideas that the hard drive will be used for. use of the hard drive is not limited to game scenarios. like xbox 1 you will be able to do things like rip and store music and don't forget about live scenarios and all the downloadable content
Baffled... Published by: hq_hacker_girl on Monday, August 22, 2005
The guys over at PlanetXbox360 found that a new 'strange' site, www.origenxbox360.com, has been launched. It shows a tree (bonsai?) and something that looks like a green rabbit with a counter in the background (counting down from 37 days and a few hours). It uses the time from your local PC and counts down to September 27th 1200pm (midday) for everyone.