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Xbox 360 Elite Dissected

Xbox 360 Elite Dissected
Now that the street date has been broken on the Xbox 360 Elite, consoles have begun to pop up all over the place. The guys over at The Llama’s Adventures managed to get their grubby hands on one, and the first thing they did was rip it open to see what was really under the hood. As expected, the new console sports a 120GB hard drive and an HDMI port, but it also has what appears to be an updated motherboard, with a new CPU and GPU chipset revision.

Xbox 360 Elite Street Date Broken

Xbox 360 Elite Street Date Broken
From the looks of this post up on Digg, a certain bullseye-wearing big box retailer has accidentally let loose the new Xbox 360 Elite model a couple of weeks early. The new model is slated for release on April 29th, but at least one branch of Target (in Chico, California) has sold this one to a lucky buyer.
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Halo 3 Beta Start Date Official

Halo 3 Beta Start Date Official
Bungie.net has revealed the dates for the official Halo 3 Beta test. The Beta will run for just under a month from May 16 through June 6, 2007. Since the Beta will be over in June and the game isn’t expected to be released until September, we’ll be going through at least two months of withdrawal symptoms during the late Summer.

Xbox 360 Qwerty Keyboard Add-on Confirmed

Xbox 360 Qwerty Keyboard Add-on Confirmed
Earlier today, Gamespot made mention of an upcoming QWERTY keyboard add-on for the Xbox 360 controller. Since that time, the post was yanked, but Engadget posted some rather slick looking images of what the controller could will look like. There were rumors as far back as 2005 that Microsoft would release such a device, but those never came to fruition.

Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update Previewed

Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update Previewed
Microsoft has posted a brief video clip which shows off a number of new features which will become available on May 7th, 2007. Among the improvements, the new version will add Friends List and text chat integration with Windows Live Messenger.

Windows Vista Easter Egg Discovered

Windows Vista Easter Egg Discovered
[NOTE : This post originally appeared on April 1, 2007, and was an April Fools Day joke. Vista does not include a copy of BOB, but if you scroll down to the comments, one of my readers has posted a link to a download of the original BOB installer if you really want to run it.]

Xbox 360 Elite Price, Release Date Confirmed

Xbox 360 Elite Price, Release Date Confirmed
The Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite has been confirmed by Microsoft’s resident Xbox guru, Major Nelson. The new model will feature a 120GB hard drive, HDMI output and a new black case, all of which have been rumored for some time.

Microsoft Zenzui Aims to Revamp Mobile Surfing

Microsoft Zenzui Aims to Revamp Mobile Surfing
Microsoft today announced a new startup business focused on improving user interfaces for mobile devices called “ZenZui.” ZenZui’s differentiator is its unique “zooming” user interface which lets you quickly maneuver from one application or website to another.

Xbox 360 Elite Production Line Proof?

Xbox 360 Elite Production Line Proof?
File this one in the “real or fake?” bin… According to Xbox 360 Fanboy, a tipster managed to sneak some cell-phone snaps of the production line in China where Microsoft is cranking out their rumored Xbox 360 Elite. Most rumors point to the 360 Elite including a 120GB hard drive, HDMI digital output and IPTV capabilities out of the box.

PS3 System Uses 3x More Memory Than Xbox 360

PS3 System Uses 3x More Memory Than Xbox 360
Even though the Xbox 360 has an arguably much faster and easier to use operating environment than the PlayStation 3, it apparently uses significantly less memory than Sony’s big black box. According to this post by Ozymandias (who happens to work for Microsoft,) the Xbox 360 reserves approximately 32MB of it’s RAM for the System, including the kernel, device drivers, Xbox Guide, friends lists, voice/text messages, achievement lists, gamercards, Live Marketplace, 1-1 chat, virtual keyboard, and the music player.

Pro Tool Kit Opens Every Console

Pro Tool Kit Opens Every Console
If you’ve ever tried to crack open your video game console for curiosity’s sake (or other, more devious purposes), you know how challenging it can be to find all of the right tools to get the job done without damaging your console.

IPhone Interface Knock Off on Pocket Pc

IPhone Interface Knock Off on Pocket Pc
Tech geek Tzywen was too impatient to wait for the upcoming Apple iPhone, so he created a custom launcher application for his Microsoft Pocket PC which is based on the iPhone user interface. He’s even went so far as to recreate the finger-scrolling capability for music playlists that Steve Jobs showed off when the iPhone was announced.

Which Gaming Console is the Biggest Power Hog?

Which Gaming Console is the Biggest Power Hog?
The hardware geeks over at hardCOREware recently ran a battery of tests to determine which of the current generation of video game systems uses the most power. Unsurprisingly, the Nintendo Wii consumes significantly less power than the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and a typical gaming PC. I was surprised, though that the Wii consumes about 1/10th the power of other modern console while playing games.

Game Crazy Reveals Black Xbox 360?

Game Crazy Reveals Black Xbox 360?
According to a user over in the Cheap Ass Gamer forums, a SKU popped up in Game Crazy store’s point-of-sale system for a new Xbox 360 model, listed as follows: “GM-XBOX 360 (black/ 120GB) $479.99 NEW $439.99

Free Itunes With Zune Purchase. Huh? Wha?

Free Itunes With Zune Purchase. Huh? Wha?
Whoops! CompUSA made a bit of a blunder this week when it advertised a free $15 iTunes gift card with the purchase of any Microsoft Zune 30GB Music Player. Now if you could only figure out a way to get those DRM locked tunes from iTunes to the Zune, you’d be all set.

The Next 10 Xbox Live Arcade Games

The Next 10 Xbox Live Arcade Games
Microsoft today announced what’s in store for the Xbox 360’s Live Arcade download service, and it looks like there’s some pretty good stuff coming down the pike in the near future. Here’s a list of the games that we can expect in the coming weeks and months (release dates weren’t specified): 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures, from developer Wanako Games and publisher Sierra Online, allows gamers to putt their way through 36 fun-filled holes of manic mini-golf action on wild courses that range from the Old West to outer space and feature a bevy of crazy hazards and obstacles.
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