May 13, 2005

Xbox 360

Unless you've got your head in the sand, you should've heard about the Xbox 360 announcement. There's a detail-lacking site up at with some picts up...I guess seeing those, it doesn't look quite as bad as I first thought, though it's definately not "inspired enough to be compared to the iPod" as Gamespot's Greg Kasavin said. If only they had left the logo and not rounded the "X" symbol. Gamespot has a great in-depth review up, so check it out. Looks like the new controller is sporting some improvements, though I'm a bit doubtful about them being wireless. That's all you need, landing yourself in an enemy nest in Halo and getting the crap beat out of you because the infared sensor didn't realize you holding down the fire button till your knuckles grew white. We'll see.

Eventually, it'll come down to what games become available. But the one thing that bugs me most is that, essentially, this is a suped-up Media Center PC. You'll be able to have your photos, videos, music, IM buddy lists, and more on your Xbox, plus use video uplink in Xbox Live (now that could be scary). Great. Come on, it's a game console. Hey, while you're at it, why not build in a mini-microwave before the release, so we can have our popcorn to snack on while we button-mash?

Oh, check out the interview with Elijah Wood, too. Don't worry man, your 52-inch HDTV's all good.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A wireless control would actually be a really good idea, if they used a blue tooth connection it would work. Since it would run on radio signals instead of a IR beam, you couldn't miss the sensor.

Of course I don't like the X-Box so I hope they don't figure all this out...


3:43 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Hmm...that's true. Never thought about bluetooth. But from what I read over at Gamespot I think the wireless controllers are through an IR beam and the bluetooth module will be an optional add-on. They also included a USB port in the back of the 360, in case gamers want to hook in a keyboard. Trick is, you can only use it to enter data, not control your game.

8:06 PM  

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