Monday, June 14, 2010

Big changes ahead for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

The big news out of the E3 electronics and entertainment convention so far has been from Sony and Microsoft, which are giving their popular console game machines two big face lifts.

Microsoft announced that it's new Xbox 360 slim has launched today. It comes with integrated 802.11n WiFi (the fast stuff). It comes with a 250-gig hard drive and will cost $299. Reports say the new model is quieter (thankfully) and much thinner that the current model.

Microsoft also officially gave its Project Natal hands-free control system a name. It's called "Kinect" and it will launch Nov. 4 with 15 titles. The Xbox 360 add-on uses advanced camera and whiz-back computer tech to allow you to interact with the console and play games by just moving your arms and legs. No more Wii-mote. Journalists who saw the technology in a demo this week came away impressed.

EA Sports is already developing "EA Sports Active 2" ($99.99) for the Kinect system. The company promises the exercise game will track full body moment. On Kinect, users will be ability to go through workouts using voice and gesture recognition. PS3 and Wii players will use leg and arm straps with motion sensors built in.

As for Sony, there are big rumors about the company's presentation tomorrow that involve two new PS3 bundles. One will have a 250 gig hard drive and the other will get 500. Both machines will also get updated to the wireless N standard and may ship with Sony's new Wii-mote like motion controller called "Move."

Also look for 3D PS3 games. So get your glasses ready.

And speaking of 3D, Nintendo promises its new 3DS handheld console delivers 3D without the glasses.

Uh oh.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo runs runs until Thursday in Los Angeles.


Anonymous said...

Wow, both companies are ripping off Nintendo Wii big-time. However, the Microsoft thing could be cool. Hands free gaming. Bring it on!

Anonymous said...

Langston, still liking your Windstream? Also, Wii is still the best system. 360 games will still stink even with new tech

Michael K. Jones III said...

Glad to see wireless N in PS3 and anything in 360. The PS3 current wireless G is nowhere near fast enough.

Anonymous said...

Here's the question, will the Kinect still cause the three rings of Xbox death?

Anonymous said...

Is there a HDTV Wii coming soon?

Anonymous said...

Failed to mention about Playstation move Langston? You'd have to be the most clueless person in the world to think you aren't a xbox fanboy! Read up a bit more on Sony's plans to include hardcore gamers with this add-on while the Natal Fatal won't. Xbox cannot get a step on quality with Sony in the picture. The move is a wii rip off that will actually be better the Fatal Natal and Wii remotes with sensitivity accuracy and it's versatile option for hardcore games like Killzone 3 or Resistance 3 or even Little Big planet 2.. ohhh my gosh.. I needs to quit. Lol!

Anonymous said...

Actually he did write about the Move. Not sure I understand what it is, though

Anonymous said...

Dude, the Move is in there. And you gotta know by now that Langston is a HUGE PlayStation fan boy

Danny said...

Can I get the details of this Xbox 360?Also are there any current sensors being used in this XBox?