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After Toshiba pulled the plug on HD DVD the rumor was that Microsoft was going to offer support for the Blu-ray devices both in Windows and on the Xbox 360.  Now Microsoft is claiming that they're not presently working on such a device for the Xbox 360:"Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience," (Xbox group product manage Aaron) Greenberg told Reuters in an interview.One possible reason why Microsoft isn't developing a Blu-ray player just yet is that they might be planning on pushing their Xbox Live video rental service harder.  Why back a competitor's technology when you can vertically integrate?... Read more...
According to a report in the Financial Times, Sony is in talks with Microsoft about offering a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360.  As many of you know, until recently Sony has touted Blu-ray as an advantage the PlayStation 3 holds over the Xbox 360.  Microsoft had backed Toshiba’s HD-DVD format and offered an affordable, external HD-DVD drive for the 360, but by now we all know how that worked out... "A Blu-ray drive in a 360 would make Microsoft more competitive with the PS3, but it would also mean extra revenues for Sony’s electronics division. It would also add further cost to the 360, meaning a premium edition of the console could be necessary. A Blu-ray drive could be incorporated... Read more...
With PCs for sale well under $1,000, nowadays $2,600 would be considered an expensive computer. But what if it's a unopened, new in the box (NIB), vintage Apple IIc? What would you pay for that?Though bidding on vintage computers can often start as low as $1, this Apple IIc from what was then called Apple Computer Inc. was more valuable: It was still in the original packaging and had never been opened."When this auction came along, I knew I had to have it," Budiac said in an interview. "The prospect of unboxing a mint, 20-year-old computer was simply too good to pass up." Yes, collectors: for those of you who are really serious about collecting, Budiac committed the ultimate evil: he opened the... Read more...
There seems to be one last detail we need to take care of before we put the fork in the HD DVD format: The hard drive for the Xbox 360.  It appears Microsoft is preparing to offer an Xbox360 with a stand-alone Blu-ray drive as early as May of 2008.Michael Ephraim the Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment said: "We would welcome Microsoft to the Blu-ray stable. In fact it is quite logical for them as the PS3 has been very succesful in driving consumers to Blu-ray. In fact we believe that it has done more to win the format war than traditional Blu-ray player".When asked whether Sony would grant Microsoft a Blu-ray licence he said: "That is up to Sony Corporate but I see no reason... Read more...
Call this a rumor, but a particularly cool one.Netflix may consider extending its Watch Instantly movie streaming feature to game consoles, says one customer presented with a survey by the company. Polling its subscriber base, the rental outlet asks households if they would like to watch both movies and TV shows through either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 and suggests a custom software implementation that would allow the feature.No confirmation yet, and only one report of this survey, which makes this report very questionable yet.  It would indeed be a cool feature, however.... Read more...
It must be really cold outside, because something just froze over.  It appears the Xbox has managed to turn a profit.In the last six years, there's been one constant when discussing Microsoft's foray into the strange and seductive world of video game console manufacturing: they had yet to turn a profit on any of it. No more, with today's announcement of Microsoft's second quarter earnings which showed a relatively impressive six-month income of $524 million (compared to a $423m loss during the same period last year) from the the Xbox's Entertainment and Devices Division.Before you go thinking that was all thanks to the Zune and PC game sales, the company's 10-Q filing states that the EDD's... Read more...
Poor box office receipts have been blamed on a number of things (besides a bad movie, that is), including poor weather, natural disasters, embarrassing news for the stars, strong box office competition, etc.  This is the first time we have heard a video game blamed for bad box office.Industry expectations for "The Heartbreak Kid," the date movie that re-teamed him with the Farrelly brothers (the duo who made him a megastar in "There's Something About Mary"), called for a $20 million to $25 million opening for the film. Instead, "Kid," which cost north of $60 million to make, managed only $14 million in the U.S. and Canada -- heartbreaking, indeed.But there's more. Total industry ticket sales... Read more...
On August 31st, NBC Universal said it would not be renewing its contract with iTunes, after a dispute over pricing.   Later that day, Apple said it would drop NBCU content prior to the fall season - and prior to the expiration of the contract.   NBCU didn't waste any time, as today in a joint announcement NBC Universal and Amazon.com announced NBC television shows will be available on Amazon Unbox. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and NBC Universal today announced that a wealth of quality TV content from NBC Universal is now available on Amazon Unbox (https://unbox.amazon.com), Amazon.com's digital video download service. Amazon Unbox and NBC Universal are offering customers a variety... Read more...
Microsoft and Google have been locked together in a corporate struggle of titanic proportions for the past few years, one from which a clear victor has yet to emerge.  The battle sprawls from search engines, to office suites, and now the video services are becoming the new focal point of the conflict.On the Google side of the line is the reigning king of video sharing services, YouTube.  In Microsoft's corner is the up and coming Soapbox.  Both services have a few unique twists, but at the end of the day they're just different takes on the same concept.  Microsoft and Google aren't the only two players present, however.In fact, there are numerous sites following the 'me too' business model, but... Read more...
Perhaps based on the brouhaha over the iPhone battery replacement plan, which some have said, because it was not unveiled until after the iPhone went on sale, is "lawsuit-worthy", AT&T is making sure you know absolutely everything about your iPhone bill - such that the bills themselves run into so many pages that forests are being threatened.  As you enjoy your weekend, ponder this bit of humor: while the iPhone may be the master of the digital experience (for now), dead trees come in for a flogging, as AT&T's iPhone bills are quite impressive in their own right. We're starting to get bills for the iPhone here at Ars, and while many of us have had smartphones for some time, we've... Read more...
I'm sure you've heard about the price drop that was just announced for the Xbox 360; the Xbox 360 Premium model has dropped from $400 to $350.  However, more quietly, Microsoft has also added a freebie into the mix - a hardware refresh that includes an HDMI port, previously available only on the Elite model.  This was rumored at first, and now has been confirmed. Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday the existence of newly updated Xbox 360 units that include HDMI support. The news comes amid reports that new machines are now available in stores coinciding with today's price drops. The company denied comment on the port addition to cheaper Core models not to mention the rumored cooler running processors.... Read more...
If you’re an Xbox 360 owner and you’re looking for a place to download more of your favorite shows and movies, then you may want to look into CinemaNow.  A recent update to their software package has enabled more than 7000 videos to be downloaded and viewed by Xbox 360 owners: “CinemaNow Inc., the premier online destination for downloadable Hollywood movies and TV shows, today released an upgraded version of its 'Media Manager', a proprietary software application enabling the download, management and playback of video content. CinemaNow video downloads are now directly accessible by networked Xbox 360 users, and its Burn-to-DVD service is now compatible with Windows Vista users worldwide. This... Read more...
A Microsoft investigation of the Xbox has turned out to be favorable to existing owners of the system, and to those who wish to grab one in the future. In light of the results of the inquiry, which revealed a number of factors that contribute to the infamous overheating problems of the Xbox, Microsoft today announced that it will extend the Xbox’s warranty to three years for particular hardware failures. Also, Microsoft has made improvements to the console and will compensate customers who have already paid for hardware repairs (the dreaded three-flashing-lights problem). As a result of the frustrating problems that some customers have faced, Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment &... Read more...
Valve Software just released some cool images of the cover artwork for the 'Orange Box'.  Here's what the packaging is going to look like for the PC, XBox360, and PS3 version of 'Orange Box', which includes Half Life 2: Episode 2, Portal, and the much anticipated (and very cool looking) Team Fortress 2...       No final word on a ship date, but the 'Orange Box' is supposed to arrive sometime this fall.... Read more...
The least Hot Hardware in the world might be your set-top cable box. It unscrambles your signal and changes the channel. The FCC thought it would sex up the lowly technology and spur competition by requiring set-top boxes be configured to allow the end user to purchase the box, with an installable card supplied by the cable provider to make it go.  But the law of unintended consequences kicked in. The retail market for set-top boxes is essentially non-existent, and now cable companies say they must raise prices on all those rented boxes to cover the cost of the more expensive hardware. Cable-trade groups have said consumers would see $2 to $3 more in monthly rental rates for the new boxes,... Read more...
Yes, literally speaking, Microsoft has made an announcement to deal with the Xbox 360’s chronic overheating problems by enhancing the level of cooling in the Xbox 360. Microsoft has installed a new heatpipe and heatsink to cool the AMD Xenon chipset in the console. The new heatpipe and heatsink will reduce overall case temperature and prevent the dreaded, so called “red ring of death,” an indicator that one’s system has croaked from heat stroke. However, it’s unclear whether Microsoft will include such cooling solutions in new units, or just in units that have been shipped to them for repair. The Xbox 360 has been notorious for its high rate of failure due to heat, especially those that... Read more...
Major League Baseball is joining the growing ranks of companies who are less than enthusiastic about the "placeshifting" feature.  Here's a tidbit from Ars Technica: "Like other professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball is jealous of its content. The latest company to come under its scrutiny is Sling Media, makers of the Slingbox television place-shifting device. According to The Hollywood Reporter Esq. (subscription), MLB is upset that fans can watch out-of-market games via the Slingbox, calling the device illegal." So what's the big deal?  Well it seems that MLB and other media organizations want to have some control over what various markets watch, and of course what they pay... Read more...
The Folding@Home team is constantly striving to add support for more devices to join the good fight against diseases ranging from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's.  First they added support for alternative OSes, then video cards, and now a second gaming console, the Xbox 360, looks like it has a fair chance at showing its processing muscles off. The PS3’s in the distributed computing project has Xbox 360 owners curious if and how well their consoles would work on Folding@home. Peter Moore, VP of Microsoft’s entertainment division, recently addressed that issue saying, “We continue to look at this and see whether there’s real value,” adding that Bill Gates “quite frankly has had a conversation about... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting that the Xbox 360 is about to get a web camera, and that it will be initially used for instant messaging: "Microsoft will provide the Xbox 360 spring update access to Windows Live Messenger with people able to console themselves by chatting to up to six folk at once while playing games or watching movies. The software will allow people to use existing relationships on Windows Live Messenger. The chat function will work by using either the Xbox 360's virtual keyboard or a USB keyboard connectde (sic) to the console." While chatting is great, there would seem to be other... Read more...
Starting the week of May 7th, Xbox 360 users will have access to Windows Live Messenger features, and be able to taunt their friends seamlessly. Here's a pic of the QWERTY beast you can do it with: Members of the six-million-strong Xbox Live community currently send more than two million text and voice messages a day and can now use Windows Live Messenger to text chat with up to six people on their contact list at one time, while playing games, listening to music, or watching movies. Text chat adds to the variety of options friends and families already have to communicate with on Xbox Live, including voice and video chat.... Read more...
When going to a party, it's customary to not show up empty handed.  Depending on the type of party, a cake, pastries, a bottle of wine or maybe even your favorite beer are all acceptable items to bring as a gesture to the host, thanking them for the invitation.  When it comes to a LAN party, however, the term 'customary' can take on a totally different meaning. With LAN Parties, it's more about the guests getting to show off their system's performance, their superior gaming skills or the beauty of their custom built dream machines.  Yes, there may be an overdose of caffeine related items, but in the end, it's all about bragging rights... Read more...
So, does the popular gaming magazine confirm the rumors of a new Xbox 360 version? According to some leaked scans, yes it does. The new Xbox 360 Elite is expected to come in black, with a 120GB Hard Drive, HDMI output, and a $479 price tag. It's also rumored that once the new Elite's sell out, the hardware will replace current Premium systems, minus the black case. "Considering the number of corroborating rumors it seems likely that at least a few of the details, like price and HDMI inclusion, will indeed become reality. Until an official announcement is made, however, nothing can be confirmed, and Microsoft once again declined to comment on the speculation of an Elite edition."... Read more...
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