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Lenovo to launch their own game console called eBox…competition for XBOX 360 / PS3 / Wii?

In a move that will put them in direct competition with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo (although in China only at the beginning), Lenovo announces their entrance on the game console market with a new console called eBox (xBox knockout anybody?) we find in an article in The Wall Street Journal. Not only that, but it look like the new game console will feature a technology similar with XBOX 360 Kinect to provide a controller free experience.

The development will be performed by a Lenovo spin off company called Beijing eedoo Technology Ltd.

No other details are available though we would like to know how many horse power (or Gigahertz) the beast will have under its cover. Also interesting to know if what kind of developer support will Lenovo able to secure and what type of DRM protection will the box contain. Chinese made devices (and the Chinese market as a whole where piracy is rampant) aren’t famous for their security and this particular aspect would make the big gaming houses reticent to release their games for the new platform.

Microsoft launches Kinect Beta program for XBOX 360 console

Some lucky enough gamers started to receive invitations to a  Kinect Beta program, according with the gaming blog Joystiq. There is not a lot of information yet, and not a word if the beta program will include the Kinect hardware, but one can always hope. The invitation states only that it is “a unique opportunity to see pre-release software.”

Kinect is a “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience” by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 console” and it is scheduled to be released in time for the holidays, however you can pre-order it already at major stores including Amazon.

Xbox 360 4GB announced for August 3rd at $199, also part of a Kinect bundle

Microsoft just announced the release of their new slim XBOX 360 console without a hard drive but with 4GB memory included. The new console will sell for $199 and should be available for shipping on August 3rd. Kinect ready, of course. But that is not all: just in time for the holidays, Microsoft will release a new Kinect bundle that will include Kinect controller, Kinect Adventures game  and the newly released 4GB XBOX 360 console, for the round price of $300 (or $299 if you like). Kinect bundle should start shipping in November.

On a related news, starting today Kinect controller is available for pre-order at Amazon for $149 with free shipping and no taxes in most states.

Sony PS3 gets 2010 exclusivity for Hulu Plus

Long live the exclusivity game…not! As an answer to Netflix exclusivity for XBOX 360, PS3 is enjoying exclusivity for Hulu Plus so the world is in balance again. Hulu Plus is available only for the ones that signed for Playstation Plus as well for now, but soon the availability will be extended to every PS3 owner with an internet connection (and living in US, of course). The monthly price is set at $10. The only question that remains is: Will the XBOX 360 get Hulu Plus on a DVD ? 😉

Now that Sony got the exclusivity, wouldn’t be a nice gesture to offer the standard Hulu for free? After all, they certainly have the software available.

See the full press release after the break. Read More…

Kinect available for pre-order at Walmart for $149

You did not expect it so soon, did you? Well, Kinect for XBOX 360 is here for $149 available for pre-order from Walmart. The posted shipping date is 11/04/2010 just in time for the holidays. Also available is a Kinect Bundle starting at $199 with the choice of a Kinect game plus an additional game and a Walmart $30 gift card. Same delivery date.

Are you excited? Do you consider the price to be high? Low? Just Right?

Kinect is widely considered by analysts to help “re-launch” the already old console and drive sales further, generating up to a billion in extra hardware revenue and also boost XBOX Live income as well. Read More…

$29.99 only for TRENDnet Wireless N Gaming Adapter TEW-647GA

Update: The price is up again!

Amazon has the highly rated TRENDnet TEW-647GA Wireless N Gaming Adapter for only $29.99 with free shipping and no taxes in most of the country (until the next vote changes that). Very low price considering the cheapest found on Google Products is $48. And it works with XBOX 360, so you won’t need to spend all your hard earned cash on the expensive Microsoft wireless adapter.

  • Use it to connect your game console to a high-performance wireless-N network
  • Play online or connect multiple (and different) consoles to play head-to-head
  • Works with Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 and 3, Nintendo Wii , Xbox , etc
  • One-touch Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Hulu launches $9.99 monthly premium service called Hulu Plus

Heavily rumored for the past several weeks and widely expected, Hulu just announced the launching of a new premium tier for $9.99 a month. The new premium plan will allow subscribers access to  an entire TV season. The free tier will also be still available.

Hulu Plus will initially be available on Apple’s iPad and iPhone as well as XBOX 360 (early 2011), Samsung TV and Blu-ray players and Sony PS3, TV and Blu-ray players and Vizio. Initially the service will be rolled out based on invitations.

Check after the break for additional images / video. Read More…

Deal of the day – XBOX 360, 2 games and $50 credit for $149

Amazon is trying to clean up the inventory to make space for the new XBOX 360 slim version. Right now, if you are OK with the current XBOX version, they have the Arcade on sale with 2 games (“Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts” and “Viva Piñata.”), $50 Amazon Video Game Credit for $149 with free shipping and no taxes in most of the country. This is the lowest price I have seen for this package.

What’s in the Box

  • Xbox 360 Console
  • Viva Piñata (Rated “E” for Everyone) / Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (Rated “E” for Everyone)
  • Xbox 360 wireless controller
  • Xbox 360 Composite A/V cable
  • Xbox LIVE Membership
  • ESPN comes to XBOX 360

    Microsoft just announced during today’s E3 2010 session that it has signed a deal with ESPN to bring ESPN 3 live and on-demand to XBOX 360 Live service in all its HD glory. Among the content available for streaming you will find Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NBA, college footbal and basketball, etc. A total of 3500 events will be available. The ESPN streaming will be compatible with the new Kinect (marketing name for Project Natal) (assume voice control for surfing, chat during live events, etc). The EPSN 3 programming will be free to the Live Gold members. Do you still think Live Gold membership is expensive?

    Natal is now Kinect…and uses the Force!

    The Microsoft’s Project Natal has a new marketing name and is Kinect. During last night’s E3 startup, Microsoft unveiled their new name and demoed several games that will launch at the same time as the controller free controller (sic) around holidays (November). Kinect is expected to sell standalone, compatible with the existing XBOX 360 systems or in a bundle, maybe with XBOX 360 Arcade and including several games developed specifically for the new system. Games currently in development and expected to release by the end of the year are Star Wars that it looks like will allow you to dodge laser beams and use the force and light sabers, Kinect Sports featuring, you guessed, interactive sports such as boxing, bowling, soccer, table tennis and beach volleyball, Dance Central, Kinect Adventures (featuring water rafting simulation), Joyride (racing) and animals training and petting – Kinectimals.

    Sporting also a camera, Kinect will be capable of video-conference as well, although is unclear if this feature will be available at launch or not and if it will be proprietary or will support popular clients such as Skype. It will be interesting to see how Kinect will fare against the immensely popular Wii, especially since it will require an add-on which by some reports could go as high as $150. But think of the possibilities! You’ll be forced to get up from the coach and move your body :). Check after the break for some new pictures. Read More…