CES 2010 Xbox news

 

 

With CES 2010 officially underway, Microsoft kicked off the show with their annual Keynote tonight.  During the keynote, some Xbox 360 news was announced. Allow me to sum it up for you:

 

We now have over 39 million Xbox 360’s around the world. Since launch, over 500 million games have been sold generating 20-Billion dollars in sales.

 

Between Christmas and New Years, Xbox LIVE experienced it’s busiest weeks ever, welcoming a new member every second and recording over 2.2. million concurrent members online.

 

This Spring, the first Modern Warfare 2 content packs will be available exclusively first on Xbox LIVE.

 

Later this Spring, ‘Game Room’ will come to Xbox LIVE. This is a destination for the classic arcade games.  You can buy once and play on both your Xbox 360 and Windows PC. A new game will be released every week. You’ll be able to invite friends through Xbox LIVE and share your custom arcade and show off your personal collection.

 

Project Natal is coming this Holiday 2010

 

Keep an eye on Inside Xbox for more details on all of the above.

Comments

  • stststststq

    “First off why are all you losers talking up ps3 like its the greatest thing since sliced bread when half of ya have a 360 gamerscore of over 50000”

    It happens all the time on here. The PS3 has nothing like Game Room, which will have over 1,000 titles released for it. Instead you have to walk around HOME and queue up to play a choice of about 5 different games. The PS3 doesn’t even have cross-game chat yet, never mind 1080p video streaming with 5.1 audio (PSN HD videos have stereo sound FFS, lol), no voice messaging, party mode, rep system etc. etc. but still these clowns are never happy. If the PS3 is that great, why do you even have Live Gold subs? Just play on the PS3 instead. The reason you don’t, is cos you know it sucks big time. It took 7 patches just to get Modern Warfare 2 working. LOL. One thing I’ve realised is, when it comes to MS, they could give away free 24 carat gold controllers and people would still moan that it’s not 25 carat. It’s just the way it is on here.

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  • davidkenobi

    DarkGin87 => there’s some rumors about joy ride for the end of the month, as it was scheduled for “holiday season”, but nothing we can really affirm. Joy Ride is really a weird thing in the communication process. We never really know why it has been so delayed ! Anyone know something ? Planning issues, dev issues ?

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  • itsNOTa2mur

    lets all cry because people want money for goods instead of handing us free stuff. they dont owe you anything for being a customer. you pay, they give stuff. Obviously that formula works.

    get a life.

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  • Phantaxus

    If I pay 40 points to play a game will I be able to buy it for the remaining 200 if I like it?

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  • LittleBlueAlien

    @itsNOTa2mur – stop being a schmuck. Microsoft charges for absolutely everything and anything on Xbox. Considering the ridiculous price required to upgrade a hard drive or a obtain a wireless connector – I think it’s VERY fair that we should get SOMETHING for free for a change.

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  • CARNAGE RULES

    @LittleBlueAlien

    That’s because you’re an idiot… …and still a D!ck.

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  • Freaky Priest

    I’ve got enough money for my gaming needs because I don’t have any other hobbies at all. But I still think MS ist way too greedy.

    Except for the last weeks the deal of the weeks were totally crap stuff for old games that no one will ever play again or crap arcade games that suck.

    Games on Demand is a great thing, but the prices are ridiculous. I think about 99% of the gamers can wait one day for the same game on disc for about a third the money.

    At least the noticed that 1200 or 1600 points is way to much for the average arcade game.

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  • The Phazer

    Has there been a worse idea in gaming history than the Game Room? A really inefficient interface to get to a collection of ancient games that are incredibly expensive to play and buy. Yeesh. I can go to steam and buy every game on it for a fiver.

    I really hope not much developer time was spent building it, because there are so many things in desperate need of attention on the Xbox that would actually make money that would have been a strategically wiser move.

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  • EveofLight

    20 Billion dollars in sales, but yet you can’t make the Live service for free :}

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  • wolfzero01

    the game room could have been a great idea, except for the pricing. 40pts per play, is that for each time you want to play or is it like for 24hrs. also 240-400 pts for old Atari & Intellivision games is a bad idea. as others have pointed what about games like Dig Dug, Pac-Man, Galaga that might end up in the game room, will you have to buy these again or be charged to play them.

    you guys really need to look at the pricing on Live & realize that it is getting way out of hand with the gouging of you customers.

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  • itsNOTa2mur

    Well i have enough monmey for the stuff that I want. I mean really who wants to buy and old Atari game? Someone who REALLY likes that crap. I would never buy one. But if i were into it I would pay that. These things arent gonna sell like hot cakes no matter how low the price is. There is infinite supply and very little demand so its not like it hurts anybody to just pay the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Wow, I was stoked about Game Room until I saw the pricing. Now I’m fairly certain I’ll be staying away from it. Let me put this in perspective: For Christmas, after years of hearing my elderly mom complain about her Atari 2600 breaking many years ago, I purchased my mom a refurbished Atari 2600 Jr. (Rainbow) system with a spare controller and paddle controllers, as well as 22 games, including some which are difficult to find, and I spent a total of $115 for it all which included buying the adapters to hook it up to a coax input on a standard TV.

    I spent less than $1.75, average, per cartridge, excluding the rare ones which would likely not be on Game Room anyway. Pitfall cost 79 cents IN BOX with the manual. Why, on earth, would I want to pay $3 to emulate it on my 360 or $5 to be able to emulate it on both Xbox and PC? 50 cents for one play is only 29 cents less than I paid for a real copy of the original cart.

    Honestly, I want to know why this is even being offered as it completely takes away from Xbox Live Arcade. Look how many retro-arcade titles are already there (SF2, TMNT, Smash TV, UMK3, etc, etc). Why do we need a second place for retro arcade titles when we already have a perfectly fine place for them?

    This is nothing but another bogus money grab by the masters of nickle-and-diming consumers to death. It may not be “legal” but, legality aside, explain to me why I should choose to pay these exorbitant prices over using something like MAME32 or Stella.

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  • Anonymous

    One other bit of perspective to prove this pricing is way out of whack:
    We know Centipede will be one of the launch titles on Game Room. Centipede released in arcades in 1980. You want us to spend $3 to $5 on it depending on the various systems we’d like to play it on. By way of comparison, I can pay a flat $9.99 for Final Fantasy 7 from Sony and play it on both the PSP and the PS3 at no additional cost. I’m not trying to say one is superior to the other, but it’s hard to logically comprehend 5 dollars for a 30 year old game versus 10 dollars for a 13 year old game.

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  • CARNAGE RULES

    Once again the comments are all about the notes. Everyone in here complaining about the high prices, listen up. If you’re complaing about the prices you’re not supposed to have it. Sorry, not EVERYONE is meant to own EVERYTHING. I know most of you are probably lower class and unable to afford the few dollars we’re talking about and like I said it’s okay. Not all of us can own a Ferrari and there is nothing wrong with riding the bus. p.s. What does it look like inside one of those things?

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  • stststststq

    @Captiosus77 – And how much are classic old school games on PSN? Joust is $4.99. Q*bert is $4.99. Neither have trophy support and I don’t think either has a demo either. How dare they charge so much for old games when FFVII is only $9.99!!! People who are making out that the grass is greener on the other side are living in a total fantasy world. There’s 275 games on Xbox Live, all with demos, achievements and custom soundtrack support. There’s about 120 on PSN, about a third of which have demos, not all of them with trophies, virtually none with custom soundtrack support, and there are many examples where the exact same game costs more on PSN than it does on Live.

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  • DavidGX

    The thing is a “home” ripoff and the games are WAY overpriced. I’m getting really annoyed with all this garbage, microsoft.

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  • stststststq

    This is nothing like HOME. You don’t walk around with your avatar in this. In HOME there are a handful of game cabinets that you have to queue up to play, compared to 1,000 that will be launched for this and this has achievements, cross-platform support with the PC and the ability to invite your friends to play games that you’ve bought. If this annoys you, get a PS3. Then you can avoid Game Room. Mind you, anyone with a fully functioning brain can choose to not use or pay for services they’re not interested in on the 360 too, which includes Game Room and its associated games.😉

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  • Skunk175

    Is there any reason why you need a seperate game to access MORE games, when you can’t just use Live Arcade?

    And you’re re-releasing games that some of which are ALREADY on Live Arcade, for nearly the same price.

    We already have many “retro” games on Live Arcade, including a ton of Namco titles, and ports + remakes of many of the Atari games on it, so why does it need to be accessed via more menus and in game avatar movement?

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  • Anonymous

    – @CARNAGE RULES – Wow, you should be banned from making comments here and on the official xbox forums until you learn to not be a presumptuous ass. Fact of the matter is, I fail to understand why we should be charged 3 to 5 times more than the GOING RETAIL PRICE for a 30 year old console game. The only thing you prove with your blather is the simple truth that a fool and his money are easily parted. Feel free to spend outrageous amounts on these titles. Meanwhile, I’ll spend a fraction of what you’re paying to play the console-based titles on their ORIGINAL systems. No potential problems with poor emulation there. (And, for the record, I haven’t been on a bus since 1985 and the interior of my 1986, two owner, Porsche 928 is well maintained.)

    – @st^repeating: I’m certainly not saying PSN is much better. Joust at $4.99 is a joke too and I’d make the same argument to them that I’m making here. However, Microsoft, over the last year, has been far more egregious with their money schemes on the 360 than either Nintendo or Sony have been. The only proof you need of this fact is how they continue to charge three times over market value for their storage solutions and then SHUT DOWN any other storage solution, including third party VMUs that had been out since damn near day 1. Now they want us to happily pay $3 dollars for games I can find in a bargain bin for less than that? Granted there are some exceptions of games that I would look into, Simpsons Arcade and X-Men Arcade.. but as I pointed out, I can already play those on MAME32 using an Xbox 360 Controller, or, even better, an X360 Hori Fighting Stick for TRUE arcade feel, for free.

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  • itsNOTa2mur

    @CARNAGE RULES I agree.

    If the price is too much, don’t buy the damn thing. Don’t come here and spread your sad penny pinching crap.

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  • ForAllTheCows83

    Not happy about the pricing, but then again I wasn’t a fan of avatar items, the price of download games and incomplete titles that bring out marketplace downloads a week later. Since they have all been a success no doubt this dumb idea will make MS a mint as well. I’m not quite there yet, but perhaps more insults like this will spawn the movement back towards PC gaming?

    Or better yet, when there is a HTPC capable of playing games at high res in the loungeroom (for a decent price)🙂

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  • ForAllTheCows83

    Also, when it says 2010 holidays, is that Christmas 2010 or summer holidays 2010?

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  • stststststq

    Captiosus77 – How much are your legal MAME ROMs costing you? Oh wait, you’re probably just downloading them illegally off the web, right? It’s like complaining that iTunes charge too much for an album because you can download it from a torrent site for free. As for the price of accessories, you’re just shifting the argument to something else you’re not happy about. Unofficial memory cards allowed people to cheat, boost gamerscore and so on. I’m glad they blocked them. You’re a few years too late with the “expensive accessories!” thing though, or is that the best you could come up with, cos obviously, you can’t actually be happy with your console and enjoy it. There always has to be something to moan about right, even if you have to regurgitate old complaints, lol.

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