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Microsoft surprises at E3 with new Xbox 360
Posted on 15-Jun-2010 14:13. | Tags Filed under: News.

Microsoft surprises at E3 with new Xbox 360
To kick-start its presence at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft Corp. world premiered Kinect for Xbox 360, formerly known as “Project Natal,” in a live performance imagined by Cirque du Soleil.

In addition to Kinect, Xbox showcased “Gears of War 3” and “Halo: Reach.”

Microsoft also surprised everyone with a new Xbox 360 console. Back in black, the new Xbox 360 is sleek, and silent. It connects through built-in Wi-Fi N and store twice as many games and entertainment on a 250GB hard drive.

The newly designed console is whisper-quiet, so the silent tension of a game or movie is never broken. The new Xbox 360 system also comes with everything you need to get started, including an Xbox 360 wireless controller, Xbox 360 headset, HDMI output, USB flash drive storage capabilities and more.

The new Xbox 360 ships to retailers in the U.S. now with a $299.99 price tag. New Zealand availability is planned for 9th July and NZ$499 suggested retail price.

“At Microsoft, we believe fun is a universal magnet, uniting us and connecting us all together,” said Don Mattrick, senior vice president for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “We believe interactive entertainment is the greatest form of all entertainment, and it should be open and approachable to as many people as possible. It is this belief that led us to remove the last barrier between you and the entertainment you love. By making you the controller, we will transform how you and your friends experience games and entertainment.”

The Kinect for Xbox 360 brings roaring rapids, wild tigers, mountainous obstacle courses and zooming racecars to living rooms in North America on 4th November and will roll out to the rest of the world thereafter. Kinect for Xbox 360 tracks your body movements and gestures. It even understands your voice.

Kinect also puts your favorite movies, television shows and music at your fingertips. Jump right into a movie in instant-on 1080p HD2 by simply saying “Xbox, play.” Browse a selection of millions of songs with just a wave of your hand. Kinect instantly makes playing games, watching movies and listening to music more fun and interactive than ever before, and it is available only on Xbox 360.

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