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E310: The New Xbox 360 S Consumes 50% Less Power

That didn’t take long.

Microsoft’s latest Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 S, has been torn down and tested. With a new 45nm chipset that houses the CPU, GPU and eDRAM, the Xbox 360 S consumes half the power of previous generation Xbox 360 consoles.

Idling, the 360 S consumes roughly 70.4 watts while previous gen 360 consoles have …

E310: The New Xbox 360 S Can’t RROD

While the new Xbox 360 S technically cannot RROD, it doesn’t mean it’s incapable of breaking down. The slimmed down version is ~17% smaller than the previous generation Xbox 360. Overall dimensions and weight are as follows:

Xbox 360: 310 x 80 x 260mm at 3.5kg (7.7lbs)
Xbox 360 S: 270 x 75 x 264mm at 2.9kg (6.4lbs)

According …

E310: Death Match: PlayStation Plus x Xbox Live Gold

Since the PS3’s launch in 2006, Sony has touted the value of the third generation console’s bevy of free features compared to that of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold subscription membership. Well, that doesn’t matter anymore now that Sony has their own paid subscription model that is set to roll out on June 29.

Here’s how …

Hands-on with the Kinect

The big story on Day One of E3 2010 was the Xbox 360’s motion capture gaming device, the Kinect. Eager crowds jammed their faces up to a row of Plexiglas chambers, as demo guys showed off new titles for this ground-breaking entertainment experience.

One of the most impressive titles was Kinectimals. A demo guy stood in front of …

E3 2010: What We’re Looking Forward To

One of our Techland colleagues who shall not be named asked, “Is it bad that I don’t know what E3 is?”

Sigh.

Well, not really. But, it does make Peter and I a bit sad. So, if there’s anyone else out there who needs a quick primer, then you should know that E3 stands for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. For about 15 years, …

E3 2010: Microsoft’s Project Natal Renamed And So Much More

At a fancy pre-E3 kickoff event, Microsoft officially unveiled Project Natal as Kinect with the help of Cirque Du Soleil. They not only renamed their controller free motion control system but they also revealed a catalog of titles that will launch with Kinect. The aptly named Video Chat feature was also shown off tonight that allows you …

Is Microsoft’s Zune Pass Too Expensive?

In an interview with Bloomberg, senior product manager for Zune Terry Farrell apparently hinted that Microsoft might lower the price of Zune Pass. There’s no direct quote in the interview from Farrell, so I’m skeptical of whether or not Farrell even hinted at it. The only direct quote from Farrell mentions how challenging the space …

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