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Unboxing Live 067: Astro Mixamp 5.8 and A30 headphones

In this episode we give you a look at the Astro Mixamp 5.8, the company's new accessory that allows up to four users to enjoy wireless 7.1 surround sound from their gaming console or PC. The cool thing about the Mixamp is that since it uses 5.8 GHz technology (rather than the overcrowded 2.4 GHz space,) you get nice, clear sound. This means that even late at night, you can mute your surround sound system and just have all the sound sent to the headphones - and it'll even do both game sounds as well as chat. Nice stuff!

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Bleeding Edge TV 370: A Tour of Bungie Studios, the folks behind Halo

In this one we bring you behind the scenes at Bungie Studios in Redmond, WA. Bungie is the maker of the popular Halo series of games, and we were there for an early look at the Halo: Reach Noble Map Pack. We figured we'd get a tour of the place as well, to show you guys just how cool Bungie is. In the video, you get a look at some of the life-sized Halo props and gear, awards they've won, what's in the Bungie rec room (they're huge Street Fighter fans!), and more.

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Playstation Phone spied in Greece

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Codename Zeus, the suspected PlayStation Phone, made its way onto the Internet via a spy video taken in Greece. The Sony Ericsson crossover device is one half Android (Gingerbread) smartphone and one half PSP. The video doesn’t show much, nor does it show the slide out gaming control pad, but from what we can see it looks authentic enough.

Techblog reports that the gaming phone is called the Sony Ericsson Z1. Check out the video after the jump. 

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Wii Remote Plus

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When Nintendo announced Wii Sports Resort at E3 a couple years back, it was in conjunction with the Wii Motion Plus add-on, a Wii Remote attachment that sent  much more precise data about how you were moving the remote to the Wii console. It took them a while, but now you can finally ditch that dongle and go with a Wii Remote Plus controller instead. It's the same Wii Remote that you know and (maybe) love, but with the Motion Plus technology built-in, and that's worthy enough of being included in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. You can get them from Amazon for $38.99, a 3% savings.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Alan Wake Limited Edition sale

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Video Games, Men, Teens, Under $50

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Amazon's got a killer deal on the Alan Wake Limited Edition bundle, and we had to pass it on to you guys as a 2010 Holiday Gift Guide recommendation. Alan Wake is a game that plays like a psychological thriller as you take on the role of Alan, an author who seems trapped in his own tale. The game incorporates elements of an episodic television show as well, and is a nice escape from all the typical casual games and shooters out there. The Limited Collectors Edition includes:

  • Game Disc in box with unique art
  • Exclusive In-Game Audio Commentary and Hints by Remedy
  • “The Alan Wake Files” – a 144pg book that includes a short story written by Alan Wake and compiles the FBI dossiers investigating the events in Bright Falls
  • Exclusive Xbox bonus disc with special content:
  • Exclusive Xbox Theme & Avatar
  • PDLC #1 Token
  • Video Documentaries/Behind the Scenes:
  • The Theme of Alan Wake
  • The World of Bright Falls
  • The People of Bright Falls
  • Alan’s Missions
  • Exclusive Audio Disc with Soundtrack and Score

This set typically sells for $79.99, but Amazon has dropped the price substantially to just $29.99! That's an awesome price for a great game like this one - be sure to check out our Alan Wake review.

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Kinect built with $56 worth of parts

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Microsoft, Video Games

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The amazing Kinect technology sells at retail for $150, but is comprised of only $56 worth of materials. A teardown analysis performed by UBM TechInsights reveals these materials include chips made by PrimeSense Ltd., Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Texas Instruments Inc. and STMicroelectronics NV. 

The technology used to capture motion is done by both audio and infrared. Allan Yogasingam, a technical marketing manager at UBM TechInsights states:

"The future applications of this technology could be fascinating. I can see this being incorporated into televisions—allowing users to chang the channel by waving their hand,  essentially replacing the remote control."

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Kinect for Xbox 360 review

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Kinect has been a product that Microsoft has been betting on and hyping for about a year and a half now, ever since revealing Project Natal at E3 2009. The motion sensing gaming peripheral is finally available, and despite some initial concerns, our minds are blown. Kinect definitely feels futuristic once you start playing around with it, but is it worth the $150 price? Read on for our thoughts and Kinect review.

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Kinect sensor unboxing gallery

We got our hands on the Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 a day before launch, and we've been putting the motion gaming peripheral through its paces for the past five days now in preparation for our Kinect review. It'll be up later today, but in the meantime, we figured we'd share some unboxing shots of the Kinect unit. It's deceptively larger than it appears to be in product shots--it's a substantial piece of technology. It matches up perfectly with the redesigned Xbox 360 S model that was introduced back at E3 as well. Get a look at all the shots in our Kinect unboxing gallery.

Gallery: Kinect sensor unboxing gallery


Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Kinect for Xbox 360

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Microsoft's been hyping up Kinect for over a year now, and the motion sensing Xbox peripheral has finally arrived. Our verdict? We love it, and it feels like the future. If you know anyone with an Xbox 360 console who doesn't have Kinect, then we'd recommend putting this one on your gift list. The Kinect sensor costs $149.99, and includes Kinect Adventures, a disc full of mini-games that let you try out a bunch of Kinect's features. You can also do video chat with other Kinect users and Windows Live users as well, and you get voice control over your Xbox 360. Seriously, this is the video game accessory to have this holiday season--especially during your holiday parties with friends and family around.

Aside from the sensor itself, here are a few Kinect games that we think are worth picking up as well:

Dance Central
Kinectimals
Your Shape Fitness Evolved

Of course, in order to take advantage of Kinect, you'll need an Xbox 360 console. If you don't already have one, Microsoft is selling consoles bundled with Kinect.

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Win one of 300 Halo: Reach Honor the Code kits!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Microsoft, Video Games

We're giving away one of just 300 Halo: Reach Honor the Code kits, created by Mountain Dew. The Honor the Code promotion allows consumers to enter codes from Mountain Dew and Doritos items for a chance to win a bunch of Xbox 360 and Halo: Reach gear. The Honor the Code kit includes:

  • Six unique 20 ounce bottles of DEW, including the exclusive version of Mountain Dew White Out that is available only in this kit. Each bottle features different characters from the game
  • Two bags of Doritos featuring  “Halo: Reach” characters

Of course, the items each have codes you can enter at the Honor the Code website for a chance at all the goods, which include limited edition Xbox 360 bundles, games, and even a Mongoose ATV. So, you wanna win this thing or what? Here's how to enter:

That's it! We will pick a winner at the end of the day tomorrow, October 29th. You've gotta be in the US to win. We've got video of the Honor the Code kit after the break.

Gallery: Win one of 300 Halo: Reach Honor the Code kits!


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