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XBOX 360 Wireless Headset - $59.99

XBOX 360 Wireless Racing Wheel - $149.99

XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver - $19.99
Still no word on the XBOX 360 HD DVD drive

Although many were expecting for Microsoft to announce pricing on its highly anticipated external HD DVD drive for the XBOX 360 at the 2007 Games Convention in Leipzig, it was not to be. As a consolation prize, however, Microsoft has announced pricing and package details for a number of other peripherals for the XBOX 360 gaming platforms -- many of which were first announced at E3.

First up is Microsoft’s $19.99 XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. This unit plugs into a USB 2.0 port on your PC and allows you to use your XBOX 360's wireless peripherals in Windows-based games. It will be available in late December.

Next is the XBOX Live Vision camera which will be available in two separate packages. The first package, which will be available for $39.99, will include the Live Vision camera, one month of XBOX Live Gold and full versions of UNO and TotemBall. The $79.99 XBOX Live Video Chat Gold Kit will include a Live Vision camera, one year of XBOX Live Gold, 200 Microsoft Points, an XBOX 360 headset, and full versions of UNO, TotemBall and Robotron. That is quite a deal considering that one year of XBOX Live Gold is $50 by itself.

Also on tap is the $149.99 XBOX 360 Wireless Racing Wheel which comes with a limited edition force feedback version of Project Gotham Racing 3 and the $59.99 XBOX 360 Wireless Headset. Both will be available in November.



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Jeez
By Josh7289 on 8/23/2006 12:53:54 PM , Rating: 3
Everything is so expensive. O.o;;

Glad I don't have a 360! ;)




RE: Jeez
By anonymo on 8/23/2006 1:13:24 PM , Rating: 3
1 day of work for the force feedback wheel with PGR3 is quite good in my books


RE: Jeez
By feelingshorter on 8/23/2006 2:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
That racing wheel would be great to play games like GT3 (which I would spend that much money on). PGR3 isnt all that.


RE: Jeez
By tuteja1986 on 8/23/2006 6:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
Forza 2 , Burnout revenge 5 and Wheel = AWESOMENESS :) i was listening to 1up podcast and they really liked the Wireless Racing Wheel ;)


RE: Jeez
By glennpratt on 8/24/2006 11:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, try Forza. Easily the most fun I've ever had with a racing game.


RE: Jeez
By noxipoo on 8/23/2006 3:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
wish i made that much in a day :(


RE: Jeez
By glennpratt on 8/23/2006 4:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
$19/hr? If you work long you will, but by then you wont appreciate it, it's a nasty cycle.


Worried about performance...
By therealnickdanger on 8/23/2006 2:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
Wireless is cool, but when I played Ninja Gaiden on my Xbox360, the wireless controller couldn't keep up with the combos as well as the wired one. The wireless Xbox360 controller is by far the best wireless controller I've ever used - and is fine for most games - but games that require split-second timing (like Ninja Gaiden) simply can't be enjoyed without the cable. With a game like Forza2 (which is the only reason I'll buy the wheel), where physics and control are so vitally important, I want the wire option...




RE: Worried about performance...
By Trisped on 8/23/2006 3:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
You really like the 360 controller that much? I thought the N64 controller had better accuracy, even if it was a bit limited.


RE: Worried about performance...
By camcheline on 8/23/2006 3:18:36 PM , Rating: 2
Is it just me or is the wireless headset outrageously priced. That's 3 times the price of the wired headset. That's a huge difference. Even the expensive wireless controllers are $50 and then difference between the wired and wireless is 10 bucks. Wish it was the same case with the wireless headset. That would put it at half the price that it is!!!!!!!!


RE: Worried about performance...
By glennpratt on 8/23/2006 3:36:46 PM , Rating: 2
He said it was the best wireless. I don't see how the N64 is better anyway since rumble was an add on and using the single analog stick was akward at best. 2 triggers + two analog is the way of the future IMO. I can't play racing games without triggers or a wheel.


By therealnickdanger on 8/23/2006 5:19:47 PM , Rating: 2
As someone stated below, I was referring only to wireless controllers.

The perfect controller would combine the original Xbox (Duke, Fatty) thumbsticks and triggers, Xbox Controller S button layout, and the SEGA Genesis D-Pad.


By Burning Bridges on 8/23/2006 3:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
the wireless controller couldn't keep up with the combos as well as the wired one.

I also found this to be true with my wavebird for the GC, and I know of people complaining of similar issues with Logitech (among other brands) wireless mice on PCs


manual transmission
By kevinkreiser on 8/23/2006 3:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
i realize this is probably really niche, but i have been waiting my whole life for a racing wheel that has manual transmission capability. i want to be able to shift for real in nfs etc.




RE: manual transmission
By rrsurfer1 on 8/23/2006 3:30:37 PM , Rating: 2
Na, I think this control should have both that and pedals, get the full experience.


RE: manual transmission
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/23/2006 3:37:48 PM , Rating: 2
It comes with pedals


RE: manual transmission
By MonkeyPaw on 8/23/2006 3:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like there are paddle shifters. Close, but not quite what you're asking for. Maybe it will be a $50 wireless add-on later. ;)


RE: manual transmission
By Aquila76 on 8/23/2006 4:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
Logitech is coming out for one with a shifter for the PC.

It's a Logitech G25; here's a pic:
http://pics.bbzzdd.com/users/Aquila76/Logitech_G25...


RE: manual transmission
By isaacmacdonald on 8/23/2006 6:12:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the mad catz wheel for the original XBOX had a stick on the side for shifting. Sadly the precision on the wheel was astonishingly bad--nothing like the old, and considerably cheaper microsoft sidewinder wheel.

I look forward to real force feedback (as opposed to random vibration), and hopefully precision that at least approaches what I expect of my own car.


W00t!
By Xenoterranos on 8/23/2006 12:45:31 PM , Rating: 2
I can finaly use my wireless controller on my PC!
And for only 20 bucks..I was expecting 39.95 minimum on that one!




RE: W00t!
By MercenaryForHire on 8/23/2006 1:58:05 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, but not till December? Come on, it's not like it's a complex piece of hardware we're talking about here, it's an RF-to-USB bridge.


RE: W00t!
By rrsurfer1 on 8/23/2006 3:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, it's probably a single-chip solution. Very simple. Seems like a long development period for something so basic. The truth is, even at only $20 they're making a killing.


RE: W00t!
By LtFarva on 8/23/2006 3:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
And yet, the 360 wi-fi adapter is $99.99
Slightly more complicated yes, but $80?


RE: W00t!
By BZDTemp on 8/24/2006 9:50:09 AM , Rating: 2
Remember the link cable for the original XBOX!

They sold a $1 network patch cable for like $20 or more!


Wheel + Forza 2
By glennpratt on 8/23/2006 1:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
Wheel + Forza 2... yummmmmmmm.




RE: Wheel + Forza 2
By anonymo on 8/23/2006 1:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
I totally forgot about Forza!! SHWEEET!


RE: Wheel + Forza 2
By miahallen on 8/23/2006 3:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
Especially if it really is "force feedback", while I can't understand why they wouldn't make it fully force feedback compatible, everything I've read so far has said force feedback was still one of PS3's arguments for racing fans, because the 360 doesn't support it...BUT I HOPE THIS REPORT IS CORRECT!!!

Forza 2 plus a FF wheel would be about as real as it gets!


RE: Wheel + Forza 2
By glennpratt on 8/23/2006 4:21:31 PM , Rating: 2
It's real force feedback, rumble on batteries, you plug the wall wart in to get force. I don't know if you read, but it comes with a limited PGR3 Force Feedback edition.


keyboard & mouse
By kitchme on 8/23/2006 1:18:50 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe there's no point to it, but I'd love to see keyboard and mouse released for consoles as extras. I find it difficult to play FPS on consoles (compared to PC gaming) with a gamepad. On the other hand, sport games on consoles using gamepad are perfect.




RE: keyboard & mouse
By glennpratt on 8/23/2006 2:27:45 PM , Rating: 3
Well, I think it does give a little unfair advantage and I don't want to have to buy one to compete. I like consoles because I don't have to sit at a desk, I can sit back on the couch with 3 other people playing if I like. Doing that with a keyboard+mouse would be a pain and ultra nerdy.


RE: keyboard & mouse
By Trisped on 8/23/2006 3:11:39 PM , Rating: 2
Just plug in a USB keyboard and mouse. It probably doesn't work in games, but I have used it for putting in those 20 digit codes for redeeming points and such.

So, I see the head set, but nothing explaining what it comes with. I see the explanation on pricing and content for the Camera, but no picture. Is that all there is or did we miss something?


Wireless Wheel + PC Receiver = Less Clutter?
By Aquila76 on 8/23/2006 1:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
Does the wheel work with the receiver? That would prevent me from having to have two hulking racing controllers in my living room.




By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/23/2006 1:51:43 PM , Rating: 2
yes


By glennpratt on 8/23/2006 2:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
sweet. I'm pretty much sold on the wheel. PC support is a great idea, I don't want a pile of controllers becoming useless then the 360 is replaced.


Wireless Gaming Receiver
By bunnyfubbles on 8/23/2006 2:34:42 PM , Rating: 1
Now does this support multiple connections (4 controllers)? I'd assume so but I didn't see anything for or against in confirmation...




RE: Wireless Gaming Receiver
By tuteja1986 on 8/23/2006 8:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
XBOX 360 can support about 32 WIFI controller support.


Headset
By epsilonparadox on 8/23/2006 12:45:06 PM , Rating: 2
I can't wait for the wireless headset. Hopefully it doesn't force me to keep changing a recharged battery every two hours.




Nice stuff...
By XtremeM3 on 8/24/2006 1:26:01 AM , Rating: 2
I'm actually suprised it's take this long for the wireless headset to come out.

The steering wheel will be nice. Although paddle shifting takes some getting used to (at least it did for me in the real world - I have an smg trans) It's cool and all, and after practice you learn how to move your hands/arms efficiently but at first it's frustrating and awkward. Once you have it down though you can really haul ass and make your shifts almost without thinking.
That being said, I would like to see an actual 5/6 speed shifter available, that would be cool.

I was hoping to see a keyboard and mouse listed here as well. While I agree it will give an advantage in FPS, that's kind of why I want it. I would lose the comfort of kicking back in the couch playing, but it would be nice to do some serious gaming with a keyboard/mouse combo. BOOM HEADSHOT!!

Man it seems like every other day MS is announcing new stuff for the 360. I can't wait to see what's coming out 2 days from now. :)




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