A few days ago, images for a new Halo 4 Xbox 360 surfaced on the internet, and then mysteriously disappeared. Of course, this meant Microsoft just wanted to make an official announcement, so…(make sure you act surprised!)
This fall, Microsoft will be releasing a Halo 4 themed Xbox 360! As with most of their special edition 360 systems, the Halo 4 Edition will include a Halo 4 themed Xbox 360 console, a 320 gigabyte hard drive, two Halo themed controllers, and a copy of the regular edition of Halo 4. Much like their other custom consoles, it makes special Halo noises when powering on and when the disc tray is ejected. Additionally, the lights on the console and controllers will glow blue instead of the normal green, and the casing on both is translucent. The system will release alongside the game on November 6 and retail for $399.99.
Can you sense the excitement from all those folks who purchased the plain-looking Halo Reach edition console two years ago? Or the peeps who picked up the Gears 3 set last year? All kidding aside, this console looks the best out of the 3 in my opinion, and hopefully will encourage those folks who have stuck by their old model 360 to finally upgrade to a slim and stop living in fear of three red lights. I’ve always enjoyed the fact Microsoft puts out these cool looking consoles, while my wallet thanks me for the fact that Sony never released a badass looking console inspired by one of their flagship franchises that I would’ve been suckered into buying.
Microsoft’s annual Summer of Arcade promotion is one of their most popular offerings, and Major Nelson today announced the games and prices that will be involved with the promotion for this year:
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will be available July 18 for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15)
- Wreckateer will be available July 25 for 800 Microsoft Points ($10)
- Deadlight will be available August 1 for 1200 Microsoft Points
- Hybrid will be available August 8 for 1200 Microsoft Points
- Dust: An Elysian Tale will be available August 15 for 1200 Microsoft Points
Additionally, if you purchase any three of these games, you’ll get kickbacked 400 Microsoft Points ($5) to use in the Xbox Marketplace.
So, does anyone see three games they’re particularly excited about? Our own Jack Rous is very high on Deadlight. Tony Hawk will be an excellent throwback for fans of the Pro Skater series (y’know, before we needed a terrible skateboard peripheral to sort of control the action). Hybrid is being developed by 5th Cell (best known for Scribblenauts and Drawn to Life), and even though this third-person shooter is quite a deviation from their previous games, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt with their track record.
Source: Major Nelson blog
The version 1.6 update for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is now available for the Xbox 360 version of the game in English territories. Among a slew of bux fixes, the big feature of the new update is the addition of mounted combat. Yup, horse riding just became semi-useful! As of yet, there is no word on when the update will be made available in other territories or on other platforms. Also, mention was made of the fact that beta test invites for the Dawnguard expansion will be sent out early this week as well. Here is the full post, courtesy of the Bethesda Blog:
Beginning on Friday, the 1.6 update for Skyrim became available on Xbox LIVE for English territories. The update adds Mounted Combat, new bug fixes, and support for Skyrim’s upcoming game add-on, Dawnguard.
Once we have details on when the update will be available in other territories, we’ll share more information. Likewise, we’ll be sending out our Skyrim beta details to applicants early this week.
1.6 release notes after the break…
- Mounted Combat – Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse
- General stability and memory optimizations
- General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
- Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks
- Fixed rare crash with lighting
- Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
- Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
- Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
- Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
- Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
- Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
- Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
- Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
- Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
- In “The Break of Dawn” fixed rare issue where Meridia’s Beacon would disappear from player’s inventory
- Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime
- Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
- Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
- Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater
- Fixed issue where map cursor would occasionally disappear after closing a message box with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
- Fixed rare issue with shouts only performing the first level and not other unlocked levels with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
- Fixed issue where the shout buttons would stop working properly if users mashed LB and RB during cooldown with Kinect enabled (Xbox 360)
Anyone out there still playing Skyrim? Mounted combat has been among the most requested features for the game. Excited that it’s finally here? I am a fan of fast travelling personally, but might take advantage of this update to utilize the extra inventory space I get by having an equine companion with me in the field. Well, I will when it drops for PS3, anyway. Confab below, and let us know if you’re jazzed for 1.6!
Source and Image credit: Bethesda Blog