Xbox owning Americans have been thrilled to enjoy the benefits of Netflix on the Xbox 360’s. Soon we’ll get some streaming music with the Last.fm service, as well as lots of social networking addons this fall. Still, we’ve seen a lot of jealousy when it comes to Sky TV in the United Kingdom.
While we have no clue as of a timeline, it’s clear that, for about a year now, Microsoft has been working with AT&T in North America to look at the possibility of bringing AT&T’s U-Verse TV to the Xbox 360. Why do I say it’s been in the works for a year? Because nobody at Microsoft would even MENTION it if it was supposed to be a super-secret. If they’re talking about it, it must be coming along. So, even though we haven’t heard anything like “we’ll see it this holiday season,” like we expect to see the other social networking addons, this was clearly far enough along that Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment &Devices Division, felt comfortable enough to talk about it clear back in April of 2009.
Well, there you have it. Nothing to worry about, right!? We’ll have TV streaming to our Xbox 360, perhaps as early as 2010! I’ve never used the AT&T U-Verse TV service, I don’t know how much of my television it can provide for me, but it sounds like a start! A lot of people still believe that a Hulu player, with no additional subscription fee, would be a great addition to the Xbox 360, and I agree. But until then, at least we can recover from the thought that we would never have anything to compete with Sky TV. Microsoft’s next secret weapon to make the Xbox 360 everyone’s “home entertainment device” of choice is clearly being worked on, and will hopefully be available by this time next year!
Microsoft’s own official Xbox.com has confirmed the existence of a $399 250 GB Xbox 360. This is in the form of a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Console. It includes 2 black Modern Warfare 2 themed controllers, the black & custom themed console, the new “no it doesn’t exist” 250GB hard drive, and even a standard edition copy of Modern Warfare 2. Even if you think the price of the console and a controller should be no higher than $300, you’re still getting another controller and a game for what the Elite was priced at less than a month ago.
You can even begin the preorders at Amazon.com. It’s a hard deal to pass up!
The picture above was discovered months ago by the folks at Joystiq. These thigns were wiped from the Marketplace a long while ago. But I figured, with the game launching
soon, they might just reappear. And sure enough, yesterday, they did.
Everyone paying attention to ODST knows that Sgt. Johnson will be available to players in Firefight Mode as a bonus download for preordering. Haven’t preordered the game? Want Sgt. Johnson? Rich? Go ahead, try and download him! “Something Special” – when plugged in to everyone’s favorite search engine, reveals that the “Something Special” DLC is actually none other than Sgt. Johnson – now for the remarkably low price of 99999 . “EN Dolphin Data” has made a triumphant return to the Marketplace, as well, though attempts to download it fail repeatedly. This one is still a mystery.
It should be noted that these items do not show up with the rest of the game’s Marketplace Content.
UPDATE 1: Something popped in to my head today. Will still can’t verify exactly what “EN Dolphin Data” was – but in the recent Bungie Day ’09 Podcast, someone (I don’t recall who) had mentioned that there may be another piece of DLC. Well, nobody specifically mentioned DLC, but they mentioned that there may be a use for your Halo PC “yellow sticker” CD-Keys. I believe he was meaning those keys for the Halo 2 “Games for Windows Live” game, and not just “Halo CE” keys from a decade ago. But the game’s “CD-Key” is, infact, 5 sets of 5 characters (a “5-by-5” if you will)… the same as the codes for the Xbox Live Marketplace. It’s very likely that, whatever this Dolphin Content is, might be unlocked by Halo 2’s CDKey. But what will it be? This 4MB file of “EN Dolphin Data” could be it, but who knows exactly WHAT it is? Perhaps I’ll give that a shot? Looks like it’s still wait and see…
Here’s a whole slew of eye candy for you Beatles fans out there! Desktops of different sizes that you can use on your computer, or even throw on a USB drive and use on your PS3 or Xbox 360! The image above shows a small thumbnail of each picture along with it’s filename.
The files were released in the improper order on TheBeatlesRockband.com’s Pre-Order Club page, but I will try to help clarify when they were released and what’s in each picture (as a Beatles fan)!
July 2, 2009: Wallpaper 1, cloudy dreamscape with logo. Wallpaper 3, the legendary Studio 2 at Abbey road Studios.
July 28, 2009: Wallpaper 4, The Beatles stage for the Ed Sullivan Show.
August 7, 2009: Wallpaper 2, another cloudy dreamscape with the logo.
August 12, 2009: The Cavern Club, where The Beatles played nearly 300 shows.
August 28, 2009: Shea Stadium, where The Beatles broke new ground, selling out an entire stadium, rather than your average concert venue of a theater or club.
Sept 1, 2009: Budokan 1966 in Japan, where The Beatles proved to be a Pacific sensation on top of their trans-Atlantic success. This was their final tour.