360 Getting Renamed? Or is it the Next Xbox?

A picture showed up at the doorstep of your favorite CAGCast, suggesting that the Xbox 360 was in for a name change.

Other news sites have picked up the story, suggesting that it may be the code name for the “Next” Xbox, others think it could be the revised name for the New Xbox Experience. Remember, when it was announced, it was hailed as the first time a console would essentially relaunch itself, entirely through software. Why not give it a new name, when you do?

The memo does note something about “metal plates” – an easy way to cover one name up with another. And calling this one “Xbox Pure” may alleviate the console naming and numbering scheme down the line (we’ve all heard 720 and all of that jazz…). Still, I’m more inclined to agree that it’s a working name for the next generation of hardware. We’ve all grown fond of the new Xbox Experience – if they really wanted to brand it as an entirely new thing, they would’ve been hyping up that name long before now.

I’m sure the discussion is well under way at sites like CAG, so rather than asking what you think, I’d say go join the discussion over there! Think of this as a PSA, helping to spread the word, and let’s thank places like CAG for being able to uncover some of the things they do!

Family Friendly games help Xbox 360 Fight Global Recession

Found this fascinating piece of news today, at The New Zealand Herald. This kiwi paper is reporting that more and more games are becoming family friendly, and Xbox 360 is helping to lead that charge with increased sales in the region. From the article: “More than 70 per cent of all software titles sold now fall into non-restricted age categories and genres.”

VideoGamer.com uses decveptive headline to nab hits! Halo on the PS3?

See that tiny picture of that big idiot? That’s James Orry. He writes for VideoGamer.com. He wrote an article about the upcoming multiplatform game “Sky Gods.” The article is headlined: “HALO insertion game confirmed for PS3, 360, and PC.” While HALO is a term used for parachute deployment, and the like, using the word “Halo” in the video game industry causes specific expectations. Using “Halo” and “PS3” in the same headline? Simple hit-grabbing.

The game looks good enough without James’ lame attempt to steal headlines. Leave marketing to the professionals.

Like to gamble? Get a 360 for $149.99!

Trusted source C|NET put up a quick article letting people know that they could pick up a Premium Xbox 360 for as little as $149.99! Trouble is, they are refurbished systems. They may have a few scuffs, and who knows how long they will last? It’s still a pretty penny for a lot of uncertainty, but they do offer a 14-day DOA Protection Guarantee.

The website is a little confusing, as it lists another 360 for $189.99 – that one specifically notes that it includes a hard drive. The “Premium” listed at $149.99 does not specifically mention the hard drive. Perhaps a call to customer service will be in order to anyone planning to buy one, but the site itself is notable for getting liquidation stock, and should have no true intention of scamming you, unlike the yet-to-be-shutdown RefurbishedWiis.com (no hyperlink being provided).

Seems like the perfect option for those looking to void their warranty with some sort of fun case mod anyways… note that these are NOT the HDMI version of the console.