If the new Xbox 360 redesign tickles your fancy but the gloss black casing leaves you afraid of fingerprints, you probably need Microsoft's new Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo: Reach Bundle. Arriving on September 14th - alongside, unsurprisingly, the game itself - the bundle includes a special silver paint-job, two matching wireless controllers and a wired headset.
Bungie's ultimate Halo franchise is nearing an end, as the final title in the sweeping saga is set to release later this year. And while it may not feature the series' main protagonist, there's no doubt that the game has players all over the world waiting with pent-up anticipation. There's an open Beta starting May 3rd, so hopefully you're getting ready for that. But, if you're more interested to see what the final product will launch in, Bungie has pulled the curtain off the three editions.
It's Friday night, and you're probably out doing something else right now. Then again, if you're reading this, maybe not. Unless you've got one of those fancy things that gives you the Internet in the palm of your hand. Then hopefully you've been taking SlashGear all over the place with you. In any case, welcome to the Daily Slash, where we bring you the best of the 'net. First up, in the Best of R3 section, we've got the HTC Hero getting a new leak; the iPad feels a sizeable Quake; and AT&T is trying to change a few things. And then in the net, we pull up a good old story that just won't die about Halo; a Chinese chess set perfectly placed in the digital age; bad news for England; and finally, a litter box of the future.
Bluetooth headsets might be associated with spreading legislation demanding hands-free use of cellphones, but the short-range wireless technology also has a more entertaining use: A2DP wireless stereo. SlashGear has been testing out Jabra's HALO headset, a set of folding stereo headphones that promise not only hands-off voice calls but wire-free music too. Check out our full review after the cut.
Around the time of this year's E3, back in June, there was some good and bad news delivered regarding one of the quintessential video games to grace consoles in recent times: Halo. With the announcements of Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach came the good news; but then Lars Bakken, Senior Designer over at Bungie Studios, made some comments regarding the final days of the Halo series, with regards to Bungie's involvement. He basically said that Reach was the studio's final Halo game, much to the dismay of the gaming world (or at least Halo's fanbase).
I'm a sucker for a full-sized vehicle replica, which is why I'm madly jealous of OXM's Alistair Wallis. He was invited to test-drive the full-sized Warthog made by New Zealand firm WETA for the Neil Blomkamp Halo movie pitch. While the pitch wasn't successful, WETA certainly was in their build, hence the monster you see here.
One of the headline features of the New Xbox Experience is the ability to load games onto the 360's hard-drive rather than run them from the disc. That's intended to speed up load times and avoid frustrating drive noise. However it seems that not every title stands to benefit from the system in the same way: in Halo 3, for instance, loading from the hard-drive actually makes things slower.
If you find yourself needing to get your hands on all things Halo, then you'll be pleased to hear that Ensemble and Microsoft Game Studios announced today that Halo Wars will be released in February of 2009 and will be available in both a standard and a Limited Collector's Edition.
You can pre-order the game now, so if you absolutely must get it the day it comes out, you'll be set. Plus, you'll get an in-game extra: a Warthog with flaming decals. Are you excited yet?
Microsoft announced the latest instalment of the popular Halo franchise, Halo 3: Recon, at a Japanese event today, promising the Xbox 360 game would hit shelves in the Fall of 2009. In contrast to Halo 3, the Recon game will star an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper instead of Master Chief and document the events leading up to the previous title. Bungie Studios, who were responsible for the first three titles in the franchise, are behind this latest instalment.
Check out the Halo 3: Recon trailer video after the cut
I know that it might come as a shock to some people, but I'm not a huge Halo buff. Don't get me wrong, the games are great in their own respect, I just don't have the time or desire to spend hours honing my FPS skills anymore. Getting pwned and t-bagged by 12 year olds really isn't my idea of fun, which is why I play a respectable game like WoW where that never happens in the battle grounds when a stupid rouge stealths up behind you....what was I talking about? Anyway, those of you that are looking for some extra Halo 3 XP might do well to hop on for a few hours today.