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.
Sir Lagzalot from the Halo 3 forums made a post where he claimed to be working for Comcast. Furthermore he claimed to use his notably high level of access to get revenge on some Xbox live players who were DDoS-ing his 360 while he was trying to play.
If you're an avid fan of the Halo franchise, you are no doubt awaiting the release of the Legendary Map Pack. While there is still a little less than a month to wait (April 15) before it is launched, Bungie has decided to stir up some excitement by letting you download their Heroic Map Pack for free.
This one off pop machine was designed for Bungie to help them celebrate the milestone that was Halo 2, but it never got used. Well, now they’ve had the whole team sign it and are selling it for charity with all of the proceeds going to the Make a Wish foundation.
Like I said, the team never used it, so it’s more or less brand new, save for the small amount of dust that might have built up on the machine. The current bid is $15,000 if you want this literally one of a kind machine.
Shipping is free if you can pick it up in Kirkland, Washington, otherwise it ranges from $200 to $2000 depending on where you live in the continental US, and if it has to leave that are either to hit Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico, or worse yet, internationally, I’m sure those shipping costs spike up quite quickly. They did use it a few times to test it and make sure it worked, and it does, but that’s it, so, fire up your bank accounts. I wonder if it comes with a case or two of Mountain Dew’s Halo Game Fuel drink?