Star Wars Xbox 360 console announced

Microsoft is producing an exclusive Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 to accompany the release of Kinect Star Wars this year. The eye-pleasing box is inspired by iconic characters R2-D2 and C-3PO, and includes the Kinect device and game.

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Star Wars fans, you've had some tough times in recent years. There were the prequels, then that cartoon movie. And the zombie trooper book? We understand. But R2-D2 and C-3PO are still undeniably iconic, which may be why Microsoft chose to model an Xbox 360 after the famous droid-buddies, to be released this November alongside Kinect Star Wars. Microsoft's Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) shows off the slick new hardware.

The system itself is styled after R2-D2, complete with his coloring and blue paneling. The controller is inspired by his counterpart, C-3PO, and is fluent in six million forms of communication. The included Kinect device is a special edition white version to imply Stormtroopers.

It all makes for a pretty impressive package, but it comes at a premium. The package will cost you $449.99--a good deal more than you have to shell out for a standard Xbox 360 these days. However, there's quite a bit included in the box, in addition to the special edition console and controller:

  • Kinect Star Wars game
  • 320 GB Hard Drive
  • Xbox 360 Wired Headset
  • Kinect Adventures game
  • Exclusive downloadable content

If you're a Star Wars fan with almost five hundred bucks sitting around, you can pre-order it now from participating retailers.

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    July 21, 2011 11:40 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Star Wars Xbox 360 console announced.

    Microsoft is producing an exclusive Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 to accompany the release of Kinect Star Wars this year. The eye-pleasing box is inspired by iconic characters R2-D2 and C-3PO, and includes the Kinect device and game.

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      July 21, 2011 11:42 AM

      Man this game is probably going to be garbage but that does look cool.

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        July 21, 2011 2:14 PM

        Dunno why it'd be garbage. It's an xbox 360 inside just like all the rest.

        I think it looks ugly as sin, but I'm sure there are people that will love it.

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          July 21, 2011 2:21 PM

          They are saying the GAME is going to be garbage... not the branded console (which they like).

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          July 21, 2011 2:22 PM

          hes saying the game will be garbage, not the console itself.

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      July 21, 2011 11:48 AM

      Hah, the power on and tray eject sounds are great
      http://traffic.libsyn.com/majornelson/SWConsolePower.mp3
      http://traffic.libsyn.com/majornelson/SWConsoleTray.mp3

      Speaking of Xbox and Star Wars, Major Nelson did an awesome interview with Anthony Daniels a while ago: http://majornelson.com/cast/2011/04/03/show-393-carnival-games-monkey-see-monkey-do-c3po/ starts at 50:22

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      July 21, 2011 12:07 PM

      I don't think the price is really that high. Why? A XBOX 360 with 250 GB HD and Kinect is $399.99.

      This is $499.99 but its a bigger hard drive (320 vs 250), two games vs 1 game, and the custom paid job and downloadable content. The price seems right in line to me.

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        July 21, 2011 12:19 PM

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        July 21, 2011 12:21 PM

        Yeah I don't really know what Steve was trying to say? It's a shame it's a kinect only bundle, maybe?

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          July 21, 2011 12:32 PM

          Well, I was comparing the price to the lower-end Xbox 360s, so if you just want a 360 that plays 360 games, you can get one for much cheaper. If you want an *awesome* Xbox 360 with a bunch of stuff in the box, this seems pretty sweet.

          It's too bad I own a 360 already. I can't see buying a whole new system, even if the Star Wars motif has a direct line to the joy centers of my brain.

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      July 21, 2011 12:21 PM

      So if it RROD's, does it make the Millenium Falcon "It's not my fault!" *jeeb-jeeb-jeeb* hyperspace noise?

      I kid. I have two Xboxes and they are like family to me.

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      July 21, 2011 12:50 PM

      how about a fucking HK-47 themed one with KOTOR 3? oh wait, kotor3 is cancelled. GREAT CALL MOTHERFUCKERS.

      kotor2 was in 2004. holy shitfuck. who the fuck decides to cancel an IP franchise like that? someone that should be drawn, quartered, and then burned, that's who.

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      July 21, 2011 12:56 PM

      Great color scheme.

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      July 21, 2011 1:51 PM

      I am praying for a RRoD on my console around the time this comes out. Please give me a reason to get this.

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      July 21, 2011 3:01 PM

      Well like they did with the Halo or whatever console looks like there'll be a larger HDD SKU within a year as well as a 320 GB HDD to be sold to replace the 250 GB.

      They'll probably let the 250 GB stocks dwindle before unleashing the 320 GB model so there might be a fire sale of remaining 250 GB ones when the bigger one comes out.

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      July 21, 2011 3:27 PM

      Oh god damn this thing was targeted at me and my wife even loves how it looks. I could always sell my current Kinect to get some cash back....

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        July 21, 2011 9:25 PM

        Haha, I was waiting for your post on this. I agree...if I can find someone to buy my current 360 off me I would be sorely tempted...

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      July 21, 2011 5:57 PM

      It's too bad a they can't make a good game based on 2001:A Space Odyssey. A bundle with a console modeled after the HAL 9000(along with HAL's voice prompts) would be awesome and scary at the same time.

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      July 21, 2011 6:23 PM

      wonder if it RROD would it make a sound too ?

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