This morning I noticed some very interesting changes to the Magic: The Gathering Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace web page. These changes seem to indicate Microsoft is getting ready to start allowing customers to purchase Xbox Live Arcade games with credit cards.
Thanks to the ever reliable Japanese Xbox Live Deal of the Week page we now have a preview of next weeks deals:
After Burner Climax will be on sale for 400 MS points for a 50% savings.
Death by Cube will be on sale for 400 MS points for a 50% savings.
Rockman 10 (AKA MegaMan 10) will be on sale for 400 MS Points for a 50% savings.
Scrap Metal will be on sale for 800 MS points for a 33% savings.
Team Xbox has posted an image claiming to be the Xbox 360 peripherals.
I looked at the picture closely and discovered two interesting thing that nobody else seems to be talking about:
- Xbox logo on controller acts as 4 buttons
- Xbox remote control has a power button
Both of these, if true, are awesome. Imagine being able to switch to any of 4 predefined views in a racing game. No more pressing black 4 times to get to the view you want to only to pass it and have to press the button a bunch more times.
Connecting an Xbox to a Media Center PC will finally be practical. With a power button on the remote it should now be possible to replace a DVD player, CD Player, MP3 Device, and a TIVO with an Xbox.
Lately Ive heard various internet rumors surrounding the official name of Xenon, the Xbox follow on. The most rumored names are Xbox 2, Xbox 360 and Xbox Next, with Xbox 360 being the preferred name.
The reasons given for Xbox 360 vary, but the most prevalent ones include, Brand testing group feedback:
- 3 needs to be in the name to equate Xenon with PS3
- A revolution is 360 degrees, e.g. Nintendo Revolution the Gamecube follow on
Xbox 360 seems logical when you look at the evidence. With Xbox 360 Microsoft can kill 2 birds, or in this case competitors, with one stone.
Personally I cant stand the name Xbox 360. Hoping to squash these rumors once and for all I did a little detective work. I checked the domain name registration for each of these names and found some interesting results:
- xbox2.com – NOT registered to Microsoft, coming soon page
- xbox360.com – NOT registered to Microsoft, website not found
- xboxnext.com – REGISTERED to Microsoft, website not found
Im betting somebody registered xbox2.com in an attempt to profit from Microsoft.
Now Im not a betting man, but I would definitely go with Xbox Next as the official name for Xenon. Of course, I could be wrong and Microsoft could be in the process of buying Xbox360.com. This would explain why xbox360.com is not found, but if that is the case then why would Microsoft register xboxnext.com?