Xbox One: Living Large In The Living Room

Finally we can retire all those silly code names (Durango, 720, Infinity) and focus on Microsoft’s next living room titan, the Xbox One. The styling of the system itself is surprisingly straightforward, but it’s what’s inside this black box that promises excitement. The specs: Blu-ray drive, 500GB hard drive, 8GB of system memory, USB 3.0 ports, an 8-core CPU and HDMI in/out ports. Each system will also come with a new version of the Kinect camera featuring improved voice recognition and a revised controller (better D-pad, but no touch screen). HD Skype calls will be ready to go, as well as a new partnership with the NFL for fantasy football lovers. The system will be sold “later this year” at a price point to be determined. 15 Xbox exclusive games are expected within the first year, and everything Call of Duty will arrive on the Xbox One first. Nothing was said about whether the new console will require an “always on” internet connection, but some sources have us concerned about backwards compatibility and used games.

Xbox SmartGlass App

Even with a 60″ TV, there are still those times when you need a second screen. Maybe you’re playing a game and you don’t wanna clutter up the plasma with a map, or maybe you’re addicted to touchscreen functionality and you just constantly need to swipe stuff. Either way, Xbox SmartGlass is the app that turns your mobile phone or tablet into an intelligent companion, letting you further interact with TV shows, movies, music, sports and games with interactive companion guides, behind-the scenes commentary, and real-time game strategy. It’s also one more way to avoid your girlfriend’s nagging!

Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set

Based on the Jean-Claude Van Damme film of the same name, the Street Fighter video game franchise has punched its way into the hearts of gamers the world over (through the sternum, obviously). Hadouken the comprehensive Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set ($149, Xbox 360 or PS3) into the face of the Street Fighter fan closest to you. The set contains plenty of numbers: sixty four pages of art, eleven discs of Street Fighter music, four Street Fighter games for current generation consoles, and two discs of blu-ray documentary. Also, one each of the following: a full size Ryu belt, a light-up Ryu statue, a certificate of authenticity, and a massive lady/man-boner.

Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars

The circle is now complete as Xbox 360 fulfills its destiny with the Kinect Star Wars console bundle. Originally advertised as an Episode 1 theme, market testing found that gamers couldn’t resist strangling the Jar-Jar Binks styled Xbox. Microsoft opted instead for a white Kinect sensor, sleek R2-D2 textured Xbox, and polished C-3PO flavored controller for all your human-Xbox relations. The package also includes the Kinect Star Wars game, finally giving you an outlet to practice your best Star Wars kid impression. Pre-order the original Kinect Star Wars pack now for $449 before George Lucas decides to tamper with it.

Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth

The Xbox 360 has been out for more than 6 years, and now, finally, here is a Microsoft-branded, Bluetooth enabled headset for the Xbox. This means you can talk recyclable trash to your friends as you pump them full of hot lead, and within a split second, press a button on the earpiece and be chatting it up with the pizza delivery guy.

The $59.99 headset comes with a micro USB charging cable, three sizes of ear gels, and it reportedly lasts for up to 8 hours of talk time. Check out a site like headphonage.com for a good headset that complements the game in a way that most gamers never experience!

Now, what you don’t wanna do is mistakenly tell the pizza guy you’re going to empty out a clip into his sorry ass if you catch him near you again. Unless of course, it’s Papa Johns. They tend to like that kind of tomfoolery.

Kinect Sports: Season Two

Get your game face on, and get ready to break a sweat with the new and improved Kinect Sports: Season Two. Think you’re the master of all things sports? Think again. With Season Two, you have six sports to master (football, baseball, golf, skiing, tennis and even darts). But you won’t become a pro sitting on the couch with the control in one hand and a burrito in the other. Season Two will get you off your outta shape a— to actually play the game. You’ll even be video-taped while you’re doing it, even more reason to put down the burrito. And the coolest features? You can talk your way through the menu options, so even “Gram Gram” can play the game without worrying about pressing buttons.