Microsoft officially announces Star Wars themed Xbox 360

As rumored earlier this month, Microsoft has announced that it plans to release a Star Wars themed version of its Xbox 360 console to help support the release of the upcoming game Kinect Star Wars. Today's press release stated that the Xbox 360 Star Wars console will have a blue and while color scheme similar to Star Wars' famed droid R2-D2. It will also come with special Star Wars themed sounds and a 320 GB hard drive inside.

The Xbox 360 Star Wars console will be sold in a special bundle that will include a white version of Microsoft's Kinect motion controller camera and a gold colored version of the Xbox 360 controller made to look like the color of R2-D2's droid companion C3PO. Finally, the bundle will come with a copy of Kinect Star Wars. The game, set during the prequel movie time period, will have the player take on the role of a Jedi Knight. The player will play the game using the Kinect controller to do things like fight with light sabers, use Force powers and more. The bundle will also come with another Microsoft published Xbox 360 game, Kinect Adventures.

According to the press release, "the Xbox team worked closely with LucasArts to ensure the Kinect game and Xbox hardware faithfully captured the details, characters and themes of the Star Wars universe." Pricing for the Xbox 360 Star Wars bundle was not announced. Kinect Star Wars will be released by Microsoft, developer Terminal Reality and co-publisher LucasArts later this fall.

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Bit of an odd choice for a special addition console surely, can we move on from Star Wars already? How about a Transformers special addition console, bit more relevant!#

Why not make it look like a little R2-D2? As a PS3 owner I would be all over finally purchasing a 360 if it looked like R2-D2. /sigh

Soulsiphon said,
Why not make it look like a little R2-D2? As a PS3 owner I would be all over finally purchasing a 360 if it looked like R2-D2. /sigh

It does? Or are you talking about shape?

Dinggus said,

It does? Or are you talking about shape?

The shape! People have been doing PC case mods forever and I have to think it would cost some Chinese factory pennies to knock out a R2 form for the Xbox

Shiranui said,
I saw the original Star Wars in the cinema in 1977. Please let the franchise die now Lucas, you one hit wonder.

It's his Franchise, Lucas can do as he please with it. Don't like it tough. calling him a one hit eh? think you can do better.

Sub_Zero_Alchemist said,

It's his Franchise, Lucas can do as he please with it. Don't like it tough. calling him a one hit eh? think you can do better.

OK, two-hit-wonder - American Graffiti was OK too.

Shiranui said,
I saw the original Star Wars in the cinema in 1977. Please let the franchise die now Lucas, you one hit wonder.
Like it or not, the franchise is huge, and there will be more evidence of this when The Old Republic comes out.

As for being a one hit wonder, that's just being silly. Episodes IV, V and VI were awesome (with episode V being 12th on IMDB's top 250 list, and IV being 16th) and you also appear to be forgetting the Indiana Jones films, one of which also entered the top 250 list. Granted, he's had a couple of films I didn't enjoy (namely Episode I, and the latest Indiana Jones film) but to call him a one hit wonder?

Joseph B said,
I like how they stick the Kinect out in front as a marketing tactic to... "PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD BUY IT."

You make it seem as though they are having a hard time selling Kinect. False.

Alladaskill17 said,

You make it seem as though they are having a hard time selling Kinect. False.

They are having a hard time selling it to the hardcore audience, which is who this Star Wars 360 is pretty much being aimed at.

Fidel Sarcastro said,
Red Ring Of Deathstar
I was about to say, I hope they made it all cool when it inevitably dies.

Xero said,
I was about to say, I hope they made it all cool when it inevitably dies.

Too bad, for you maybe, that the new 360S doesn't suffer from RRoD problems.

The odds of this RRODing are 360-1
The only thing i dont care for are the controller and the game, everything else is cool. Although the probability of hearing R2's beeping on startup, and the sound of R2 geting hit with a Restraining bolt on shutdown could get annoying

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
The odds of this RRODing are 360-1
The only thing i dont care for are the controller and the game, everything else is cool. Although the probability of hearing R2's beeping on startup, and the sound of R2 geting hit with a Restraining bolt on shutdown could get annoying

That's only if you press the power button itself

chAos972 said,
Ew, design team on lunch break?

They have a video of it up close, it actually looks really cool, and the little details make it better. The metallic paint has been worked in such a way as to provide an illusion of depth, even when looking at it from different angles. The power and eject buttons, when pressed, make a R2 sound instead of the normal "Ping" and the inside of the disc tray reads "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."

Sraf said,

They have a video of it up close, it actually looks really cool, and the little details make it better. The metallic paint has been worked in such a way as to provide an illusion of depth, even when looking at it from different angles. The power and eject buttons, when pressed, make a R2 sound instead of the normal "Ping" and the inside of the disc tray reads "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."

Got a link to this video?

Sraf said,

They have a video of it up close, it actually looks really cool, and the little details make it better. The metallic paint has been worked in such a way as to provide an illusion of depth, even when looking at it from different angles. The power and eject buttons, when pressed, make a R2 sound instead of the normal "Ping" and the inside of the disc tray reads "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."

where is this video you talk off!