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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