Are you the type of person who likes your ears to bleed while gaming? Well if you are, you'll want to check out the Pioneer HTP-GS1 Surround Sound System for the Xbox 360. According to Pioneer:
Get the sound that game-makers want you to hear.
Designed for exclusive use with your X-Box 360, the HTS-GS1 features a robust subwoofer-receiver, five satellite speakers and a separate display.
It’s the perfect match – sharing the both the look as well as the control buttons of the Xbox. When combined, the Xbox 360 and HTS-GS1 feel – and look – like one complete system.
The HTS-GS1 delivers studio-quality surround sound in your home – optimised for your unique living room conditions, too. Using our proprietary Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration system, the HTS-GS1 will accurately optimise and tune the sound output according to your living room layout. So you’re guaranteed the best sound – regardless of the size of your living room or where you have placed your speakers.
We've seen a lot of buyer's guides out there for HDTV but this is the first one we've seen that has PS3 owners in mind. PS3Land.com has a simple article that helps prospective PS3 owners pick out the right HDTV. The article starts out:
If you truly want to enjoy your PlayStation 3 this November, you’ll want a high definition TV. The games will still look impressive on standard TVs, but to appreciate the jump in visuals from the PS2 and Xbox era, you should look to invest a fair amount in a brand new flat panel.
In this guide, I won’t be talking about rear projection or DLP. My main focus will be on affordable LCD and Plasma TVs. After all, you’ll be spending a lot on the PS3 alone, and for many, that 40” is just out of the question.
I’d just like to make you aware that this guide may be skewed to the European audience. As you’ll see later on, there are some specifications or requirements that may not be the same in North America, for example. However, in general you should be able to get a good idea of what to look for in an HDTV.
Nothing special here but you may want to take a peek if you're interested in gaming with a PS3 on HDTV.
According to GamesFirst, an internal Gamestop email going around has expressed concern over just how many Playstation 3 units they will have available to sell on the launch day in November. According to the email, a single store that received between 50 and 100 Xbox 360’s on the launch day of that console last November can expect to receive no more than 20 PS3 units come November this year.
Isn't it great that a company can hype a release for 2 or 3 years but at actual release they can only come up with a handful of units? Well, they sure know how to work the supply / demand angle.
With the much anticipated release of the PlayStation 3 just around the corner (scheduled Nov. 2006), there's starting to be a long of questions about whether you should stick with the Xbox 360 or jump over to the PS3. Well we found a pretty decent article at VideoGames.Yahoo.com that compares the two game platforms. The article focuses on these areas:
Under the Hood: PlayStation 3
Under the Hood: Xbox 360
The Software Line-Up
Seeing in High-Definition
The Movie Format War
Overall the articles states:
If you want a great platform to play the highest end games right now, then the Xbox 360 is the only choice to go with. Xbox Live is an extremely impressive online service, while the software catalog already contains some must-buys and is rapidly expanding.
If you want a system that doubles as a next-gen movie player, then you need to wait. The PlayStation 3 60GB is the only game system with a confirmed HDMI output and the only one guaranteed to playback all Blu-ray movies in full resolution. Until we hear more from Microsoft, the Xbox 360 can't promise to run HD-DVD content at its intended resolution.
Okay, the Xbox 360 can't really cook an omelete (no opposable thumbs you know), but I bet it does more than you think. Did you know?:
If you don’t have a Windows XP Media Center Edition PC, you can still access some of your content remotely. Download and install the Windows Media Connect 2.0 software to enable sharing on your PC. Once Windows Media Connect is configured, you can stream music to your Xbox 360 and browse photos on your TV screen. For some reason Microsoft hobbled Windows Media Connect support for video playback on Xbox 360, but two out of three is better than nothing.
When it comes to buying an HDTV, there are plenty of guides out there to help you get started. Now, TeamXbox has their own guide for finding the right HDTV. The interesting thing about the TeamXbox article is that it's geared towards finding the right HDTV for your Xbox 360. The article starts:
After the various emails we have received asking for the best HDTV for the Xbox 360, and with CES 2006 around the corner, we decided it was time to publish a guide that covers each major display technology and helps you in acquiring your next high definition TV.
For every technology we explain in this guide, we’ve recommended a specific model being we are constantly asked which television is the best for an Xbox 360 gamer. We have decided to boil it down to the essentials so we don’t just tell you what HDTV to buy, but the reasons why it is a smart choice.
The following guide explains all the different display technologies, major advantages and disadvantages of each, and the preferred room size and price range.
So for those of you playing your Xbox 360 on that old 13 inch Zenith, you might want to check this article out.
If you didn't know, one of the big selling points for the new Xbox 360 is that it's High Definition compatible right out of the box. Of course, that leads to confusion about if you have to have HDTV to use the Xbox 360. ColdForged.org has a really nice FAQ that talks about HD on the Xbox 360:
Q. Will games look terrible on anything but high definition televisions?
A. No, games will not look terrible on standard televisions. Given that the graphics in Xbox 360 games will have greater overall detail in terms of polygon counts and texture sizes, Xbox 360 games will almost certainly look better than games from previous generation consoles, even on standard televisions. As an example, Xbox games look considerably better than, say, Playstation 1 games due to the amount of detail the Xbox was capable of producing in comparison with the Playstation. Similarly, Xbox 360 is more capable of producing detail than any preceding console.
For those of you who weren't about to get out of your warm beds for the Xbox 360 midnight madness sales, you can still order online. Amazon has the Xbox 360 Pro Player's Bundle which includes:
Includes: Two months of rentals from Gamefly.com, a one-year subscription to OXM
Includes: Eight eye-popping "E," "T," and "M" rated software titles
Includes: Kameo: Elements of Power, Project Gotham Racing 3, Perfect Dark Zero: Limited Edition, Quake 4, GUN, Call of Duty 2, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, and Ridge Racer 6
All in all, you'll save more than $60 with this bundle
Includes: Xbox 360 System, additional Wireless Controller, a Play and Charge Kit, a Rechargeable Battery Pack, faceplate
Better order soon since Christmas shortages are planned predicted.
Note: The listing keeps cycling between "Purchasable" and "Not Available", so you'll want to just keep checking back on the link. I'm sure timing will be the key to snagging one of these babies before Christmas!