Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Inventory Surge and Spring Games Lineup
REDMOND, Wash. â March 21, 2006 â Microsoft Corp. today announced the broader availability of Xbox 360â¢ consoles and provided details about the new games and entertainment experiences available to gamers this season.
Beginning this week, Microsoft will distribute two to three times the number of Xbox 360 consoles to the retail channel weekly. With component supplies in full production and third manufacturing partner Celestica Inc. now producing the next-generation console along with partners Wistron Corp. and Flextronics Corp., Microsoft is producing more Xbox 360 consoles than ever.
âToday we have turned a major corner,â said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. âWith more consoles on their way to retail, 80 games available by June, and new content and experiences coming to Xbox LiveÂ® all the time, there has never been a better time to own an Xbox 360.â
Blockbuster Games on the Way
The Xbox 360 games portfolio expands this spring with new next-generation titles from leading developers and publishers that cater to every genre, age, skill level and budget. Gamers can choose from a range of truly next-generation games such as âThe Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivionâ (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games), an Xbox 360 console exclusive with beautiful next-generation graphics and a huge world to explore; âGhost Recon Advanced Warfighterâ (Ubisoft Entertainment SA), the latest version of the successful Tom Clancy series that once again pushes the boundaries of multiplayer boundaries on Xbox Live; and âLara Croft Tomb Raider: Legendâ (Eidos Interactive Ltd.), the next-generation debut of the very popular Lara Croft series.
In addition, new titles are coming to Xbox Live Arcade all the time, including âStreet Fighter II: Hyper Fighting,â âUnoâ and the free full version of âTexas Hold âEm Pokerâ by Riverbelle. Great titles that gamers can expect this season include these:
Â· â2006 FIFA World Cupâ¢â (EA SPORTS)
Â· âBattlefield 2: Modern Combatâ (Electronic Arts Inc.)
Â· âBlazing Angelsâ (Ubisoft)
Â· âBurnout Revengeâ (Electronic Arts)
Â· âDynasty WarriorsÂ® 5 Empiresâ (KOEI)
Â· âThe Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivionâ (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)
Â· âFar Cry Instincts Predatorâ (Ubisoft)
Â· âFINAL FANTASYÂ® XIâ (Square Enix Inc.)
Â· âGhost Recon Advanced Warfighterâ (Ubisoft)
Â· âLara Croft Tomb Raider: Legendâ (Eidos)
Â· âMajor League Baseball 2K6â (2K Sports)
Â· âThe Outfitâ¢â (THQ)
Â· âRockstar Games Presents Table Tennisâ (Rockstar Games)
Â· âRumble Roses XXâ¢â (Konami)
Â· âTop Spin 2â (2K Sports)
Â· âX-Men: The Official Gameâ (Activision)
In addition to new games, consumers can extend the experience of existing Xbox 360 titles with new downloadable content available on Xbox Live Marketplace. Microsoft Game Studios confirmed new content for âProject Gotham RacingÂ® 3,â including exciting cars and achievements. Fans of âPerfect Dark: Zeroâ¢â will have access to additional content, including downloadable multiplayer maps. In addition, the unique experience of âKameoâ¢: Elements of Powerâ¢â will be extended through new online cooperative gameplay options and exciting new costumes for Kameo and her warriors.
Xbox Live Digital Content Distribution Sets Records
Xbox Live Marketplace, a digital download center freely accessible to any Xbox 360 owner with a broadband connection, has reached more than 10 million downloads faster than iTunes did when it launched. In fact, more than 85 percent of connected Xbox 360 consoles have already downloaded content from Xbox Live Marketplace â everything from game demos and arcade titles to premier movie trailers and music videos.
Xbox 360 will continue to deliver new online gaming and entertainment experiences including the âBattlefield 2: Modern Combatâ game demo (Electronic Arts), the âBurnout Revengeâ game trailer (Electronic Arts), and the âThe Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivionâ Horse Armor Pack (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games), which will all be available this spring on Xbox Live Marketplace.
About Xbox and Xbox 360
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