Microsoft says more than 1000 Xbox 360’s will be demonstrated in retail stores from February 2006, paired up to high-definition Samsung plasma displays.
It couldn’t provide an exact preview release date or comprehensive list of participating stores, but said that all the usual major suspects – read Harvey Norman, Electronics Boutique etc – will provide the action, which will have to tide folks over until the official 2 March 2006 release date.
Game titles for the demonstration units will include Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo: Elements of Power, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and NBA Live 06.
Punters are “Encouraged to familiarise themselves with the new features of the console, such as the console navigation blades and multimedia functionality”. Doubt they’ll need to be asked twice.
The Xbox 360 will be launched in two versions. The Xbox 360 Core System includes the console, composite AV cable and wired controller for $499. The Xbox 360 ($649) includes the console, 20GB hard drive, media remote, wireless controller, component high-definition cable and Ethernet cable.