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X360 Shortage Over and Spring Lineup

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Posted by Jeremy on March 22, 2006 9:34 AM
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Microsoft yesterday announced that the Xbox 360 shortage is over with weekly shipments now double or triple previous shipments. As Joystiq points out, it took 119 days for the shortage to end. In other X360 news, MS has announced the Spring lineup of games and is bragging that Xbox Live has surpassed the 10 million download mark. They are quick to point out that the mark was reached faster than Apple did with its iTunes downloads. The three big Spring games to keep an eye out for: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Tomb Raider: Legend, and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. But perhaps I'm most excited for Uno to debut on Xbox Live Arcade. Keep reading for the full list of Spring games...

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Microsoft Announces Xbox 360 Spring Games Line-Up

Xbox Live on Xbox 360 Speeds Past 10 Million Downloads

London, UK 21st March, 2006 ? Microsoft today provided details on the new games and entertainment experiences available to gamers this season.

"With 80 games available worldwide by June, and new content and experiences coming to Xbox Live all the time, there has never been a better time to own an Xbox 360" said Peter Moore, Corporate Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft.

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 "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games), an Xbox 360 console exclusive with beautiful next generation graphics and a huge world to explore, "Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter" (Ubisoft) the latest version of the successful Tom Clancy series that once again pushes the boundaries of multiplayer boundaries on Xbox Live, and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend" (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 "Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting", "Uno" and the free full version of "Texas Hold 'Em Poker" by Riverbelle.

Great titles that gamers can expect this season include:
# 2006 FIFA World CupTM (EA SPORTS)
# Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (Electronic Arts)
# Blazing Angles Squadrons of WWII (Ubisoft)
# Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts)
# Dynasty Warriors? 5 Empires (KOEI)
# Far Cry Instincts Predator (Ubisoft)
# FINAL FANTASY? XI (Square Enix, Inc.)
# Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft)
# Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend (Eidos)
# The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2K Games)
# The Lord of the RingsTM The Battle for Middle Earth IITM (Electronic Arts)
# The OutfitTM (THQ)
# Top Spin 2 (2K Sports)
# Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (Rockstar Games)
# Rumble Roses XXTM (Konami)
# X-Men: The Official Game (Activision)
# Football Manager (Sega)
# Moto GP 2006 (THQ)
# Test Drive Unlimited (Atari)

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 "Project Gotham Racing? 3," including exciting cars and achievements. Fans of "Perfect Dark ZeroTM" will have access to additional content, including downloadable multiplayer maps. Additionally, the unique experience of "KameoTM: Elements of PowerTM" 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 centre 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 - 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 "Battlefield 2: Modern Combat" game demo (Electronic Arts), the "Burnout Revenge" game trailer (Electronic Arts), and the "Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Horse Armor Pack" (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games) which will all be available this spring on Xbox Live Marketplace.

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About Xbox and Xbox 360
Microsoft revolutionised the gaming industry with the November 2001 launch of Xbox? (http://www.xbox.com), its first-generation video games and entertainment system, now sold in 26 countries. Microsoft launched its next-generation system, Xbox 360, in Columbia, Europe, Japan, Korea, Mexico and North America. The system will be launched in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan in 2006. Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com/xbox360) is the most powerful video game and entertainment system, delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox Live online gaming service, and unique digital entertainment experiences that revolve around gamers.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Project Gotham Racing, Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo, Elements of Power ,and Rare are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. or Rare Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries.

Rare Ltd. is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp.
The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.






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