E3 06: Microsoft announces new Xbox 360 accessories

Microsoft preps wireless racing wheel, wireless headset, and video camera for Xbox 360; wireless PC adapter also on the way.

by

LOS ANGELES--Microsoft has new racing wheel, headset, and video camera accessories in the works for Xbox 360 racing fans that have a penchant for online chat, Xbox boss Peter Moore said today at the Microsoft press briefing.

The Xbox 360 Wireless Racing wheel extends the console's wireless controller tradition to steering wheels and offers force-feedback technology to let the road fight back and add realism to racing games such as the upcoming Forza Motorsport 2. Microsoft also announced the Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, a wireless headphone and microphone set that matches the styling of the Xbox 360 console.

Microsoft plans on releasing an Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver that will let both new wireless accessories work on Windows PCs, as well as current and future wireless accessories, including the wireless Xbox 360 controller.

GameSpot asked Microsoft representatives if the PC-receiver accessory will let the headset function as a voice over IP communication device with common VoIP applications such as Skype, but Microsoft would only confirm that the headset would be compatible with Windows. However, there's still hope for VoIP users, since representatives did not state that the headset would work only with Xbox Live.

The Xbox 360 video camera, which first appeared in prototype form at early Xbox 360 press events, will finally make its entrance later this year. The Xbox Live Vision camera will enable photo messaging and video chat for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Subscribers will also be able to use the camera to create personalized gamer pictures. The USB camera will have a built-in microphone and will also be PC Windows compatible.

Microsoft has not announced pricing and has only revealed the release date for the camera, which will ship in North America and Europe on September 19. All other accessories will be ready in time for the "holiday" season.

Discussion

65 comments
bladedx
bladedx

The Xbox 360 Wireless Headset looks active

skatefreak89
skatefreak89

You can't compare a steering wheel with a keyboard. a wheel is way more fun, and that's why you buy it. BTW are there any pics of that steering wheel.

stealthrodent
stealthrodent

finally a wirless headset. The camera seems cool, but therez gunna be a sh*t load of nasty pictures and disturbing ones. But anyway, besides that I hope itl be good.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

ripped off the eye toy......... microsoft and sony dont have any creativity. GO NINTENDO!!!!! WIIIIII!!!!

Raymin4
Raymin4

Nice! A steering wheel...and Forza 2! Thats gonna be awesome....

evilbv
evilbv

Plug any old USB keyboard in it'll work on 360 so dont see much need for that ... unless of course you mean the musical kind?

southbound000
southbound000

Just one comment on the camera. Some people have been talking about posting or exposing themselves on xbox360 with the cam. Well i pretty sure that microsoft is going to have very serious giude lines for the camera. so sorry no asking girls to flash you,or posting you thing on xbl(unless you want to get banned).

moocow21
moocow21

Wireless headset should have been in the Premium at launch.. *throws up angry fist*

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

w00t! I wonder how the wireless headset will work... will there be a wireless reciever that plugs into the controller or will it go directly to the Xbox 360? I'm also wondering how much these accessories will cost...

Agreb91
Agreb91

Good set of items to put out for the 360.

minerl99
minerl99

1. - Microsoft already has a wireless headset. I use it all the time, although it is attached to my controller, but I walk downstairs while in multiplayer lobbies to grab something from the kitchen and can keep talking and hearing with only minor static once I get downstairs. 2. - Quit calling the Sony motion sensor "gyroscopic". Nintendo's is, Sony's is a 6 way tilt sensor. TOTALLY different. Been around since 1998 or earlier (Microsoft and Logitech both used it on PC controllers). Everyone copies everyone. I don't think people are upset at all the cars with air conditioners, because some car company thought of it 1st... Sony's not innovating much right now, but can we give that argument a rest please. 3. - If the Wireless Force Feedback wheel is as good as Logitech's on the PS2, I'll be thrilled. Something else to note. Sony appears to have lost the battle with Immersion, that's likely why rumble went out of the PS3 controller (not the excuse about the motion sensor...the Wii's rumble works just fine...). If that's the case, expect also to lose force feedback for all controllers on the PS3. That means good bye for the force feedback wheel's for Grand Tourismo HD... Yikes. That was the best part of the GT series on the PS2. Forza was ahead in the better physics/sim and online play arenas, but didn't have True Force Feedback on their wheels. They do now and I think the tables may be turned. People aren't talking too much about that now, but think about how often rumble is used. I just tried the Lost Planet demo and the rumble on the 360 controller started before the avalanche scene. It definitely hinted something was up and got me running for cover. I can't imagine Sony taking rumble out without the lawsuit problems... 4. - The camera. Nice option. May get interesting on live. This Gen will use them more than last on the PS3 as well. Looking forward to seeing how often it will be used (or abused). 5. - Microsoft with Live Anywhere, dual use accessories, Joysticks, headsets etc, are all just making it much more compelling to buy a 360. Sony has the edge with Movies and Music, Microsoft with Operating Systems and connecting users across platforms. I think the PC/360/Cell phone integration will win this Gen for Microsoft and if not this Gen, certainly by the next Gen. It's inevitable. Sony can't compete with that in the long haul.

rbarahona
rbarahona

Microsoft makes one of the best PC accesories, I hope that they can translate that expertise to the 360. I think that now, they will also try to make some profit by enhancing the user experience with official accesories.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

The big difference between MS and Sony is that MS delivers, Sony does not. I've been able to play (demo) some of MS big upcoming titles. But somehow I'm unable to get a playable version of MGS4, Virtual Fighter, or Final Fantasy XIII anywhere. Sony is doing what they have always done..Put on a decent show, but actually let you experience none of it.

alberto2045
alberto2045

well the XBOX-360 better have some good things cause the PS3 is coming soon baby and it cannot cannot compete with it!!!!!

mlbslugger86
mlbslugger86

great stuff,especilly the wireless headset.

jnzn11
jnzn11

The Headset looks better than the ones they included in the Premium 360s, hope its good..

nev70
nev70

yeah the camera 's idea is gr8 i cant wait to c what some freaks post up on there gamer tags in fact i mite even try posting some home made porn of my own i'm sure my fit honey of a wife would up for it ! !

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I don't get some of you guyz comments on saying what MS is doing is old. To my knowledge I don't know any console on the market that has wireless, headset , mic, camera for vid chat and customization profile( your own pic), a wireless steering wheel, and other features and accessories. I know PC has these things, but if there is a console out there that already has ALL of this then please let me know. In my opinion all these things for the most part are new for a console.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Good news but need to know the price :)

MastrCake
MastrCake

YEAH! I sure do hope that the wireless headset costs NO MORE than $50... That cruddy logitech wireless headset is $80... AND IT IS CRAP!!! As for the racing wheel, it is about time. I love steering wheels for games, however, Xbox (original) had no force feedback. Just vibration. This will finally have force feedback (w00t!) The camera is gonna be SWEET! I am buying that on day one!

enoslives7
enoslives7

Its gonna take alot more than that to compete with PS3. Sony owns microsoft !!!!!!!

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Here's hoping that Microsoft does some policing of people's Gamer pictures. Once this camera launches, people with nothing better to do everywhere will certainly be loading up various pics of their body parts. I can easily do without that!!!!!!!! BANHAMMER!!!!!!

brad_d
brad_d

Unless you have 6' arms, you don't need a wireless headset. Also, I think we have enough wireless signals going through our brains as it is.

Game13a13y
Game13a13y

nothing special..... *slowly walks away*

bluewitnesss
bluewitnesss

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

GrayWolf323
GrayWolf323

personalized gamer pictures? that just forebodes doom, the 12 years old on xbl act stupid enough as is

LiK
LiK

yay, finally, a wireless steering wheel! please have force feedback

keldog
keldog

I fear the size of a wireless headset. I don't want something the size of one of those bluetooth ear pieces. I do like laughing at the redneck-robots wearing them at walmart though.

OPOLO
OPOLO

can't wait to get my hands on the headset

-IIIFlaShIII-
-IIIFlaShIII-

Jeebs213 said "show me something with a motion sensor or its to the ps3 i go" I don't think ms will wanna copy the "wii" or not now. Also are you willing to pay 600 $ for the better console? Thats alot of money. I have an X360 i'm gonna get the wii but trying to save up money for the ps3.

Kempatsu_basic
Kempatsu_basic

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I think the Camera will be an awesome thing to get to use on live.

danmp18
danmp18

Wireless racing wheel should be pretty sweet.

katnatmat
katnatmat

Where's the Xbox 360 branded speakers?

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

PS3 premium and 1 game: $700 Xbox 360, Nintendo Gamecube, and two games: $700 dollars. Halo 3 and Zelda Twilight Princess: Priceless

ocdog45
ocdog45

i'm all about the headset. don't know much about the rest

thatguytony
thatguytony

Really happy about the camera and steering wheel.

dbeddow
dbeddow

I 'm an Xbox fan, but I have to agree with the PS fanboys about this being old stuff. Maybe Bill can get off of his gold throne and spend some research dollars on some new stuff eh?

michas_pi
michas_pi

Just plug the EyeToy into the 360 and, BAM, problem solved.

MikeBFire
MikeBFire

Rar! They stole the EyeToy! :D

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

I'll take the wait see approach...........it's safer

bazanime
bazanime

haha! so many kids in this comments talking out of their butts.

Lazyimperial
Lazyimperial

I hate to be argumentative, but I'll take vibration in my controller over an ill-conceived gyroscope any day of the week. I've seen just how "good" that motion sensor is in the Warhawk video from E3. The trained professional was flying the plane like a spaz, and couldn't even land it properly. That wouldn't be too shocking, if it weren't for the fact that he was a company employee with enough experience to be THE ONE PERSON using it in front of millions. Great Sony... he did just swell. He couldn't hit a single red box encircled target, and missed the landing pad for good measure. The Wii I got nothing against now. I never thought it would work, but hot darn! Nintendo actually did it. I also have nothing against the 360, as it has great games on the horizon, great graphics, a good price (the premium model is 399, about 100 below the sucky PS3 model and 200 below the premium PS3. gosh!), and good support. But sony... a gyroscope? I know you lost the court case, but come on! A gyroscope!? *sigh*

ValkyrieJ
ValkyrieJ

So you know for a fact that motion-sensing controllers and blu-ray are going to become de-facto and used by all developers. Interesting.