Xbox Live Vision released, XBL parlor games patched

Microsoft's new camera peripheral for the Xbox 360 is now available at retail for about $40. Four Xbox Live Arcade titles also gain camera support for online play.

The Xbox Live Vision is in stores today, according to an announcement by Microsoft. This camera peripheral for the Xbox 360 adds real-time video-chat functionality to the Xbox Live service, along with various other features, including in-game support in current and upcoming titles. A paid Xbox Live Gold membership is required to take advantage of the video-chat functionality.

Xbox Live Vision

The camera ships as part of two different bundles. The $39 version includes the camera, an Xbox 360 headset, and the games UNO and TotemBall. The $79 Xbox Live Vision Gold Pack includes a yearlong Xbox Live Gold subscription, 200 Microsoft Points that can be spent on Xbox Live Marketplace content, and Robotron 2084, in addition to the headset and other two titles.

Furthermore, Microsoft announced that on September 20, four Xbox Live Arcade titles will be automatically updated to include support for the new camera. These include Bankshot Billiards 2, Hardwood Hearts, Hardwood Spades, and Hardwood Backgammon. Up till now, the Xbox Live Arcade version of UNO was the only game to include camera support.

For more information about the Xbox Live Vision, read our Xbox Live Vision Camera Hands-On.

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BikerPunk
BikerPunk

Sony has the eyetoy, and you could sen a pic away to gt it made for your cfhars on different games. Tony Hawk games had that feature. NEver really took off tho. this is a much better presentation of this feature.

chico129
chico129

and sonys pathetic attempts at achievments...........cant remember the name its a fancy one

bobnice
bobnice

whats all this about microsoft copying?! why, did another console already have live person to person online video chat? if so then who. and if i understand right Sony is the one who loves to copy ideas, if you notice they are trying to copy both Xbox's and nintendo's individual strongpoints with xbox live and motion sensing.

mman426
mman426

Who cares if Microsoft copied the general idea, if nobody copied in the videogame world we would only have one game, and there would not being any remote controls or rumble functions because we would all be playing on our little circular monitors playing the original video game, fox and hound. P.S. If you only like one platform, don't call yourself a gamer, because you obviously don't have enough experience.

stu9805
stu9805

i have the cam and a few relatives do too and it benefits me on that my family lives so far away.

DeusExMathias
DeusExMathias

Got my camera today from GameStop in Houston, TX. TotemBall was not included. It came with a headset, a month of XBL Gold and a code for downloading UNO. No TotemBall, tho. Where's the dang download?

fordies
fordies

There is nothing wrong with copying because it just means we get more features. Whose to say Microsoft havent been working on this for years anyway so it doesnt matter who came up with the idea or brought it to the public first its who makes it best and only time will tell who will win that and the same goes to all the Ninendo fanboys who say Sony copied the controller. Tho only thing i care about is which company does the best with the idea.

bluewitnesss
bluewitnesss

Uhhhhhh, I didn't get mine yesterday. Gamestop didn't get any in so I went to Best Buy, Circuit City, and Wal-Mart. Not only did they not have them, but they ALL looked at me like I was stupid. None of them had even heard of a xbox 360 camera. Talk about frustrating. Now I don't even know when it's going to come out. Why can't the video game insustry get it right for a change. We spend a lot of money on this stuff, more than dvds and cds, and we get the shaft. Ok, that makes complete sense. (sarcasm)

xbox_gamer1
xbox_gamer1

I have to see how the camera works first before I buy it.

hepcat00
hepcat00

wowwww.......who even cares who's copying whom? OH NO!!! GameSpot has a messageboard for me to post on!! COPYCATS!! = P~

ciryorel
ciryorel

Yea, and again I own a 360 so how am I a fanboy again? Oh it only happens to be today that I posted on the new events. I'm not the biased fanboy who only owns games from the XBox. And yea you tried hard to prove a point of copying there...sad.

Chris875
Chris875

ciryorel Wow! Goes to show that Microsoft is a copycat. Sony didn't copy the PC idiots, they brought it over to the their game console and put innovation. Wow, thats funny, cause like sony invented video games right? I mean they didn't copy or steal anything from Nintendo right? Funny thats not how I remember it... You know ciryorgirl, for a sony fanboy you spend a lot of time in MS topics...sad.

Travis281
Travis281

I don't know what all the fuss is about. Xbox Live is a great service. Microsoft can't very well run it for free. It's frequently updated, free downloadable demos, voice chat, and multi-player. You think paying for that isn't worth it, you can go somewhere else.

ciryorel
ciryorel

Wow! Goes to show that Microsoft is a copycat. Sony didn't copy the PC idiots, they brought it over to the their game console and put innovation.

RivalBattousai
RivalBattousai

I went to EBgames and they didn't have so i'm waiting for them to call me!

fordies
fordies

SHADOWSTRYK3R What about the UK release date? I want to know when i would guess around end of october.

Justlink619
Justlink619

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Bowb4meuno2do
Bowb4meuno2do

I'm waiting for more games.I like shooters and racing.Are they any where close to having these on camera support?

Cbot
Cbot

A paid Xbox Live Gold membership is required to take advantage of the video chat functionality. No wonder the xbox 360 isn't going to do well.

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

You can take pics of yourself and use it in " make a player " for sports games and others like world poker. That sounds decent.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--Killwitch -- Is once again making me laugh. It will be up to developers to use it or not. And if you took 30 entire seconds to look up the details of th headset you'd have even less to rant about.

OPOLO
OPOLO

So what do I do with the extra headset?

paradyme777
paradyme777

Eh, I need the HD-DVD add-on, don't care about the camera really.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

another add-on......... more $$$$$ for 360'ers to shell out :lol:

soupboy76
soupboy76

localbasketcase... is your screen name flattering yourself or do you just enjoy the taste of failure?

bashmentkid
bashmentkid

sony ripped the eyetoy from the pc so sony can stfu too.

localbasketcase
localbasketcase

no video chat with the PS2 but the PS3 yes....that was a given since day one

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

What? So I can only flip people off playing card games?!?!

GTA420
GTA420

eyetoy had video chat?...weird.

localbasketcase
localbasketcase

Wait I thought 360 people were claiming Sony ripped Nintendo when they announced their motion controller...but now 360 is ripping the eye toy and everybody is fine with it....weird

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

Great a headset that is basically only compatible with Xbox Live Arcade games. How many games are expected this fall that are intended for the 360 itself and will the camera be compatible with them? I suggest hold off on buying the camera and wait and see if Microsoft has any real plans for it. As of now it seems that this is just a money maker with no real intentions to use the peripheral for 360 games themselves.

benri4761
benri4761

It does work on a PC, Microsoft has already said so.

Justin_W
Justin_W

Starfox... I'm pretty sure I read that it would work fine on a PC... regular plug & play USB connection.

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

sweet... more stuff but i'm not goin get it cause i dont want to so...

samekila
samekila

I am gonna get the one with live since mine is gonna run out soon this camera is awesome. I hope all the guys in the Military get these for free that would be sweet they deserve it .

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I want one, but I'm not in a rush. UNO is the only game I own and see myself playing. The four modified titles weren't rated very well, and don't hold much personal interest to me.

salvod123
salvod123

will this thing actually sell?

wenbin09
wenbin09

wow.. i shld be getting those!!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

sugarbear100 - what? a month ago? which bundle?

sugarbear100
sugarbear100

Got mine from toys r us about a month ago