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.

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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
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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