Xbox 360 Lets No. 1 Dads and A+ Grads Get Their Game On

REDMOND, Wash. — May 15, 2007 — Tired of lackluster responses to the same old neckties, sweater vests and engraved gold pens? This year with your favorite dads and grads, score some serious points (in more ways than one) when you reward their hard work and dedication with gifts inspired by the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system. Whether your dads and grads prefer to rock out in front of a crowd or make a hole-in-one on a quiet course, both will have a blast all year long with the latest games and accessories from Xbox 360. And, if you’re lucky, they may share with the entire family.

Great Gifts for Dedicated Dads

Being a great dad is hard work: the soccer games, the rides to school, the late nights waiting up on the couch. After everything he’s done for you, doesn’t Dad deserve a chance to enjoy himself? This Father’s Day, you and Xbox 360 can make sure Dad has a little fun for a change.

  • Xbox 360 Elite

    For the dad who deserves the very best, the new Xbox 360 Elite is the console that offers the ultimate gaming and entertainment experience. Shellacked in black with metallic detail, the Xbox 360 Elite includes a 120GB hard drive, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port, a high-definition cable, a wireless controller and an Xbox 360 Headset. Does your dad deserve any less?

    ERP $479.99

  • “Guitar Hero II” (Xbox 360)

    What better way to let Dad know you’re his No. 1 fan than a chance to rock out in front of a whole stadium of fans? With the revolutionary X-Plorer Guitar Controller and more than 70 jaw-dropping tracks, Dad can say thanks with a performance of “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The whole family can join in on the fun with cooperative mode, or go head-to-head in Pro Face-Off mode to determine once and for all the real rock star of the house. Let’s face it; the family that rocks together stays together.

    Rated T (Teen); ERP $89.99

  • “Forza Motorsport 2” and the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel (Xbox 360)

    Can’t decide whether to get Dad a Ferrari or a Porsche this Father’s Day? With “Forza Motorsport™ 2,” give him both and throw in a Lamborghini. The sequel to the award-winning, fully customizable driving simulator “Forza Motorsport,” this game allows Dad to collect, tune and hit the road with more than 300 of the world’s hottest cars. Pedal-pushing pops will appreciate an unparalleled racing experience with the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, featuring cutting-edge technology such as dual rumble motors and powerful force feedback.

    Rated E (Everyone); ERP $59.99
    Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel: ERP $149.99

  • “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07” (Xbox 360)

    “Fore” the dad who is on par for greatness, “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07” allows Dad to experience one of his favorite sports from the living room sofa. With Tiger Woods and other pros breathing down his neck, Dad will survive the pressure-packed world of championship golf from Pebble Beach’s plush fairways to the treacherous winds at Bandon Dunes. Dad will tee off as one of the best as he joins 15 of the world’s top players on newly licensed championship courses.

    Rated E (Everyone); ERP $59.99

  • “NCAA Football 08” (Xbox, Xbox 360)

    Give Dad a chance to relive his glory years as a top college athlete … regardless of whether he actually made the team. With in-season recruiting, coaching contracts and the deepest stat-tracking system ever, Dad can build his alma mater into a collegiate powerhouse and then share the highlights with college buddies on Xbox LIVE® via the NCAA® Photo Album. Featuring unprecedented graphics that capture every moment in complete detail — from the authenticity of the stadiums, mascots and marching bands to the true-to-life look and feel of the players on the field — “NCAA Football 08” delivers the most realistic college football experience ever.

    Rated E (Everyone); ERP $59.99

  • “Flight Simulator X” (Games for Windows)

    A game that has been flying high for two decades, “Flight Simulator X” puts your dad in the cockpit as he experiences what it’s like to be an aviator traveling the globe solo or online with others. With more than 50 new missions to choose from, dads will be able to captain the flight deck of dozens of new aircraft, including the Aircreation 582SL Ultralight and Maule M7-260C Orion with wheels and skis. Through enhanced graphics that take full advantage of Windows Vista™, dads will experience the thrill of flight in beautifully rich and realistic locations around the globe, whether they choose to be the pilot, copilot or air traffic controller. Interact with other aviators around the world chatting online in real time via headset and keyboard. Plus, you can take off and land from 24,000 airports with fully simulated jetways, fuel trucks and moving baggage carts. With the state of gas prices, there’s no better way to travel this summer.

    Rated E (Everyone); ERP $49.95

  • “Halo 3” Pre-order (Xbox 360)

    Make sure the Master Chief of the house has a reserved copy of the most anticipated game of the year. Dad will be counting down the days until the release of “Halo® 3,” the third chapter in the highly successful and critically acclaimed “Halo” franchise. With next-generation high-definition graphics and new weapons, vehicles and more, this is an international phenomenon dads will not want to miss.*

    Rated M (Mature); ERP Legendary Edition $129.99, Limited Edition $69.99, Standard Edition $59.99

Duncan Mackenzie, Xbox® Dad columnist and family gaming expert, knows just how much dads appreciate a Father’s Day gaming treat. “My family knows that the latest games from Xbox 360 are at the top of my Father’s Day wish list, but seeing how much fun my wife and kids have playing games together, I have to wonder who they’re really buying games for,” he said. To check out Duncan’s tips for fun and safe family gaming, visit the Xbox Dad column on

Great Gifts for Groovy Grads

Graduating is no small feat, and learning to navigate the real world can be just as tricky. Let the grads in your life know that you recognize their hard work with a chance to kick back with the best in entertainment from Xbox 360.

  • Xbox 360 Elite

    A special gift for the A+ grad, Xbox 360 Elite comes packed with components and accessories for the ultimate high-definition entertainment experience. Cramped dorm room? Xbox 360 Elite doubles as a media center to watch DVDs, listen to music and download entertainment of all kinds through Xbox LIVE — with a 120GB hard drive to store it all. The console’s black finish and signature metallic detailing lets grads know that they’re at the top of the class.

    ERP $479.99

  • Xbox LIVE Video Chat Gold Kit

    As grads embark on college life, they can keep in touch with family back home or their friends across the miles using the Xbox LIVE Video Chat Gold Kit. The Kit includes an Xbox LIVE Vision camera, a 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, an Xbox 360 Headset, downloads of three full-version Xbox LIVE Arcade games and 200 Microsoft® Points. From the living room to the dorm room, your favorite grad will love being able to chat and play games across the miles with family and friends, using a television.

    Xbox LIVE Vision Camera: ERP $39.99
    Xbox LIVE Video Chat Gold Kit: ERP $79.99

  • Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows (Games for Windows)

    There’s a reason why gamers choose the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller over other game pads: It delivers a mean combination of precision, speed and accuracy. Now gamers can bring the power of Xbox 360 accessories to their Windows® XP- or Windows Vista-based PC with the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows.
    As a great gift for a grad or yourself, the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows opens up a whole new world of Windows gameplay by allowing the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel to work on your Windows Vista- or Windows XP-based PC.

    Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver: ERP $19.99
    Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows (receiver and controller): ERP $59.95

  • “Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE” (Xbox 360)

    For the grad who’s sure to be the life of the dorm room party, help her boogie down with “Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE™.” Designed exclusively for Xbox 360, the game features all new nonstop mega mixes, more than 70 new songs, and a variety of difficulty levels for both beginners and dancing kings and queens. With a souped-up version of the original Workout mode, “Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE” is the perfect game to get grads off the couch and cuttin’ some rug.

    Rated E10 (Everyone 10+); ERP $49.99 for software only; $79.99 for bundle (software and dance mat)

  • “Guitar Hero II” (Xbox 360)

    Give grads a chance to rock out with “Guitar Hero II” for Xbox 360, featuring more than 70 songs and the revolutionary X-Plorer Guitar Controller. Your grad’s Xbox 360 console will be the rock ’n’ roll center of the dorms, as new friends jam with multiplayer modes or enroll in Rock Star 101 with practice modes. With Xbox LIVE, grads can grab exclusive new songs, themes and picture packs, and find out how they rank on the “Guitar Hero II” leaderboard.

    Rated T (Teen); ERP $89.99

  • “Major League Baseball 2K7” (Xbox 360)

    Looking for the perfect gift for the grad who’s always a hit? Congratulate him for blasting one out of the ballpark with the top-selling “Major League Baseball 2K7®.” Featuring true, next-generation visuals, the revolutionary “Signature Style” animation system and fantasy drafts for online leagues, the game lets grads experience all the action of the major leagues. Gameplay is enhanced with commentary from All-Star duo Jon Miller and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and a killer soundtrack including songs by Nirvana, Sublime and The Stooges.

    Rated E (Everyone); ERP $59.99

  • Xbox LIVE Arcade

    Xbox LIVE Arcade is your grad’s destination for trying, buying and downloading great games, including puzzle games, card and board titles, retro arcade favorites, and action games. With new games released each week, “3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures,” “Pinball FX” and “PAC-MAN®” are just a few of the games grads will enjoy.

    • “3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures” (Sierra Entertainment Inc., 800 Microsoft Points). Up to four players can join the minigolf fun on a variety of clever mind-bending, imaginative courses and animated, stylish 3-D characters. In “3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures,” gamers collect over-the-top power-ups and play through imaginative traps across three major theme courses: Classic Carnival, Old West and Outer Space. “3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures” also includes a customizable course editor that allows gamers to build their own courses.

    • “Pinball FX” (ZEN Studios Ltd., 800 Microsoft Points). A unique pinball experience for novices and experts alike, “Pinball FX” sets a new pinball video game standard with its realistic ball physics and graphical detail. Go for the high score on Xbox LIVE leaderboards by playing on three vibrant, 3-D pinball tables. Gamers also will have the option to download additional tables in the future. Experience real-time, head-to-head mode for online multiplayer competition for up to four players.

    • “PAC-MAN” (Namco Bandai Games America Inc., 400 Microsoft Points). One of the all-time classic video games, “PAC-MAN” for Xbox LIVE Arcade will take you down a memory maze, with original gameplay and hundreds of levels. The graphics have been upgraded to high-definition but still maintain the charm and retro look of the original coin-op arcade machine.

Father’s Day is June 17 and graduation is right around the corner, so now’s the time to make sure that both dads and grads will be singing your praises when they receive the latest from Xbox 360. Whether it’s the newest puzzle game from Xbox LIVE Arcade or the top-of-the-line Xbox 360 Elite console, there’s a gift for every deserving dad and grad on your list.

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is the most powerful video game and entertainment system, delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox LIVE online gaming network and unique digital entertainment experiences that revolve around gamers. Xbox 360 has a catalog of more than 160 high-definition games and is available in 37 countries. More information can be found online at

About Xbox LIVE

Xbox LIVE is the first and most comprehensive unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy for people to find the friends, games and entertainment they want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox LIVE connects millions of members across 25 countries to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, downloadable games via Xbox LIVE Arcade, free and premium playable game demos, music videos, TV shows and movies in the United States as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favorite retail games. More information can be found online at

About Microsoft

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