'Star Wars'-themed Xbox 360 unleashed at Comic-Con

Jul 21, 2011 By DERRIK J. LANG , AP Entertainment Writer
In this video game image released by LucasArts, a scene based on "Star Wars: Episode I _ The Phantom Menace," is shown from LucasArts' "Kinect Star Wars" game. (AP Photo/LucasArts)

(AP) -- The Force will be with the Xbox 360.

Microsoft Corp. unveiled a limited edition console at a Comic-Con panel on Thursday that will be modeled after the character R2-D2, with a wireless gold-colored controller resembling his droid pal C-3PO.

The console will make the character's signature beeping sounds when the white-and-blue console is turned on and the disc tray is opened. It will also feature a 320-gigabyte hard drive, the largest available for Microsoft's .

The "Star Wars"-themed console, available later this year, will cost $449.99 and come with a white Kinect sensor, headset and "Kinect Star Wars," an action-adventure game utilizing the camera-based controller system.

"Kinect Star Wars" developers also confirmed that a pod-racing mode based on "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," would be featured in the game.

The game allows players to use to drive pods across intergalactic landscapes, as well as wield light sabers and other powers of The Force.

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More information: http://www.starwars.com/

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