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Microsoft To Launch Xbox 360 Lips Game On 23rd Of October

Microsoft will be launching a new version of its singing games Lips on the 23rd of October, one day after Windows 7 officially launches worldwide "Lips: Number One Hits".

The sing-along-cum-karaoke package was previewed in central London tonight with an exclusive performance by James Morrison. He performed his number one hit "Broken Strings" which is featured in Lips.

Developed by iNis, the software giant's direct answer to Singstar on Sony Playstation was originally launched last year and the new version comes with 40 songs rather than the original 30 tracks.

Lips comes with two wireless motion-sensitive microphones and costs £50. The game alone will carry a recommended retail price of £35. All the 40 hits will come with music videos as well.

As with most Xbox 360 games, Lips allows you to compete with your friends over the Xbox Live. Microsoft is also planning an X-factor like competition with a dedicated website called Singwithlips.com (which unfortunately was offline).

It is not known whether, like the old edition, the game will allow users to use their own music from a CD or from an iPod. Furthermore, it would be great if Microsoft came up with a paid-for song-on-demand service.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.