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

By DERRIK J. LANG | July 21, 2011 | 2:14 PM EDT

Fans arrive during Preview Night at the Comic-Con 2011 convention Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Force will be with the Xbox 360.

Microsoft Corp. unveiled a limited edition Xbox 360 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 open. It will also feature a 320-gigabyte hard drive, the largest available for Microsoft's gaming system.

The "Star Wars"-themed console, available later this year, will cost $449 and come with "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.