(Insert “Imperial March Theme” Here)

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.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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