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10:30 AM on 01.20.2014

Rumor: Harmonix has a canceled Xbox One Kinect game

Kotaku (well, Superannuation) did some digging and found that there is an unannounced Harmonix Xbox One Kinect game that probably is laying in some desk drawer somewhere. Their lead level designer, Rob Stokes, ...

Dale North

6:00 AM on 01.09.2014

Pizza Hut made $1M in four months through the Xbox 360

Pizza Hut's director of public relations, Doug Terfehr, has told Polygon that they've sold $1 million in pizzas through the Xbox 360 in four months. Doug goes on to say that they're "not done in" the gaming space, and the company is having ongoing conversations with other potential gaming partners. I think you all know exactly how I feel about this news.

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Playing Call of Duty with the Gamertag 'Xbox Sign Out' photo
Playing Call of Duty with the Gamertag 'Xbox Sign Out'
by Jordan Devore

Okay, this is a fun little trick. YouTuber Master of Luck has taken to playing Call of Duty: Ghosts with the Xbox Live Gamertag "Xbox Sign Out." In a multiplayer setting like this where players are prone to shouting each other's names and the Kinect is listening for voice commands, sign-outs are bound to ensue. Even when people know what's up, they still inexplicably say the magic words.

I like that everyone who fell for the prank seemed to find it humorous. I wonder if that was truly the case, or if a bunch of genuinely angry folks didn't make it into this video.

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7:30 PM on 01.06.2014

Intel pushing Kinect-like 3D cameras with new computers

Intel is pushing a 3D camera as part of its focus on "perceptual computing," technology like voice recognition, facial recognition, and gesture control, CNET reports. Partnerships with manufacturers like Acer, Asus, Dell, Fuj...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 11.28.2013

Impressions: Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason

It's a crying shame to see Rare reduced to producing Kinect games. With so much talent and so many IPs ripe for the taking, Microsoft has reduced one of the best retro studios of all time to a motion control factory. But ever...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 11.25.2013

A handy list of Xbox One Kinect voice commands

I could never keep the Kinect voice commands straight on Xbox 360 despite only ever knowing a few of them, and I'm not confident that I'll do much better with the new device for Xbox One. Something like this list would've hel...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 11.25.2013

Apple definitely bought the original Kinect company

Apple confirmed that they bought PrimeSense, the company behind the original Kinect, for $360 million dollars. A spokesmen told the BBC that "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not ...

Joshua Derocher

9:00 PM on 11.21.2013

Xbox One's Kinect can't see you naked, says Microsoft

Did you see a penis in this video? It seems the above tech demo left some people concerned that the Xbox One's new, better Kinect would be able to see your genitals. People are (understandably) rather paranoid about their pr...

Steven Hansen

10:15 AM on 11.21.2013

Jimmy Fallon and Will Forte race on waves with Xbox One

Last week on Late Night we saw Jimmy Fallon and Ice-T kick some robots around with the PlayStation 4 for its launch. Naturally, the Xbox One couldn't go without being demonstrated for its launch week, so Blain Howard visited...

Darren Nakamura

11:10 PM on 11.19.2013

My first attempt at using Xbox One's voice commands

After reading up a bit, I tried to see how I'd fare at controlling the Xbox One with voice commands. Above, you'll find a video of me trying out various system commands for about five minutes. As you'll see, it works fairly ...

Dale North



Review: Xbox One photo
Review: Xbox One
by Dale North

Microsoft's Xbox 360 grew from being a simple game console to an all-in-one entertainment box over the last eight years or so, somehow squeezing in everything from multiplayer gaming to streaming movies and television.

And now that they're on a roll, their new console, the Xbox One, embraces that complete system idea. They've packed the Xbox One with the technology and features needed to give us the games and other entertainment forms we'll seek out in this next generation, while adding in new control schemes and television support.

In other words, they've built a big box for their big push into our living rooms.

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7:00 PM on 11.13.2013

Privacy Cover for Xbox One covers Kinect's camera

Are you among one those who harbor deep reservations about what the Kinect camera will be capturing in your living room? Afraid that Microsoft will gather tons of personal data and sell it to the highest bidder? And would usi...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:45 PM on 11.11.2013

Rare will continue to focus on Kinect for the time being

Rare's Kinect games aren't showing signs of slowing down as much as some of us would probably like that to happen so the studio concentrates its efforts elsewhere. "When you look at the Kinect Sports franchise we've sold ove...

Jordan Devore



Xbox team releases 12-minute video of Xbox One All-in-One photo
Xbox team releases 12-minute video of Xbox One All-in-One
by Joshua Derocher

Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President for Xbox, and Yusuf Mehdi, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Xbox, released a 12 minute video showing off Xbox One All-in-One. They kick back on the couch and command the Xbox One to do what it does, and they showcased how the Kinect camera tracking works while calling on Skype. 

Dale had a hands on with the Xbox One's Kinect and was able to test some of the features they showed off in this video, and you should read what he has to say about how it works.

New 12 minute Xbox One dashboard video shows off features live [OXM]

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Xbox One and television: working together photo
Xbox One and television: working together
by Dale North

You probably won't buy an Xbox One to watch television, but television watching seems to be pretty neat with all the integration and applications Microsoft have worked into their new console. 

They want you to always have your Xbox One on, and they want you to never have to change inputs on your television. Microsoft put a HDMI passthru port on the Xbox One so that television watching is a seamless part of the system.

There's no escaping it. You're going to want to watch TV on your Xbox One. If you like TV, that is.

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Xbox One's Kinect: impressive control, instant access photo
Xbox One's Kinect: impressive control, instant access
by Dale North

I had a chance to see exactly how Xbox One's interface works with the Kinect sensor in a demonstration last week. After seeing several examples and even trying it out for myself, I came away impressed at how well the voice commands work. 

From what I experienced, Kinect control over the UI, feature set, and in games is both reliable and powerful. I did not expect it to work as well as it does. 

Here are a few examples.

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