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5:00 PM on 07.06.2014

You can buy PC compatible, standalone Kinect v2 for $200

As the Kinect is wrest free from the Xbox One, it will be available for standalone purchase directly from Microsoft.  This is meant to serve as a development tool, not something you should buy for your Xbox One -- that's...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 06.24.2014

Microsoft's Phil Spencer on Kinect: 'consumers love the device, they'll buy it'

As much as people make fun of Kinect, it sold a lot of units on the Xbox 360 as an add-on. On the Xbox One -- they didn't have a choice -- they had to buy it. But as of a few weeks ago Microsoft had a change of heart, and dec...

Chris Carter

7:03 PM on 06.10.2014

Microsoft executive: Kinectless Xbox One SKU is the best thing for Kinect

Approximately a month ago, Microsoft revealed that it was releasing a new Xbox One SKU -- a package that was $400 and didn't include a Kinect. A lot of people interpreted this as the beginning of the end for Kinect, a sign th...

Brett Makedonski



Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos photo
Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos
by Steven Hansen

Swery65 brought us Deadly Premonition, so you know D4 is going to be weird. In fact, Swery told me that he drafted six or seven different stories to work on next and in his partnership with Microsoft, went with the "most bizarre."

While the new, Kinect-free Xbox One means the team has had to add controller support -- which Swery says is also very good thanks to a lot of work -- Swery says the Kinect is still the way to go, so that's the way I went. 

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10:55 AM on 06.09.2014

'Vaporize aliens with your abs' in Ubisoft's Shape Up for Xbox One

Ubisoft is the latest company to make use of the Kinect for its fitness game but rather than strive for realism, Shape Up tries to be wacky in the hope that you'll work out harder if you're having fun. Squat into outer space...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 06.09.2014

Bungie to forgoe Kinect on Destiny to improve resolution

It's crazy how much Microsoft changed their stance in the infamous "Xbox 180" debacle, and how much they've changed in the past month or so. The latest development is the decision to sell a Kinect-less Xbox, which has had a b...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 06.06.2014

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved dated: October 21, 2014 for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Harmonix sends word that Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved finally has a solid release date: October 21, 2014, for Xbox One and Xbox 360. We have a brand new preview for you to check out this morning. For now, here are the new ...

Dale North



Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout photo
Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout
by Dale North

Harmonix has thought a lot about how they'll welcome players to Fantasia: Music Evolved and they've decided to add a partner apprentice that will serve as a sort of game guide. Her name is Scout, a talented but impatient apprentice that works alongside the player to fight the force called the Noise.

Scout is fully voiced and animated, and appears as the game begins to help kick off the story. She seems to have a lively personality, wearing a star-covered ball cap and street clothes. Players will cooperate with Scout to save Fantasia. 

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11:00 AM on 05.18.2014

Creating an out of body experience with an Oculus and 3 Kinects

Kinect may suck for gaming, but it sure is a great piece of tech for everything else. Take for instance this 3D recreation that involves three Kinects, and an Oculus Rift. One of the cool takeaways from this demonstration is...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 PM on 05.13.2014

Xbox One interface will be updated now that Kinect is being ditched

The big story of the day is how Microsoft will be selling the Xbox One without the Kinect starting this June. Good! But what about the user interface? The Xbox One's UI was designed to be "best" used with Kinect, and thankful...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Playing catch up: It's about time the Xbox One dropped the Kinect photo
Playing catch up: It's about time the Xbox One dropped the Kinect
by Steven Hansen

The official line on the Kinect-free Xbox One model will be about choice. Giving consumers choices. This is a lie, of course. More blatant than, "As excited as we are about the new Xbox One option, clearly if you use Xbox One with Kinect, you have the best experience," which is easily internalized. Microsoft had already tried to assuage early adopters and entice fence sitters when it firmly announced, "no plans" for a Kinect-free Xbox One less than three months ago.

But here we are. And you are free to be bitter in the face of this if you picked up an Xbox One on this assurance (maybe, too, you learned something). Still, it's the right decision for Microsoft, whose nebulous 5 million consoles shipped doesn't touch Sony's over 7 million sold.

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Microsoft to begin selling Xbox One without Kinect on June 9 photo
Microsoft to begin selling Xbox One without Kinect on June 9
by Darren Nakamura

In a post on Xbox.com this morning, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has announced that Microsoft will begin selling Xbox One without the flagship motion-sensing, voice-controlled device Kinect. This new option brings Xbox One's price down to $399, which is right in line with Sony's PlayStation 4.

In the beginning, it was planned that Xbox One and Kinect would be inseparable. Later, Microsoft confirmed that Xbox One would be able to function without the peripheral. Now, the console will be sold without Kinect, though Spencer adds in the blog post that it "remains an important part of our vision." In the video that accompanies the post, Yusuf Mehdi emphasizes the utility of Kinect, saying "As excited as we are about the new Xbox One option, clearly if you use Xbox One with Kinect, you have the best experience."

The Kinect-free Xbox One will go on sale starting on June 9. For those who buy the Xbox One without Kinect and later decide that they want the upgrade, a standalone Xbox One Kinect will be made available this fall.

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11:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Lords of the Fallen dev faces challenges with 1080p on Xbox One

The struggle of next-gen developers seems to be that of “Should it be smooth, or pretty?” CI Games executive producer Tomasz Gop has stated that with Lords of the Fallen, he's confident that his team will be able ...

Brittany Vincent

12:30 PM on 04.15.2014

Soda Drinker Pro goes next-gen

You wanna talk next-gen? The next generation of games isn't about graphics or motion control or laser beams or whatever. It's about soda. Sweet, sweet b-b-b-b-bonus soda. And that soda is coming to Xbox One later this year. S...

Dale North



Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Difficult Kinect Challenge photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Difficult Kinect Challenge
by Max Scoville



This week, we filmed a wonderful short piece in which Bill and I discussed the lack of video games that let us play as actual animals. Unfortunately, Bill's microphone cut out mid-discussion, and the camera's face-tracking started focusing on an animated GIF of some dogs having sex I had up on my monitor behind me. 

So, here's what we did instead. 

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12:45 PM on 04.08.2014

Molyneux says that a Kinectless Xbox One is an inevitability

Despite strong sales numbers, Microsoft's Kinect has always been a contentious piece of hardware. Even though the iteration that comes bundled with the Xbox One is more functional than the original for the Xbox 360, it still ...

Brett Makedonski