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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

9:00 AM on 04.07.2014

Kinect Sports Rivals has a Battletoads reference in it

As the sands of time continue to drop in this hourglass called life, it's easy to forget things -- even major elements of our childhood. For instance, I completely forgot Rare was responsible for the amazing Battletoads ...

Chris Carter



Review: Kinect Sports Rivals photo
Review: Kinect Sports Rivals
by Chris Carter

The original Kinect Sports for the Xbox 360 did exactly what it set out to to do. It didn't set the world on fire or reinvent gaming as we know it, but it showed that despite some gimmicky features, the Kinect actually works -- for the most part.

And here we are almost four years later with Kinect Sports Rivals -- a souped-up version that's no longer just a free pack-in, but a premium-priced game delayed months after the release of the Xbox One.

As you can imagine, the actual results are mixed.

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10:15 AM on 03.28.2014

Kinect for Windows looks just like the Xbox One Kinect

The newly revealed Kinect for Windows sensor looks just like the Xbox One Kinect sensor, save for the removal of the Xbox One logo and the addition of a power cord. Well, there's a hub box, too. It connects to USB 3.0 and pow...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 03.24.2014

Harmonix reveals The Hollow region of Disney Fantasia

Harmonix has released this trailer for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, highlighting a new region of the game, The Hollow, where players will bring a forest environment to life through playing songs and interacting in the wor...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:30 PM on 03.24.2014

Play Kinect Sports Rivals and you may win $10,000

There's a big competition revolving around Kinect Sports Rivals, where the grand prize winner can win up to $10,000 in cash plus a trip to one of four destinations around the world: Bora Bora, China, Machu Picchu, or the Swi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 AM on 03.01.2014

There Came an Echo set to bounce onto Xbox One

You might remember There Came an Echo from its successful Kickstarter campaign about a year ago. If not, then here's a quick recap. Iridium Studios enjoyed one of the earliest Kickstarter videogame successes with its rhythm r...

Darren Nakamura

7:00 AM on 02.13.2014

Kinect Sports Rivals launches in April

Microsoft has announced that Kinect Sports Rivals is coming this April on the Xbox One. The game will launch on April 8th in North America and April 11th in Europe, and it'll feature the following activities: Soccer, Tennis,...

Chris Carter



Xbox One's first major system update arrives February 11 photo
Xbox One's first major system update arrives February 11
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

The first major system update for the Xbox One will arrive on February 11. It'll have a variety of feature improvements, a lot of which will be for behind-the-scenes stuff aimed at developers creating apps and games.

For the consumers, we'll finally be able to see and manage our storage space. That, and download queues will be more manageable as games and apps will be put into separate lists allowing you to pick the order content loads.

Additional updates include overall better stability, Kinect voice command improvements, we'll be able to see the battery power indicator for controllers now, and users will be able to connect USB keyboards. Microsoft also teased more features to be detailed in the coming week.

Then on March 4, there will be another system update tied to the release of Titanfall. This update will primarily address improvements to the party and multiplayer systems of the Xbox One.

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