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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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11:00 AM on 11.01.2013

Your privacy and what Xbox One Kinect really sees

With the privacy concerns games raised recently, Microsoft found themselves needing to fully detail what the Xbox One Kinect sensor sees and sends. A new privacy statement page gets into what Kinect data is collected and how ...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 10.28.2013

Trial of Kinect Sports Rivals launching with Xbox One

Rare's Kinect Sports Rivals won't be ready to release when the Xbox One console launches next month, but early adopters are still going to get a chance to see a bit of what is to come, as a trial version is set to launch...

Conrad Zimmerman

8:00 AM on 10.24.2013

Separation anxiety: Xbox One Kinect works at 4.5 feet

I bet a lot of you don't live in San Francisco with its dumb most-expensive-US-city-ness and often tiny housing situations. Maybe you have the recommended six to eight foot cavern to fill between you and the original Kinect. ...

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 10.18.2013

Mondelez wants to use Kinects to watch you buy snacks

Mondelez International (Oreo, Wheat Thins, Nabisco) is exploring a pilot program that will have Kinects monitoring shoppers as they look around the snack aisle, ABC News reports. "The technology looks at facial features to de...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 10.15.2013

How the Xbox One is built for the future

Microsoft's Graeme Boyd spoke with Xbox's director of product planning Albert Penello to detail what makes the Xbox One built for the future. Hint: It's because of the cloud. The cloud, Kinect tech, and innovations in SmartG...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 10.05.2013

Microsoft promises that privacy is paramount with Kinect

One of the most immediate, widely held, and legitimate concerns surrounding Xbox One's Kinect was the very realistic potential for Microsoft to abuse the data collection. It's not much of a stretch, given that it's recently b...

Brett Makedonski





4:00 PM on 10.03.2013

Kinect 2.0 tech demos showcase a more responsive system

Ever dedicated to evangelizing the usefulness of Kinect 2.0, Microsoft has released two tech demos showcasing the camera's improvements over its predecessor. The first video focuses on how the Kinect 2.0 interacts with your ...

Abel Girmay

6:00 PM on 09.26.2013

Xbox Fitness leaked, will feature P90X, Insanity, more

[Update: Xbox officially announced Xbox Fitness. Check out the promo video, telling you to push your friends harder. HARDER!] A page on the official Xbox website leaked revealing Xbox Fitness, an exercise app for the Kinect ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



D4, Swery65's Xbox One Kinect game, is wonderfully weird photo
D4, Swery65's Xbox One Kinect game, is wonderfully weird
by Dale North

Upcoming Xbox One title D4 was designed for use with Microsoft's Kinect sensor. Game director Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro made it a point to stress this during our Tokyo Game Show meeting. D4 can be played with a controller, but his personal preference is that you play it with Kinect.

When we saw all of the weird things you can do with your hands in D4, this makes perfect sense. D4 looks fun to play with Kinect controls. 

 

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Fantasia: Music Evolved: Cutest Yetis Ever photo
Fantasia: Music Evolved: Cutest Yetis Ever
by Dale North

Yetis should be scary, but they're not in the world of The Haven, a newly revealed area in Harmonix Kinect game Fantasia: Music Evolved. We got a few walkthroughs of this new area at PAX Prime this past weekend, and I'm here to tell you that even the yeti roars were cute. They...sang.

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1:00 PM on 08.23.2013

Rare's kicking around ideas for its classic properties

It doesn't seem to matter what Rare is working on these days. (For the record, currently, it's Kinect Sports Rivals.) If it's not one of the studio's beloved properties, there's going to be pushback from fans who have been wa...

Jordan Devore



Flailing wildly in Xbox One exclusive Fighter Within photo
Flailing wildly in Xbox One exclusive Fighter Within
by Steven Hansen

Ubisoft has something new up its sleeve, a fighting game exclusive to the Xbox One. Fighter Within is a motion controlled, one on one fighter with undertones of Tekken. It's the first game I've played that tries to take full control of the new, supposedly better Kinect. It was even running on an actual Xbox One and everything.

If I haven't lost you at a Kinect fighting game -- maybe you really like Wii Boxing or Danny Trejo's The Fight: Lights Out -- the plainly named Fighter Within isn't terrible. You can even play as a smarmy Ryan Gosling.

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