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Kinect Sports Rivals has a Battletoads reference in it


I'll hold your hand while we cry for Rare
Apr 07
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 ... read
A semi-middling rivalry
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 w... read feature

Kinect for Windows looks just like the Xbox One Kinect


Sans logo
Mar 28
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... read
Disney Fantasia

Harmonix reveals The Hollow region of Disney Fantasia


Also announces multiplayer mode and more music
Mar 24
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... read

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


Plus a trip for two around the world
Mar 24
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... read
There Came an Echo

There Came an Echo set to bounce onto Xbox One


One reason to own a Kinect
Mar 01
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... read
Kinect Sports Rivals

Kinect Sports Rivals launches in April


From Rare
Feb 13
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,... read
Will let you manage storage space and show your controller's battery life
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 ... read feature

Harmonix

Rumor: Harmonix has a canceled Xbox One Kinect game


Corgi fighter?
Jan 20
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, ... read

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


What is wrong with you people
Jan 09
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. read
You *will* believe what happens next
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 oth... read feature

Intel's 3D cameras

Intel pushing Kinect-like 3D cameras with new computers


Let the NSA build 3D models of you!
Jan 06
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... read
Kinect Sports Rivals

Impressions: Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason


Surprisingly not terrible
Nov 28
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... read
Xbox One

A handy list of Xbox One Kinect voice commands


Xbox, go home
Nov 25
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... read
Apple buys Kinect company

Apple definitely bought the original Kinect company


Optimus-PrimeSense
Nov 25
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 ... read
Kinect has no x-ray specs

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


But I can
Nov 21
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... read
Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon and Will Forte race on waves with Xbox One


Spoiler: Jimmy loses
Nov 21
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... read

My first attempt at using Xbox One's voice commands


Xbox, listen up
Nov 19
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 ... read
All-in-Wonder
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 no... read feature

Kinect

Privacy Cover for Xbox One covers Kinect's camera


Proving once more where there's a need, there's a product
Nov 13
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... read
Rare

Rare will continue to focus on Kinect for the time being


Teases that 'there are always games we'd love to build'
Nov 11
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... read
Wanna watch some sports on your TV?
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 ... read feature

Watch TV in a new way
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 hav... read feature

Hands... er, voice-on with Xbox One
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 co... read feature

Your privacy and what Xbox One Kinect really sees


Concerns addressed in Microsoft privacy statement
Nov 01
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 ... read
Kinect Sports Rivals

Trial of Kinect Sports Rivals launching with Xbox One


Wake racing mode broken out to give players a taste
Oct 28
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... read
New Kinect is better

Separation anxiety: Xbox One Kinect works at 4.5 feet


Better width Kinect
Oct 24
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. ... read
Kinect

Mondelez wants to use Kinects to watch you buy snacks


Put down those Oreos!
Oct 18
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... read

How the Xbox One is built for the future


At least until people get tired of these features
Oct 15
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... read
Kinect

Microsoft promises that privacy is paramount with Kinect


Color me skeptical
Oct 05
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... read
Kinect

Kinect 2.0 tech demos showcase a more responsive system


No really, it's better this time
Oct 03
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 ... read

Xbox Fitness leaked, will feature P90X, Insanity, more


The Kinect 2.0's killer app!
Sep 26
[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 ... read






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