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11:45 AM on 08.20.2013

First look at Ubisoft's Kinect game Fighter Within

I have a hard time seeing this ending any other way than "badly," but props for trying, I suppose. Ubisoft has announced an Xbox One launch title called Fighter Within that looks halfway decent until you hear that, yes, it's...

Jordan Devore

6:37 AM on 08.20.2013

Rare's Champion Creation system for Kinect Sports Rivals

At a pre-gamescom press event today, Microsft and Rare showed off the Champion Creation System for upcoming game Kinect Sports Rivals. Through this, the Kinect Sensor of the Xbox One captures your face and body and makes a o...

Dale North



The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC! photo
The DTOID Show: Xbox One, Kinect, and GTA V on PC!
by Tara Long

Since Max is currently away in Los Angeles for a not-so-secret Call of Duty event, I got television's former darling Adam Sessler to join me on today's show to talk about the Wii U's dwindling software options and Microsoft's insistence on bundling Kinect with the Xbox One. We also discuss Rockstar's travelogue for the city of Los Santos, and go over all the features of the Xbox One's new controller!

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Oh really? Xbox One will function without Kinect, says MS photo
Oh really? Xbox One will function without Kinect, says MS
by Jordan Devore

The first installment of the Microsoft's IGN-hosted Ask Me Anything about the Xbox One wasn't particularly eventful, but the real fun has started with this week's questions. Going off the assumption that Kinect is mandatory for the system to function, a reader asked what would happen if their Kinect broke. Chief platform architect Mark Whitten clarified that that's actually not the case.

Well, in fairness, he spent the majority of his response talking about how great Kinect for Xbox One will be before finally dropping the bomb that, "like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in, although you won't be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor." Which could mean a lot of things, some not so good, but overall this is encouraging news for players who want to resist Microsoft's motion-controlled future as much as possible.

In a follow-up question about how 'off' Kinect can be while the Xbox One is in use, Whitten said: "You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings. When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information. Any functionality that relies on voice, video, gesture or more won't work.

"We still support using it for IR blasting in this mode. You can turn the sensor back on at any time through settings, and if you enter into a required Kinect experience (like Kinect Sports Rivals for instance), you'll get a message asking if you want to turn the sensor back on in order to continue." We'll still have to pay for the thing since it's bundled in, bu--actually, at this rate, maybe not.

Ask Microsoft Anything About Xbox One [IGN]

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10:00 AM on 08.09.2013

Take a bath with your Kinect

Pop culture has taught me to keep plugged in electronics away from bath tubs lest I be victim of some accidental or nefarious plot upon my life. Because electricity. Thankfully, no one seems to have taught this to University...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 07.31.2013

Oculus Rift + stationary bike + Kinect = Paperboy

Globacore has combined a stationary bike, the Oculus Rift, and the Kinect to create PaperDude VR, an homage to Paperboy. The video here shows off the game in action, and holy crap do I want this. It's probably not a good idea to throw actual newspapers when you play the game though.

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:30 PM on 07.26.2013

Rare's Xbox One Kinect Sports Rivals delayed to 2014

Remember how Rare was once an industry giant, creating some of the most innovative, charming, and quality games ever? Well now they're stuck making Kinect games for Microsoft. One of them, Kinect Sports Rivals, was set to lau...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 07.17.2013

Apple reportedly looking to buy the company behind Kinect

A report from Calcalist claims that Apple is looking to acquire PrimeSense, the 3D sensor company behind the original Kinect. Apple has offered $280 million to purchase the Israeli-based company after talks of including the 3...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 AM on 07.16.2013

Kinect costs 'almost as much as' the Xbox One to make

An Xbox One developer took to Reddit over the weekend for an AMA, 'Ask Me Anything,' following in the footsteps of American president Barack Obama and this one woman who had over 34 piercings. The AMA was done anonymously, bu...

Steven Hansen

11:45 AM on 07.05.2013

Microsoft mum on what to do if Xbox One needs new Kinect

Remember when the Wii U announced its unique GamePad? We spent some time worrying about whether or not Nintendo was going to sell the gamepad separately and, if not, what we would do if ours broke? Well, we have at least a co...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 07.01.2013

The end of typing out codes: Xbox One can scan via Kinect

Even with the ability to redeem codes on Xbox.com using a keyboard, entering the damned things in is something of an annoyance when it doesn't need to be this way. We have the technology! Thankfully, Xbox One will make use of...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 06.28.2013

Xbox One's Kinect won't work anywhere but on Xbox One

When Kinect launched for Xbox 360, it was immediately compatible with Windows PCs. When Xbox One's Kinect launches, that won't be the case. Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One's Kinect sensor was built specifically with the...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 06.28.2013

What's going on with this Doodle Jump for Kinect trailer?

If you only watch one trailer today, make it this one for Doodle Jump. I don't say that lightly. The popular mobile game has made its way to Xbox 360, of all places, and requires Kinect because it seemed like a good idea at ...

Jordan Devore

6:20 PM on 06.26.2013

Activision: Microsoft must prove Xbox One's value

Sony cut the PlayStation 4's camera leading up to E3 to help drive their console's price point to a cool $399. Meanwhile, the Xbox One has consumers subsidizing the Kinect with its $499 price point and weaker specs. According...

Steven Hansen



Xbox One has 'single handedly alienated the military' photo
Xbox One has 'single handedly alienated the military'
by Jim Sterling

Regular gamers have expressed quite a bit of upset at Xbox One's ridiculous DRM policies, but nowhere is the disdain more keenly felt -- nor more justified -- than that coming from America's armed services. Considering the troops have a lot of downtime, and games are a good way to soak up the hours, the Xbox One is absolutely useless to them.

An article in the Navy Times calls the Xbox One's DRM "a showstopper," and explains to its readers exactly how they'll be unable to use the Xbox One, should they be stationed aboard ships or overseas. 

"Microsoft has single handedly alienated the entire military. And not just the U.S. military -- the militaries of the entire world," stated naval aviator Jay Johnson. 

As well as the region locking and online check-ins, the Navy Times highlights the "serious security concerns" with the built-in Kinect and its constant listening. Always listening. Forever listening. 

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Project Spark has all the tools to be successful photo
Project Spark has all the tools to be successful
by Brett Makedonski

One of the more ambitious looking games that Microsoft had on display as part of its press conference and showcase event was Project Spark. Serving as an obvious attempt to capture the sect of the audience that loves Minecraft, Project Spark has some very impressive terraformation tools in its arsenal that expertly allow the player to create worlds on a whim. Once those worlds are created, the game finds ways to try to make them fun.

There's no question in my mind that the method is sound. During my 15 minutes with the game, Project Spark showed off an astounding attention to detail that was hard to wrap my head around. Paying particular care to fine-tune everything down to the tiniest of metrics, players can either form new environments in sweeping broad strokes or pixel by pixel on both an X and Y axis. Watching the game create vibrant-looking lands right under your brush is...well, it's kind of magical.

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5:07 PM on 06.10.2013

Rocksmith All-New 2014 Edition oh f*ck off

Jerry Cantrell kicked off Ubisoft's E3 press conference to play a guitar and promote Rocksmith All-New 2014 Edition The Fastest Way To Play Guitar And Also There Is Some Kinect Stuff In It.  Apparently it'll be good? Oh, I don't know. 

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 06.10.2013

Project Spark shows off multiplayer world building

Project Spark is bringing a huge open universe of creativity to Xbox One players. With the Kinect enabled voice controls, along with terraforming made easier with the use of SmartGlass, Project Spark is looking to make a big splash with its user-generated content. No word yet as to a release date, but those worlds sure look pretty!

Jason Cabral

11:23 AM on 06.10.2013

Rare announces Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One

Rare executive producer Danny Isaac announced on Spike TV that more Kinect Sports is on the way. But before you get up in arms thinking this was the studio's big E3 2013 reveal, that's happening later today during the Microso...

Jordan Devore



Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say photo
Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say
by Jim Sterling

Microsoft finally clarified much of its policy on used games and online restrictions with the Xbox One, and the news is grim for those who actually believe in consumer rights. With its new system, Microsoft will take the final step in stripping gamers of their property ownership, and control every moment of their experience. 

Making you check in every 24 hours like a groveling lapdog, restricting your ability to lend and rent games, and effectively pursuing the industry dream of keeping goods long after they've been sold, the Xbox One is a corporation's fantasy machine that flips off the common end user. 

The Xbox brand's most vocal fans, those posting on Major Nelson's blog, were among the first to react to the news, and even among such die-hards, the reactions weren't pleasant. Gamers from all sides seem furious at Microsoft's publisher-friendly, consumer-kicking policies, with only a scant few gathering the nerve to defend them. 

Here's what folks have been saying. 

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7:00 AM on 06.05.2013

Doodle Jump Kinect will launch in the summer for $5

It appears as if the two year long wait (ha!) for Doodle Jump for the Kinect is over, as it is launching this summer on the Xbox Live Arcade for $5 (400 MSP). Evidently, Smoking Gun Interactive will handle this version, as "t...

Chris Carter

9:30 PM on 06.04.2013

Fantasia Kinect, South Park Farts & More Ghosts

Hey gang! Here we are again with another Destructoid Show. Big news today is Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved, coming by way of Harmonix. The trailer looks dumb, but I thought the game was pretty cool when I played...

Max Scoville



Harmonix's next project is Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved photo
Harmonix's next project is Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
by Abel Girmay

Fantasia is easily one of the most revered films in the Disney library. It may not have the same layman recognition as Snow White or The Lion King, but that's exactly where so much of its brilliance comes from. It dared to venture away from the company safe zone of princesses and fairy tales, and forgoing the typical dialogue delivered stories in order to splice music and visuals to create a sensory wonderland.

It's this sense of Disney magic that Harmonix is trying to capture with Fantasia: Music Evolved, by giving players a greater sense of agency not just in the music, but in the game's world as well. This is definitely Harmonix's most high concept game, and a complete trip of an experience. Describing something that aims to be as visually and auditory a successor to the Fantasia films is a challenge when only armed with the written word, so here goes nothing. 

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10:15 AM on 05.28.2013

Dance Central 3: Entire add-on catalog on sale now

Harmonix has put their entire Dance Central 3 add-on catalog on sale, starting today and running through June 3. More than 80 routines are priced at 160 MSP -- 50 percent off the original price. You can finally get that One D...

Dale North

3:30 PM on 05.22.2013

It's a start: Crytek's Ryse will be exclusive to Xbox One

Crytek's long-talked-about but little-shown Ryse will be an Xbox One exclusive, according to the game's official website. This hack-and-slash title, set in ancient Rome, has been billed as a major -- "Gears of War / Halo" maj...

Jordan Devore

7:07 PM on 05.21.2013

Xbox One's Kinect knows your mood, can see in the dark

I've just participated in a demonstration of the abilities of Xbox One's Kinect and I have to say that I'm impressed. This little bar can do amazing things. We won't bore you with the technical details, but their combined pow...

Dale North





3:25 PM on 05.21.2013

The Xbox One will NOT function without the Kinect

We already know that the Xbox One comes bundled with the Kinect, which already has people typing frowny emoticons across social media, but IGN is now reporting that without the Kinect, there is no Xbox One. "Kinect does ...

Patrick Hancock

11:30 PM on 05.06.2013

Man who lost life savings gets money back and a Kinect

Reveling in the misfortune of others isn't something I try to frequently do, but the larger-than-life story about a New Hampshire man who burned through his life savings at a carnival in an attempt to win a Kinect was simply...

Jordan Devore

10:30 PM on 05.01.2013

Some guy lost his life savings for a Kinect at a carnival

A man attempting to win a Kinect at a carnival has reportedly lost his life savings of $2,600 on "Tubs of Fun." Henry Gribbohm of New Hampshire claims that, during a practice run, the game was easy, but once he played for rea...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 04.29.2013

Microsoft's IllumiRoom sounds silly but looks neat

You may not instantly recognize the name, but you should remember hearing about Microsoft's attempt to expand gaming beyond the scope of televisions and on to physical walls using a projector. It sounded beyond gimmicky at f...

Jordan Devore



How to order a pizza from Xbox Live photo
How to order a pizza from Xbox Live
by Conrad Zimmerman

Microsoft and Pizza Hut have teamed up to provide a service which allows people to order food through their Xbox 360 console and have it delivered to their homes. It's either the innovation truly lazy gamers have been waiting their entire lives for or one of the silliest things we've ever seen on the system. Either way, we needed to have Hamza place an order. Check out the video of his experience!

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8:00 AM on 04.23.2013

Pizza Hut Kinect ordering coming to Xbox 360 today

Microsoft has added a new way to make cash aside from its advertisements, sponsored games, and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, now offering an app that lets you order Pizza Hut food directly from your Xbox ... and it's better w...

Jim Sterling

11:15 AM on 04.16.2013

The Forza Horizon 1000 Club DLC is free today

The free "1000 Club" DLC is live today for Forza Horizon. Essentially, it's a challenge mode that tasks you with besting literally 1000 tasks, with every existing car in the game. There's speed tests as well as other technic...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 04.15.2013

Kinect used to diagnose depression

While typically functioning as a vehicle of entertainment, Microsoft's Kinect has proven to be a useful tool in the arena of medicine. Rather than solely relying upon the observations of psychologists to determine whether or ...

Taylor Stein

4:00 PM on 04.10.2013

New Xbox to have TV functionality close to Google TV

Whilst the divide between gaming console and media center became almost non-existent in this current generation, it's no surprise that Microsoft will blur the line even move with their next Xbox console. Sources clo...

Alasdair Duncan

3:00 AM on 04.10.2013

Over a dozen good XBLA games are on sale this month

With next-gen consoles on the horizon, the sales of digital titles on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 continue to ramp up. This month sees 18 Xbox Live Arcade games on sale, and most of them are pretty damn great. From no...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:45 PM on 03.13.2013

Look alive boys, Crimson Dragon is not dead

Remember that game? You know, that Xbox Live Arcade Kinect shooter that looks like Panzer Dragoon being made by many of the guys from Panzer Dragoon. It looked to be one of if not the most impressive Kinect game to date, unti...

Raz Rauf





3:00 PM on 03.13.2013

Microsoft shares Kinect source code with public

Doctors, scientists, and developers have done some amazing things with the Kinect but have been limited to the official software toolkit. Microsoft has made parts of the source code freely available, offering face tracking, d...

Allistair Pinsof

10:30 PM on 03.06.2013

That Gore Verbinski Kinect game got canceled

Hey remember when Microsoft announced during their E3 2012 conference that they teamed up with Gore Verbinski to make a Kinect game called Matter? Anyone? No? Yeah, well it's been canceled. "Microsoft Studios is no longer pu...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 03.06.2013

Kickstarter: There Came an Echo stars Wil Wheaton

Iridium Studios, who previously developed the Kickstarter-funded rhythm RPG Sequence, have unveiled their next project, and are once again turning to the crowdfunding site to help produce their game. In a departure demonstra...

Darren Nakamura