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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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2:30 PM on 08.20.2013

Project Spark closed beta coming in October

Project Spark is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious and creative Xbox One titles that Microsoft is currently showing off, but don't take my word for it -- you can try it out yourself.  A closed beta was jus...

Brett Makedonski

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