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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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4:30 PM on 04.04.2014

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer is reading your suggestions

Former Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer was named head of Xbox this week and here he is chatting with Xbox Live's Larry Hryb about the new gig. Spencer says his role will be "to drive the product visio...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 04.04.2014

Xbox One still doesn't do external storage, but it's 'coming soon'

We knew almost a year ago that you'd be stuck with the Xbox One's 500gb hard drive. Much like Bewitched's original Darrin, it is irreplaceable. Our concerns were met with assurances that you could simply use external USB stor...

Steven Hansen





1:00 AM on 04.04.2014

Capy's Below, Super Time Force playable at PAX East

Next weekend in Boston, PAX East attendees will have the opportunity to play Capy's roguelike Below for the first time. It'll be at the Capy x Double Fine booth, and another of the studio's titles, the rad run-and-gun Super T...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 04.03.2014

Ridley Scott attached to a Halo live-action project

There's a Halo movie in the works. Yes, another one. This one is sees Ridley Scott as executive producer, with Battlestar Galactica director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan on board as well. The series is expect to follow the same forma...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:45 PM on 04.02.2014

Meet Cortana, Windows 8.1 Phone's personal assistant

Today's Build Developer Conference saw Microsoft showing off Windows Phone 8.1, complete with its own personal assistant, the aptly-named Cortana. It's official! Signs of rampancy are likely still dormant, so at least that's...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 04.01.2014

Twitch reports positive progress on Xbox One app

It appears as if the Twitch app is going swimmingly on the Xbox One, as the company has shared some positive stats from the launch, which took place on March 11th. Twitch reports that on launch day, 30% of all broadcasters we...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 03.31.2014

New head of Xbox Phil Spencer to push for a 'gaming-led platform'

"When you make a decision to bring the head of studios to a position like this, you're going to get a gaming-led platform," former Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president and newly-appointed head of Xbox Phil Spencer ...

Jordan Devore



Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold photo
Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold
by Jordan Devore

The featured titles in Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion have tended to not be compelling, I think most of us can agree. April shows signs of improvement, with Hitman: Absolution available to Xbox Live Gold members for free from April 1 - 15, and Deadlight offered from April 16 - 30.

I hadn't yet played the game, but our own Brett Makedonski shared this advice for Deadlight: "Get it for free, play the first bit, then put it down forever."

Let's hope this pair is the beginning of moderately good things to come for Games with Gold.

Xbox Live Gold Members Get Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight Free in April [Major Nelson]

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11:45 AM on 03.31.2014

Phil Spencer has tamed the Xbox hydra as new Head of Xbox

Phil Spencer has gone from lowly Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president to the pithier, more impressive sounding Head of Xbox. He's presumably replacing departed Chief Product Office of Xbox Marc Whitten, consolidati...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 03.28.2014

Microsoft isn't planning to bring more Halo games to Steam

Even though Microsoft says it has a "renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming" internally, we've been hearing that sentiment for a while and little if anything has come to fruition yet. It'd be unexpected for the company to bri...

Jordan Devore

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

5:00 PM on 03.26.2014

Microsoft to begin warning 'disruptive' Xbox One players

Microsoft has once again spoken about the Xbox One's player reputation system, revealing that it will begin sending warning messages to some players whose reputations drop from "Good" to "Needs Work" as a result of peer feedb...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 03.24.2014

Microsoft will be at PAX East, Sony and Nintendo won't

PAX East will see plenty of big names descend upon Boston on April 11-13, from Microsoft to Oculus to Ubisoft to Square Enix. And plenty of you, I'm sure. Side Questing stumbled on the full list of exhibitors, which you can s...

Steven Hansen





8:00 AM on 03.24.2014

Microsoft's E3 presentation will be 90 minutes, feature 'very few' execs

Microsoft always has a middle of the road E3, in my mind. Although they do tend to focus too much on what's popular outside of gaming (exercising, TV, sports), they usually show some actual games, and aren't complete tra...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 03.23.2014

Sup Holmes finishes off with Conker's Chris Seavor

Oh my god, it's the last Sup Holmes on Dtoid! Ahhh! What does that even mean? We'll find out soon enough, as the Sup Holmes year 3 Kickstarter is set to go live any second now. In the meantime, why not tune in to the show tod...

Jonathan Holmes