All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Kinect’

Aaron Paul’s Xbox One Ad Is Inadvertently Turning on People’s Consoles

The thing about have voice control systems that are always on is, well, they’re always on. If they weren’t, then saying something like “Xbox on!” wouldn’t really do anything. Apparently, this handy feature is causing some issues for some Xbox One owners. According to multiple reports and a boatload of Twitter confirmations, Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame is inadvertently …

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‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ Gameplay Previewed in New Trailer

Despite the inclusion of the new Kinect with the sale of every Xbox One console, the necessity of the device is still heavily questioned among game fans. Voice commands and hand gestures can be used to navigate the console, but gamers are split on whether these features justify the peripheral’s inclusion with the new console. The value of the device …

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‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ Tournament Payouts Revealed

Microsoft’s Kinect Sports Rivals is finally on the way and with it will come plenty of speculation and argument about just how useful the Kinect is to the Xbox One platform. Regardless of the general apathy consumers have had toward the new Kinect, Microsoft is still pushing Kinect Sports Rivals as the next big release for its new console. The …

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New Kinect Touted in ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ Preview

It is now clear that Xbox One console sales are quickly falling behind the PlayStation 4. The largest factor in this is almost certainly the fact that the Xbox One offers less computing power at the higher price point of $500 (versus Sony’s $400 PS4). Though Microsoft has consistently insisted that the Xbox One offers a superior value proposition, it …

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‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ Finally Coming in April

Kinect Sports Rivals was supposed to be the Wii Sports of the Xbox One. The launch title that could somewhat justify the mandatory use of the Kinect peripheral and bring something less bloody to the Xbox One’s launch lineup. Like many of the Xbox One’s multiplayer features, however, Kinect Sports Rivals was delayed past launch. Though Microsoft provided Xbox One …

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Take A Look At The World Of Kinect Sports Rivals

Today marks the beginning of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, but most of us are probably already tired of snow. To take your mind off of all things winter and snowy, Microsoft has just the thing – a new trailer for Kinect Sports Rivals In a new video released today, Rare shows us the new environments they have built …

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Here’s How To Get The Most Out Of Your New Xbox One

On November 22, you braved the cold to get your hands on a new Xbox One. You brought it home and played a few games. You maybe even checked out some of the multimedia features, like running your TV connection through it. During that time, however, you felt that everything wasn’t as easy as it could be. In a new …

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Apple Acquires Kinect Developer PrimeSense

Back in July, it was rumored that Apple was purchasing PrimeSense – the company behind the original Kinect for Xbox 360. Those rumors went unconfirmed for almost six months, but both companies have finally come clean regarding their relationship. Reuters reports that Apple has officially acquired PrimeSense. While there’s no official press release about the acquisition, an Apple spokesman told …

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Play Some Xbox One Games

Last week, Jimmy Fallon checked out the PS4 right before its launch on November 15. What ensued was a humorous look at Sony’s new Playroom software using the PlayStation camera. Now it’s the Xbox One’s turn on late night television, and Microsoft fired back with its own camera-based games. Last night, Fallon and Will Forte checked out the Xbox One …

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Battlefield 4 To Use Lean, Voice Commands On Xbox One Kinect

If you’re one of those game players who likes to gesticulate during gameplay–you know who you are–then maybe you’re one of the ones the developers were thinking of when they were porting Battlefield 4 over to the Xbox One/Kinect environment. According to a couple of video game blogs, folks who choose to do so will be able to lean around …

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Did the Kinect Just Un-Jump The Shark?

When people bring up Kinect it’s generally met with semi-disgust as it was just a gimmicky thing to try and compete with the Nintendo Wii, right? Well now it seems that Microsoft is taking cool factor of the Kinect up quite a few notches with the upcoming release of the Xbox One. Microsoft’s Major Nelson shows us what is to …

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Kinect May Have Just Proven Its Worth Today

Every Xbox One will ship with a Kinect. It’s a fact that can’t be avoided and has made some people angry. Some are angry over the increased price tag of $500 while others are angry about potential privacy violations. Both of those people can now shut up though as the Kinect has just earned its rightful place in your entertainment …

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‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ Trial to Launch With Xbox One

Despite a new Kinect being packed-in with every launch Xbox One, there will be no Kinect launch title from Microsoft itself. The device can, of course, be used to navigate the console with voice commands, but that won’t exactly justify its inclusion in launch boxes to many gamers. And, sure, Ubisoft will be there to pick up the slack with …

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Here’s How Voice Commands Work On The Xbox One

When the Kinect was first revealed, Microsoft made it a point to emphasize that almost every function of the console could be controlled by either motion or voice. That concept is being expanded with the Xbox One, and now Microsoft has decided to show us how voice will play a prominent role with its latest console. In its latest promotional …

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New Kinect Features Previewed in New Video

Microsoft is betting big on its next-generation version of its Kinect motion sensor. The device has been packed in with every one of its upcoming Xbox One consoles, ensuring that all Xbox gamers will have a Kinect. This has caused more than a grumble in some segments of the gaming community. Kinect games of the current generation were, in general, …

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Battlefield 4 Might Support Kinect on Xbox One

On the Xbox 360, Microsoft encouraged developers to integrate Kinect into traditional games where it made little sense. Sure, the voice commands in Mass Effect 3 might have seemed cool, but the motion controls in Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter were just unnecessary. Now it appears that unnecessary Kinect support may be popping up on the Xbox One as well. In …

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Gets A New Trailer

Harmonix proved to be one of the best Kinect developers around with its excellent Dance Central series. It’s unknown at this point if the series will continue on the Xbox One, but the team is hard at work crafting its next Kinect experience for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Harmonix and Disney announced at E3 that they were collaborating …

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‘Fighter Within’ Kinect Game Revealed at Gamescom

In the midst of all the FIFA-related news at Microsoft’s Gamescom, Ubisoft slipped in the announcement of a new Kinect game for the Xbox One. A game that isn’t a Just Dance title. Titled Fighter Within, the game will use the new Kinect to pit players against each other in virtual fights. Players can use punches and kicks against opponents, …

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Kinect Sports Rivals Might Just Sell You On Kinect

The original Kinect Sports titles were some of the best selling Kinect games on the Xbox 360. Now Microsoft and Rare are bringing it back on the Xbox One with a ton of new features enabled by the newly improved Kinect. In a new video from Microsoft, the folks at Rare talk about their work on the new Kinect in …

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Minority Report-Style Touch Display App Goes On Sale For $150

Minority Report had a lot of cool ideas, but one of the most intriguing was a holographic touch panel. Researchers are slowly working on getting holograms right, but we can now interact with floating touch panels using only a Kinect, a projector and an $150 app. Ubi Interactive announced the launch of its new app that turns any surface into …

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The Xbox One Will Not Require Kinect

One of the more controversial decisions Microsoft made with the Xbox One is that every console will ship with the Kinect camera and require it to be plugged in at all times. The very notion of a camera always watching you had players, and even some countries, up in arms. All that concern has turned out to be for naught. …

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Apple Might Buy The Team That Created The Kinect [Report]

The hardware powering Microsoft’s Kinect technology was originally created by an Israeli tech firm called PrimeSense. Microsoft has moved on to its own in-house developed hardware, but new reports suggest Apple may now be interested in the firm’s hardware. Calcalist, an Israeli publication with a good track record, reports today that Apple is currently in talks with PrimeSense over whether …

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Xbox Sale Day 2: Kinect, Board Games, and LEGO

Yesterday, Xbox Live’s “Ultimate Game Sale” got off to a big start with hit AAA sequels such as Assassin’s Creed 3, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, and Max Payne 3 on sale for 63% to 75% off. Today the sale continues with several new titles taking the place of those games, though yesterday’s momentum seems to have slowed a bit. …

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Doodle Jump For Kinect Trailer Will Subvert Your Expectations

Doodle Jump has torn up the mobile charts over the last few years with its simplistic gameplay and charming visuals. Now the developer at Lima Sky is trying its hand at the console space with an Xbox 360 version built for Kinect. Doodle Jump for Kinect is largely the same as its iOS predecessor, but it enjoys the benefits (or …

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You Can Now Apply To Pay $400 For The New Kinect For Windows Sensor

Microsoft is really onto something with the Kinect. Sure, it’s not that great for games, but developers are doing some amazing things with it in the application space. It’s only going to get more amazing next year as the new and improved Kinect comes to PC. At its annual BUILD developer conference, Microsoft announced that it’s opening up applications for …

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The Xbox One Gets The NMA Treatment

The Xbox One reveal was kind of a mess. There’s still no definitive statement on the console’s used game policy, and its insistence on Kinect always being on has some people concerned. It’s the latter that gets torn apart in the latest report from our favorite Taiwanese animators. I’m kind of surprised that NMA didn’t mock the ambiguous used game …

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Germany, Australia Think The Xbox One Is An Orwellian Nightmare

Much of the controversy surrounding the Xbox One thus far has been focused on its vague used game policy. Now another controversy may be brewing in countries with strong privacy laws. Gamasutra reports that both Germany and Australia have expressed concern over the new Kinect camera in the Xbox One. It’s been confirmed that the camera must be connected for …

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Kinect Code Samples Go Open Source To Encourage Development

Kinect for Windows has inspired developers to create some really impressive applications. That’s apparently not good enough, though, as Microsoft is now making Kinect for Windows partially open source to encourage more development on the platform. The Kinect for Windows team that its sample code is now open source under an Apache 2.0 license. The 22 samples are available in …

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Kinect Brings My Worst Nightmare To Life

It’s been well established that I’m scared of a lot of things. Dolls, E.T. and the eventual robot uprising all leave me wide awake at night. The good news is that my greatest fear has yet to be brought to life. The bad news is that Japan is working on it. A store in Japan had to ensure that I …

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Next Generation Kinect To Have Higher Resolution, Larger Viewing Field [Rumor]

Microsoft’s Kinect was a pretty revolutionary piece of technology. It’s unfortunate that many of the games released for it have turned out to be so bad. That may not change with the rumored next generation Kinect, but the technology is definitely getting a major upgrade. VGLeaks, the source behind the recent next Xbox and PS4 specs leak, comes the latest …

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