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  • Blog Post: [Update] Standalone Kinect Release Date & Price

    Update : Microsoft has just officially announced that Kinect 2.0 for the Xbox One will indeed be available by itself in October. The unit goes on sale on October 7 for $149.99, and comes with the downloadable Harmonix title Dance Central Spotlight . [Source: Microsoft ] Original Story : Microsoft has... More
  • Blog Post: Harmonix Details Downloadable Tracks For Dance Central Spotlight

    You may have been Happy you could Talk Dirty to the Royals in the Love Shack back when Harmonix announced the release date for Dance Central Spotlight , but now it's bringing even more songs to its latest dance game. Today, Harmonix announced some new songs and pricing information for Dance Central... More
  • Blog Post: Standalone PC Compatible Kinect 2.0 Coming Soon

    A listing on Microsoft's online store is pointing to a July release date for a standalone Kinect. Kinect 2.0 will be available separate from the Xbox One starting July 15, and you can pre-order it by heading here . The standalone device costs $199 and is being sold more as a development tool than... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Says People Love Kinect, And They'll Buy It

    Last month, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One console would be available with or without Kinect. According to Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, that shouldn't be taken as a sign that the company has lost any faith in the device. According to Spencer, consumers love Kinect, and they'll buy it one... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Walks Back Harrison’s Erroneous Kinect Voice Command Statements

    Last week following the Microsoft press conference at E3, we sat down with company corporate vice president Phil Harrison to discuss the current state of Xbox. During that conversation, we asked him if all of the Kinect functions, including system level voice commands, could be disabled to eke more power... More
  • Blog Post: One Year Later, Microsoft Messaging On Xbox One As Confused As Ever

    Update: Microsoft has provided us a statement on Kinect voice commands. You can read the entire statement detailing Microsoft's correction to Phil Harrison's statements on June 9, 2014. Original Story: Last week at E3, I sat down with Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison to talk about... More
  • Blog Post: Aaron Paul Will Turn On Your Xbox One

    Xbox One new commercial features Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul using the Kinect’s voice sensor to turn on menus and navigate the system. However, Xbox One owners have reported that when Paul says “Xbox One on” early in the ad, his Xbox isn’t the only one starting up. The ad wants... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Developers Can Completely Shut Off Kinect Functions

    Update: Microsoft has provided us a statement on Kinect voice commands. You can read the entire statement detailing Microsoft's correction to Phil Harrison's statements. You can also read more about how we conducted this interview and the steps we took to verify the information. Original Story... More
  • Blog Post: Dance Central Goes Downloadable With Spotlight

    Harmonix is readying a new Dance Central title utilizing the Kinect peripheral, but it stops just short of being the next full-fledged entry in the series. Dance Central: Spotlight is a download-only title that starts out with 10 new songs, each with eight different dance routines: four encompassing... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Making Kinect Optional Frees Up To 10 Percent More GPU Performance

    Yesterday, we reported that the June Xbox One update opened up more GPU bandwidth for developers working on the platform. Today, we know exactly how much more power studios have at their disposal. Speaking with Eurogamer , Microsoft confirmed the new power is tied to removal of Kinect as a mandatory... More
  • Blog Post: Rare Lays Off Staff In Wake Of Kinect Sports Rivals

    Microsoft's Rare is the latest studio to be bit with the layoff bug. The move follows the recent release of the developer's Kinect Sports Rivals. According to a report on Eurogamer, Rare laid off around 16 employees of the approximately 150-person team that worked on Kinect Sports Rivals. Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One's May System Update Is Rolling Out

    Xbox One's latest update is starting to roll out to console owners. The latest Xbox One system update has started to roll out. What's in it? Details here: http://t.co/ocaKMAGkOB — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) May 17, 2014 This update adds a few small updates like volume control between snapped... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis - Breaking Down The Kinect-Free Xbox One

    Since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One on May 21, 2013, the company has been haunted by decisions and comments about the console’s direction . Today, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and his team announced three major changes that should shrug off the specter of the past in favor of striding into the future... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Completes Its 180 And Drops Kinect From Xbox One

    Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will soon be available without the Kinect camera. The company issued the statement this morning, despite constant reinforcement that the Kinect is part of the Xbox One and the two would never be separated . Microsoft says that it will begin offering more options... More
  • Blog Post: Five Months Later, Some Xbox One Territories Still Missing Voice Commands

    On November 22, 2013, Microsoft launched the Xbox One in 13 territories. Every single unit sold included a Kinect camera (with installed microphones). Three of those territories still do not have access to voice commands. “Voice commands are currently available in 10 of the 13 original launch markets... More
  • Blog Post: Hit Songs Both Modern And Classic Added To Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

    New tracks for Harmonix’s upcoming Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Kinect game have been announced. Harmonix is using music from composers both modern and classic. The tracks include: “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel “Feel Good Inc.” – Gorillaz “Forget You”... More
  • Blog Post: Dragon Age: Inquisition Will Have Kinect Voice Commands

    Skyrim proved that people like shouting at dragons, now you'll be able to use the Xbox One's Kinect to give out commands in BioWare's upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. In an interview with the game's creative director Mike Laidlaw in the Official Xbox Magazine, he confirmed that the game... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Should The Camera Have Been Included With The PlayStation 4?

    Sony can't seem to keep its PlayStation 4 camera in stock . Should the console come included with the device? The Xbox One comes included with its camera peripheral, but at a cost. Microsoft's console is an extra $100 compared to Sony's, and much of that has to do with the Xbox One's... More
  • Blog Post: Report: British Government Considered Spying Using Xbox 360 Kinect

    Update: Microsoft has responded to our request for comment. “Microsoft has never heard of this program," a Microsoft representative told us via email. "However, we’re concerned about any reports of governments surreptitiously collecting private customer data. That’s why in... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Are You Using The Xbox One's Kinect Voice Commands?

    One of the big selling points of the Xbox One is that you can talk to it – but you don't have to. Are you using the console's voice commands? The Xbox 360 and its Kinect were capable of receiving voice commands, but it was borderline useless. I made an effort to use it on a few occasions... More
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