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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Do You Like Your Xbox One?

    The Xbox One is out today. Some of you may have waited in line for Microsoft's new black box. Others may be just getting theirs in the mail. Maybe you're one of the lucky few who had their Xbox One delivered early. So how are you liking your new piece of next-gen hardware? What games did you... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Here Are The Xbox One Kinect Voice And Motion Commands

    Update: Microsoft has informed us that the Kinect gestures will be different when the console releases, so the original document may not be accurate. We have removed that image from the story, but will post an updated version once the Xbox One has launched. Original Story: Kinect is an impressive piece... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shows Off Fast QR Code Reading On Xbox One

    You might recall that the Xbox One can read QR codes via the Kinect 2.0 sensor . This will serve as an alternative to inputting 25-character codes. If you’ve ever used a QR Code reader, you know that they can be a bit finicky. That doesn’t seem to be a problem with the Xbox One. In the Vine... More
  • Blog Post: New Xbox One Video Details Cloud Computing, SmartGlass, and Kinect Features

    Microsoft has promised a lot with the Xbox One, and this new video give us a good look at some of the console's new features. In this video, you'll hear about how Microsoft is leveraging cloud computing and Kinect in the new system. You can also see how SmartGlass is being used in Dead Rising... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360 Bundling Up For The Winter Holidays

    Microsoft has announced a handful of discounted Xbox 360 bundles for the holiday season that will come packaged with games like Tomb Raider and Halo 4. There are three bundles to choose from. The 250 GB Kinect model comes with a Kinect device , Kinect Sports: Season Two, Kinect Adventures, Forza Horizon... More
  • Blog Post: The Science Of Kinect Explained In New Videos

    If there's one thing core gamers have been skeptical about with regard to the Xbox One, it's the built-in Kinect functionality. A new video from Microsoft research shows off all the ways in which Kinect 2.0 fulfills the promises made before the launch of the original peripheral. The detailed... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Voice Commands Will Only Work In Five Countries At Launch

    Most of the 13 regions that will get the Xbox One in November won't be able to experience the system's vaunted Kinect voice commands at launch. The news was revealed in an update to the Xbox One official product page, hidden in a footnote at the bottom which reads: "Xbox voice commands will... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Says Xbox One Delay In Some Territories Due To Localization

    There has been speculation that the significant drop in Xbox One launch territories is the result of supply chain issues. Microsoft head of product development Albert Panello is trying to put that to rest, offering an explanation for the console appearing in only 13 of the original 21 territories anticipated... More
  • Blog Post: Five Big Changes Coming To Xbox One’s UI

    During Gamescom 2013 in Cologne Germany, Microsoft gave us a glimpse at a near-complete user interface for the Xbox One. The controller and Kinect-controlled UI comes with some exciting changes, from expanded friends list options to easy gameplay recording tools. Here are the five biggest changes coming... More
  • Blog Post: Phil Harrison: Xbox One Will Never Come Without Kinect

    Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison is underlining the company's support of the new Kinect with Xbox One. According to an interview with CVG, Harrison dashes the hopes of fans holding out for a cheaper, Kinect-free Xbox One bundle. When asked if the Xbox One will always come with a Kinect... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft Announces Kinect-Enabled Fighter Within

    At this morning's Microsoft showcase preceding Gamescom 2013, Ubisoft confirmed a new Kinect-power title called Fighter Within. The game will be available at launch. Ubisoft is touting both local and online multiplayer, with voice activated features in addition to motion control. The title is not... More
  • Blog Post: New Kinect Software Turns Any Surface Into Touch Screen

    If you've ever been envious of all those sci-fi movies where the characters can swipe and tap at translucent screens placed seemingly everywhere, Microsoft has the product for you. The latest technology, paired with Kinect, gives users the ability to turn any surface into a touch screen. As a plus... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Kinect Not Required For Xbox One Operation

    We knew that the Xbox One's Kinect could be turned off in the settings, but today we've learned even more. The Kinect 2.0 need not even be connected to the Xbox One. The news was revealed in an ongoing question and answer session IGN has been conducting with Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten... More
  • Blog Post: Kinect Sports Rivals Is No Longer An Xbox One Launch Title

    The Xbox One launch lineup is still a work in progress, as evidenced by a new delay that will push Kinect Sports Rivals from day one into 2014. The website Polygon broke the news, receiving official word from Microsoft that Kinect Sports Rivals has been delayed and will not available for launch. Some... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shares As Much Information On Spying As It Legally Can

    Last week, we shared a report about Microsoft's involvement with the NSA and the Prism spying program. As we mentioned , Microsoft and other affected companies are restricted by law from sharing much. However, general counsel and executive vice president Brad Smith has published as much as is permitted... More
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