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John Carmack's annual Quakecon keynote is one of the most interesting events of the entire year. The man is incredibly intelligent and understands programming and development to a degree that very few people can match. id may have struggled to replicate the gameplay successes of its early years, but Carmack's understanding and perspective on the technical issues surrounding gaming is second to none. This year, he kicked off by discussing the upcoming consoles, their hardware capabilities (very similar) and the long-term impact on AMD. Carmack believes that having everyone standardized on the same architecture with very few differences will make it much easier for developers to build better products... Read more...
Talk about flipping the script. When the PlayStation 3 debuted, it was criticized by gamers as being too expensive, though Sony held firm it was worth the pricing premium because it had a Blu-ray drive. Now Microsoft's the one catching flak for pricing its upcoming Xbox One console at $500, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4. Microsoft has justification for its higher price tag, as the Xbox One comes with a second generation Kinect sensor. Interestingly enough, the motion controlled device costs almost as much as the console to manufacturer. That revelation was made during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with an anonymous app developer working on the Xbox One. While his or her anonymity... Read more...
When Microsoft reversed its Xbox One policies a few weeks back, there was momentary hope that the company has listened to its customers and understood the features they were asking for. Granted, this was brief -- the company promptly dashed such ideas by throwing out all the Xbox One's good ideas alongside the 24 hour Internet connection and publisher-controlled used-game policies. Still with Mattrick gone, there was some hope that maybe the company would reintroduce plans like Family Sharing and put the console back on track. Apparently not. Microsoft's big new feature with Kinect? Advertising. That, in and of itself, isn't really very surprising. Xbox 360 had ads from the beginning. Then they... Read more...
Microsoft has been in dire need of a win pertaining to its Xbox products lately, and this one is pretty good: Xbox 360 users with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to watch 300 of Time Warner Cable’s “most popular” channels live, right from their consoles with TWC TV. They’ll be able to navigate the channels using voice commands and the Kinect, which makes for an interesting experience. In fact, that sounds just about exactly like one of the Xbox One’s most impressive features--more integrated, powerful, and accurate voice control for all your entertainment needs on one device. So why isn’t this TWC TV deal available for the Xbox One yet? Microsoft... Read more...
Planning to pre-order an Xbox One console? We have no issue with that, though be advised that it will not come with a headset. What you'll get is the Day One console itself, commemorative controller, token code to unlock an exclusive Day One achievement, and premium packaging. You'll also receive a second generation Kinect motion controller, which is why Microsoft sees fit to shortchange gamers a headset. We don't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill here, but it's at least a little disappointing that a basic accessory included with the current generation 250GB Xbox 360 won't be part of a much more expensive bundle ($299 versus $499). Microsoft explained its decision not to include a headset... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft announced the Xbox One, the company has been dealing with a good bit of blowback for some of the features of the new console, including the requirement for an online “check in” every 24 hours; a required, always-on Kinect (that costs an extra $100 to boot); and the inability to sell used games, among some other PR black eyes. It didn’t help when Sony released a funny video mocking the Xbox One’s sharing capabilities. Microsoft has backed down on most of those, but in the meantime it was easy to forget that the Xbox One was going to enjoy 15 exclusive titles that included 8 new game franchises. That’s a win, right? It would be, were it not for... Read more...
Major questions have been asked about how the Xbone handles user privacy, game authentication, used games, and online check-ins -- questions that you'd think Microsoft would answer directly. Instead, the company has opted to release a new website online, rather than put any particular individual front and center to take fire on the topics. Regardless, these are the answers to the questions we've been asking for nearly a year -- let's dig in. There's one high note. Family Gaming: Discs and downloads are equal partners on Xbox One -- buy either one on launch day, and you're treated identically. Your library will be available on *any* Xbox One -- if you sign into your own gamer profile on your friend's... Read more...
Because “Xbox 720” was ultimately kind of a dumb name, Microsoft wisely went with something different for its new console: Xbox One. At Microsoft headquarters today, the Xbox crew debuted Xbox One, showed off its new features, and promised to give us more at E3 next month. The most impressive feature of the Xbox One, at least at this point, is the enhanced voice and gesture controls it offers. With a simple voice command--”Xbox On”--you can turn on your Xbox and launch into your personal homescreen, which will remember what you were last doing. Showing off Xbox One gesture controls To get to your TV, simply say, “Xbox, watch TV” and it’s on. With the... Read more...
Microsoft Research has developed a proof-of-concept gaming uber-toy called IllumiRoom that expands the gaming environment from beyond the bezel of your TV to the whole room. Essentially, while the TV is still the focal point of the action, IllumiRoom adds a variety of effects that accentuates it. After a simple auto calibration, IllumiRoom can add “projected illusions” of basic and advanced lighting and color scenarios, snow and star fields, a radial wobble when you’re shooting guns, an 80s sci-fi-type grid, bouncing objects, select elements from the gaming environment, extensions of the actual gaming environment to give you a big screen feel, and more. You can layer on multiple... Read more...
Although some were expecting to see Microsoft debut a new Xbox system this month, it now appears that the company’s Xbox event will actually take place later. On “What the Tech”, Paul Thurrott said that the event scheduled for April 24th will actually occur on May 21st. (His Xbox musings begin around the 55-minute mark.) The next Xbox is codenamed “Durango”, and we’ve been privy to plenty of leaks concerning what it will feature. For one thing, it may require an always-on Internet connection, and it will probably ship with the next version of Kinect. It should also have a better sensor, field of view, recognition of higher resolutions, and less latency. We... Read more...
German tech company 4tiitoo wants you to meet the NUIA eyeCharm, which transforms your Microsoft Kinect from a motion sensor to an eye motion sensor. The distinction means the difference between waving your arms to control your computer and simply moving your eyes. The project recently appeared for funding on Kickstarter and is seeking $100,000. Forget Google Glass - put these glasses on your Kinect and control your computer with your eyes. Image credit: 4tiitoo. If you have a Kinect, you’ll be able to pick up the eyeCharm for $60. Once you snap the device onto the Kinect, you place it in front of your monitor and plug it into your computer via the Kinect’s USB cable. (More on Kinect... Read more...
At the risk of reviving a tired comparison, we can't help but bring up the fact that we keep inching closer to Minority Report-like computing. Swiping and using gestures on physical touchscreens served as a primer, and the next step is to be able to do those things in thin air. Well, guess what? You'll soon be able to, provided you own a Kinect for Windows. Microsoft is reportedly close to releasing an updated SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Kinect that will allow developers to integrate gestures such as pinch-to-zoom into their apps. With the new functionality in place, the Kinect is able to augment the exoskeleton with a grip-and-release signal. Pinch-to-zoom is accomplished by making... Read more...
Just hours before Sony presumably takes the wraps off of its next-generation PlayStation, we're now faced with a fresh leak that details some of the more vital aspects of the next-generation Xbox. Every so often, we hit a period of rapid competition from console makers, and with the Wii U freshly in stores, it looks as if the rivals are now readying their final stretch as well. On the Microsoft front, the next-gen Xbox is surely in the pipelines, and we're inching closer and closer to a global release. With Kinect launched mid-cycle for the Xbox 360 (and going on to be remarkably successful), there's little doubt that Microsoft will be leaning heavily on voice and motion gestures as input devices... Read more...
Last year, an enterprising fellow with access to an Xbox Durango early development kit got himself into trouble by trying to sell it on Ebay. Now, the same mole has popped up with early data on the next-generation Xbox that confirms some rumors we've heard, shoots down a few others, and tosses in a new twist. The source in question is one SuperDaE, and he's passed accurate data to journalists at Kotaku before, accounting for the high profile behind these latest leaks. According to SuperDaE, the Xbox Durango will ship with a more capable version of Kinect. That's not particularly surprising, in and of itself -- but what will raise eyebrows is the assertion that Kinect must be calibrated and turned... Read more...
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