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  1. Remember the bright future of motion controlled gaming painted by Microsoft? It doesn't seem like it will be coming to fruition any time soon. In an interview with Co.Design, Alex Kipman, the creator of the Kinect, revealed that manufacturing of the Xbox 360/One accessory has shut down. Stores will be selling off their remaining stock of Kinects and that will be that for the device once heralded as the future of video games. After being introduced to the world in 2010, the device has sold over 35 million units. Despite an array of features and abilities, not many developers were ready to trust to the device for their games anything more than gimmicks like voice control or simple gesture recognition. In fact, the biggest success for the Kinect seems to have been outside of gaming in academia for the purposes of research and development of new technologies and techniques. What do you think? Was the Kinect too ahead of its time or was it simply a good idea that never really worked as well as it was supposed to?
  2. Remember the bright future of motion controlled gaming painted by Microsoft? It doesn't seem like it will be coming to fruition any time soon. In an interview with Co.Design, Alex Kipman, the creator of the Kinect, revealed that manufacturing of the Xbox 360/One accessory has shut down. Stores will be selling off their remaining stock of Kinects and that will be that for the device once heralded as the future of video games. After being introduced to the world in 2010, the device has sold over 35 million units. Despite an array of features and abilities, not many developers were ready to trust to the device for their games anything more than gimmicks like voice control or simple gesture recognition. In fact, the biggest success for the Kinect seems to have been outside of gaming in academia for the purposes of research and development of new technologies and techniques. What do you think? Was the Kinect too ahead of its time or was it simply a good idea that never really worked as well as it was supposed to? View full article
  3. Ever wondered what it would be like to live as a fruit ninja? Halfbrick Studios set out to satisfy your curiosity in the latest trailer the Xbox One exclusive. What would motivate someone to cut so much fruit? Fame? Riches? A freak mango accident? Through interviews with experts, friends, and family we gain a glimpse into the sweet, pulpy lives of the swift and the fruity. Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 releases on March 18 for Xbox One, though you'll need a Kinect if you want to play it.
  4. Ever wondered what it would be like to live as a fruit ninja? Halfbrick Studios set out to satisfy your curiosity in the latest trailer the Xbox One exclusive. What would motivate someone to cut so much fruit? Fame? Riches? A freak mango accident? Through interviews with experts, friends, and family we gain a glimpse into the sweet, pulpy lives of the swift and the fruity. Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 releases on March 18 for Xbox One, though you'll need a Kinect if you want to play it. View full article
  5. In response to lackluster sales and a large number of requests from would-be Xbox One purchasers, Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper Xbox One that will be sold without the Kinect. The new model of Xbox One will retail at $399 and will hit the market on June 9. the Kinect will be available separately sometime later this fall. This news comes hand in hand with the announcement that a variety of paid for services will no longer be locked behind Xbox Live like Netflix, Twitch, HBO GO, and various sports apps. What do you think? Will this and the reversal on used games/always online be enough to bring in more customers for Microsoft?
  6. In response to lackluster sales and a large number of requests from would-be Xbox One purchasers, Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper Xbox One that will be sold without the Kinect. The new model of Xbox One will retail at $399 and will hit the market on June 9. the Kinect will be available separately sometime later this fall. This news comes hand in hand with the announcement that a variety of paid for services will no longer be locked behind Xbox Live like Netflix, Twitch, HBO GO, and various sports apps. What do you think? Will this and the reversal on used games/always online be enough to bring in more customers for Microsoft? View full article
  7. Not everyone has the time or inclination to sit down in the middle of the day and watch a forty-minute press conference about video games. Luckily, we do. Microsoft held a non-livestreamed conference on the opening day of Gamescom, a major video game expo held in Germany. Luckily, Gamespot recorded the event, so if you want, you can watch it in its entirety. The conference was short and hit the key aspects of Microsoft’s plans to repair public perception of the Xbox One following Sony’s PR gains during E3. The presentation began with Microsoft stressing a revamped approach toward indie developers and the advertising of launch titles. Many of these changes included the elimination of fees developers previously had to pay for things like development tools, their games to be certified as Microsoft products, and activating their product in the virtual marketplace. In addition, Microsoft has redesigned the Xbox Live Marketplace to make discovery of new indie titles easier and smooth the process of searching the marketplace for consumers. Chris Charla, a former video game journalist and veteran of the video game business, will be running the program. Essentially, these changes mean that Microsoft has made the Xbox One a place where independent developers can self-publish their work, eliminating a previously crucial hurdle in console game development. Microsoft then revealed a next-gen MMO, Fable Legends. Not many details were given besides what was shown in the trailer, but it seems apparent that Fable Legends will allow players to take up arms as either the hero or a villain. The debut trailer for Ubisoft’s Fighter Within was shown, a game using the Kinect to read player’s movements and translate them into onscreen attacks for their avatars. Another Ubisoft title, Tom Clancy’s The Division, showed off gameplay centered on the Xbox One’s ability to integrate SmartGlass tablets. Microsoft showed another ace up their sleeve with Cobalt, a new side-scrolling competitive shooter from Mojang, the creators of Minecraft. Cobalt appears to be the same game that Mojang released alpha footage of around two years ago, albeit much more polished and out of Alpha. Moving on to Call of Duty: Ghosts, Microsoft recapped the success of the franchise and delved into dedicated Xbox Live Cloud support hosting dedicated servers, Blitz multiplayer mode, and the multiplayer maps that will be available first on the Xbox One. Microsoft also announced that a there will be a Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One bundle at launch in November. Microsoft also catered to the casual crowd with titles like Kinect Sports Rivals, Peggle 2, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals will feature “The Champion Creator” which will have the Kinect scanning players and making “an awesome” version of the player. Peggle 2 will be available at the launch of Xbox One and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will land sometime in 2014 with Kinect and SmartGlass features. The final part of Microsoft’s presentation was to make some statements about FIFA 14 and the exclusive content coming to Xbox One. FIFA 14 will have a feature called Ultimate Team Legends all season long. This mode will allow players to pit themselves against some of the greatest soccer players in history. In addition to Ultimate Team Legends, all European pre-orders for Xbox One will include a copy of FIFA 14 at no additional cost including pre-existing pre-orders. Microsoft concluded their conference by promising more pre-order bundle information in the near future. Anyone planning to pre-order an Xbox One? What are your thoughts on the system and its launch line-up of games?
  8. Not everyone has the time or inclination to sit down in the middle of the day and watch a forty-minute press conference about video games. Luckily, we do. Microsoft held a non-livestreamed conference on the opening day of Gamescom, a major video game expo held in Germany. Luckily, Gamespot recorded the event, so if you want, you can watch it in its entirety. The conference was short and hit the key aspects of Microsoft’s plans to repair public perception of the Xbox One following Sony’s PR gains during E3. The presentation began with Microsoft stressing a revamped approach toward indie developers and the advertising of launch titles. Many of these changes included the elimination of fees developers previously had to pay for things like development tools, their games to be certified as Microsoft products, and activating their product in the virtual marketplace. In addition, Microsoft has redesigned the Xbox Live Marketplace to make discovery of new indie titles easier and smooth the process of searching the marketplace for consumers. Chris Charla, a former video game journalist and veteran of the video game business, will be running the program. Essentially, these changes mean that Microsoft has made the Xbox One a place where independent developers can self-publish their work, eliminating a previously crucial hurdle in console game development. Microsoft then revealed a next-gen MMO, Fable Legends. Not many details were given besides what was shown in the trailer, but it seems apparent that Fable Legends will allow players to take up arms as either the hero or a villain. The debut trailer for Ubisoft’s Fighter Within was shown, a game using the Kinect to read player’s movements and translate them into onscreen attacks for their avatars. Another Ubisoft title, Tom Clancy’s The Division, showed off gameplay centered on the Xbox One’s ability to integrate SmartGlass tablets. Microsoft showed another ace up their sleeve with Cobalt, a new side-scrolling competitive shooter from Mojang, the creators of Minecraft. Cobalt appears to be the same game that Mojang released alpha footage of around two years ago, albeit much more polished and out of Alpha. Moving on to Call of Duty: Ghosts, Microsoft recapped the success of the franchise and delved into dedicated Xbox Live Cloud support hosting dedicated servers, Blitz multiplayer mode, and the multiplayer maps that will be available first on the Xbox One. Microsoft also announced that a there will be a Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One bundle at launch in November. Microsoft also catered to the casual crowd with titles like Kinect Sports Rivals, Peggle 2, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals will feature “The Champion Creator” which will have the Kinect scanning players and making “an awesome” version of the player. Peggle 2 will be available at the launch of Xbox One and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will land sometime in 2014 with Kinect and SmartGlass features. The final part of Microsoft’s presentation was to make some statements about FIFA 14 and the exclusive content coming to Xbox One. FIFA 14 will have a feature called Ultimate Team Legends all season long. This mode will allow players to pit themselves against some of the greatest soccer players in history. In addition to Ultimate Team Legends, all European pre-orders for Xbox One will include a copy of FIFA 14 at no additional cost including pre-existing pre-orders. Microsoft concluded their conference by promising more pre-order bundle information in the near future. Anyone planning to pre-order an Xbox One? What are your thoughts on the system and its launch line-up of games? View full article
  9. Yesterday, Microsoft, free of discussing hardware and the non-gaming aspects of its system, focused squarely on the games. If you weren't able to watch the event yourself, don't have the time, or just plain don't feel like watching it, we've got you covered. In this overview we briefly describe and link various parts of the press conference for your convenience. Price and Release Window for Xbox One The two big questions on everybody's mind was how much was this thing going to cost and when to give Microsoft their money. Both questions were answered. Kinect Sports Rivals Before the conference even began in earnest, Microsoft announced Kinect Sports Rivals on the Spike TV pre-news conference coverage. The title will be developed by Rare for the Xbox One and will release sometime this holiday season. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Microsoft opened the press conference not with a word, but with a brand new look at Metal Gear Solid V which showed off new features, locations, weather conditions, and characters. Game Plan for the Xbox 360 After the Metal Gear bombshell, Microsoft went on to explain the future of the Xbox 360, promising hundreds of games and focusing on three of the big ones: former PC exclusive World of Tanks, Max, the Curse of Brotherhood, and Dark Souls II. Eleven Exclusive Titles After getting most of the nitty gritty out of the way, the creators of the Xbox One went on to detail a number of the exclusives that will be available for the system in the near future, some at launch. No More MS Points Microsoft has decided to ditch the Microsoft Points system in favor of using real currency, probably because they realized having an alternate currency was just serving to confuse people out of buying their products online. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Though previously announced, CD Projekt confirmed that the game would be an open world, utilize optional voice commands, and that SmartGlass could be used to manage inventory and character progression. Battlefield 4 A live demo was shown of the game, beginning on a sinking aircraft carrier and moving into a boat assault on a larger vessel. Microsoft confirmed that the first map DLC will be available on Xbox One before it is released anywhere else. Live Streaming and Gameplay Recording Details Microsoft clarified some aspects of how it will allow gamers to live stream their gameplay via Twitch and how gamers will be able to save, edit and record their non-streamed gameplay. Below Below appears to be a promising indie title about exploring the underground areas of a mysterious island and it comes from the same people that created the game and music of Sword and Sworcery. Keep your eye on this one. Minecraft Minecraft made its appearance to confirm that it would indeed be on the Xbox One, that the level size would increase, and that multiplayer capabilities would be greatly expanded upon. Black Tusk's Secret Project To be honest, we weren't shown more than a brief glimpse of the game before the conference moved on. All we know about it is that it is a next-gen title.
  10. Yesterday, Microsoft, free of discussing hardware and the non-gaming aspects of its system, focused squarely on the games. If you weren't able to watch the event yourself, don't have the time, or just plain don't feel like watching it, we've got you covered. In this overview we briefly describe and link various parts of the press conference for your convenience. Price and Release Window for Xbox One The two big questions on everybody's mind was how much was this thing going to cost and when to give Microsoft their money. Both questions were answered. Kinect Sports Rivals Before the conference even began in earnest, Microsoft announced Kinect Sports Rivals on the Spike TV pre-news conference coverage. The title will be developed by Rare for the Xbox One and will release sometime this holiday season. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Microsoft opened the press conference not with a word, but with a brand new look at Metal Gear Solid V which showed off new features, locations, weather conditions, and characters. Game Plan for the Xbox 360 After the Metal Gear bombshell, Microsoft went on to explain the future of the Xbox 360, promising hundreds of games and focusing on three of the big ones: former PC exclusive World of Tanks, Max, the Curse of Brotherhood, and Dark Souls II. Eleven Exclusive Titles After getting most of the nitty gritty out of the way, the creators of the Xbox One went on to detail a number of the exclusives that will be available for the system in the near future, some at launch. No More MS Points Microsoft has decided to ditch the Microsoft Points system in favor of using real currency, probably because they realized having an alternate currency was just serving to confuse people out of buying their products online. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Though previously announced, CD Projekt confirmed that the game would be an open world, utilize optional voice commands, and that SmartGlass could be used to manage inventory and character progression. Battlefield 4 A live demo was shown of the game, beginning on a sinking aircraft carrier and moving into a boat assault on a larger vessel. Microsoft confirmed that the first map DLC will be available on Xbox One before it is released anywhere else. Live Streaming and Gameplay Recording Details Microsoft clarified some aspects of how it will allow gamers to live stream their gameplay via Twitch and how gamers will be able to save, edit and record their non-streamed gameplay. Below Below appears to be a promising indie title about exploring the underground areas of a mysterious island and it comes from the same people that created the game and music of Sword and Sworcery. Keep your eye on this one. Minecraft Minecraft made its appearance to confirm that it would indeed be on the Xbox One, that the level size would increase, and that multiplayer capabilities would be greatly expanded upon. Black Tusk's Secret Project To be honest, we weren't shown more than a brief glimpse of the game before the conference moved on. All we know about it is that it is a next-gen title. View full article
  11. Yusuf Mehdi took the stage for Microsoft today to announce the plans for the next three years of the Xbox 360. A new model for the Xbox 360 based on the Xbox One design is available starting today. The sleek design is smaller and will come packaged with a Kinect, though no price drop is in sight. Mehdi also explained that Xbox Live Gold memberships will extend to Xbox One as well as 360. Two free games will be given away every month to Gold Members, starting with Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3. Mehdi went on to promise hundreds of new games for 360 over the next three years. He singled out three titles in particular coming to 360. Perhaps one of the biggest bombshells was that World of Tanks, a competitive PC giant with over 60 million players, is coming to 360, expanding the competitive eSports edge of the console (as well as tanks blowing each other sky-high). The CEO of Wargaming took the stage, explaining the global phenomenon of World of Tanks and that the 48 million member Xbox Live Community was a compelling reason to bring the game PC to Xbox 360. World of Tanks will remain a free-to-play title while transitioning to console for Gold subscribers (and free for seven days for Silver subscribers), though it is unknown if it will be coming to Xbox One. Press Play, a quirky indie studio revealed its work on Max, the Curse of Brotherhood. The trailer for the game seemed to indicate a plot similar to the 80s cult film, Labyrinth. The trailer starts out with a young boy who casts a spell to make his younger brother disappear. The spell works, opening a portal between worlds and an evil creature abducts his brother and Max must journey, through platforms and hazards to retrieve him.You can view the announcement trailer below. Dark Souls II rounded out the three Xbox 360 titles, appearing to feature updated graphics, weapons and enemies, but nothing incredibly new or revolutionary was displayed for those familiar with the franchise. All three games discussed for Xbox 360 should be releasing later this year.
  12. Yusuf Mehdi took the stage for Microsoft today to announce the plans for the next three years of the Xbox 360. A new model for the Xbox 360 based on the Xbox One design is available starting today. The sleek design is smaller and will come packaged with a Kinect, though no price drop is in sight. Mehdi also explained that Xbox Live Gold memberships will extend to Xbox One as well as 360. Two free games will be given away every month to Gold Members, starting with Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3. Mehdi went on to promise hundreds of new games for 360 over the next three years. He singled out three titles in particular coming to 360. Perhaps one of the biggest bombshells was that World of Tanks, a competitive PC giant with over 60 million players, is coming to 360, expanding the competitive eSports edge of the console (as well as tanks blowing each other sky-high). The CEO of Wargaming took the stage, explaining the global phenomenon of World of Tanks and that the 48 million member Xbox Live Community was a compelling reason to bring the game PC to Xbox 360. World of Tanks will remain a free-to-play title while transitioning to console for Gold subscribers (and free for seven days for Silver subscribers), though it is unknown if it will be coming to Xbox One. Press Play, a quirky indie studio revealed its work on Max, the Curse of Brotherhood. The trailer for the game seemed to indicate a plot similar to the 80s cult film, Labyrinth. The trailer starts out with a young boy who casts a spell to make his younger brother disappear. The spell works, opening a portal between worlds and an evil creature abducts his brother and Max must journey, through platforms and hazards to retrieve him.You can view the announcement trailer below. Dark Souls II rounded out the three Xbox 360 titles, appearing to feature updated graphics, weapons and enemies, but nothing incredibly new or revolutionary was displayed for those familiar with the franchise. All three games discussed for Xbox 360 should be releasing later this year. View full article
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