Microsoft Kinect

Kinect Sports Rivals flops, Rare lays off workers

Kinect Sports Rivals flops, Rare lays off workers

If you have a game that’s so extremely important to the future of your developer group that it’ll make or break said group, you might be Rare. This week it’s being suggested that in light of the less-than-stellar sales of Kinect Sports Rivals, its developers are having to change their game plan.

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Xbox One without Kinect release set for June 9th

Xbox One without Kinect release set for June 9th

It would appear that Microsoft is preparing to take on the gaming market with the Xbox One without their motion-detecting Kinect. This is a bit of a surprise move, as previous to today it was generally accepted as hard-and-fast fact that the Kinect would always be delivered with the console. With this package, the console will cost a cool $399.

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Kinect Sports Rivals Review

Kinect Sports Rivals Review

Kinect Sports Rivals takes Kinect seriously, in a way that no game for the Xbox One yet has. It’s absurd that the Xbox One’s Kinect hadn’t been utilized to the extent that Sports Rivals makes use of it now. Here the developers at Rare and the teams responsible for this game at Microsoft Studios give the platform a good kick in the pants.

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Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

Kinect in focus: Xbox’s app chief talks Smart Homes & Cortana

When you have a product like Kinect, so closely associated with gaming, how do you convince everybody else that they should be installing a motion-tracking camera in the home? Microsoft is looking to smart home technology and health, among other things, to do just that with Kinect for Windows v2, though a stealthy spread through Cortana and smartphones may be just as vital. We caught up with Microsoft’s Michael Mott, general manager of Xbox applications and developer relations, to find out how virtual assistants and home automation could make Kinect-tech the next must-have.

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Microsoft teases Kinect for Windows v2 hardware

Microsoft teases Kinect for Windows v2 hardware

After shipping out its Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits in December last year, Microsoft has finally revealed the final hardware design of Kinect for Windows v2. The hardware resembles the Kinect for Xbox One but the underlying difference is that this new box has the words “Kinect” printed on the top panel. In place of the Xbox Nexus styled green “x” we find a simple power indicator.

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Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One Release tapped with first trailer

Kinect Sports Rivals Xbox One Release tapped with first trailer

While we've yet to get up close and personal with gameplay as such, Microsoft has laid out their plan for Kinect Sports Rivals for the Xbox One this week. What we're about to see is a release on April 8th, 2014 inside North America as well as throughout Australia and New Zealand for this title, while greater Europe will see release on April 11th.

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Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

For those of you lucky enough to have caught Kanye West’s Yeezus tour as it came down upon the earth over the past few months, you’ll have witnessed the world’s first live concert utilization of Microsoft’s Kinect. The piece of the concert in question here was when West sang Black Skinhead, heading to the front of his architectural wonder to a piece of the stage that bounced. Up in front of this piece of the stage was a Kinect.

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