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Xbox’s Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive is temporary

Xbox’s Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive is temporary

Xbox's controversial exclusivity deal for Rise of the Tomb Raider may not be as ominous as PlayStation and PC gamers feared, with Microsoft admitting that the agreement is time-limited. Microsoft announced yesterday at its Gamescon opening presentation that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an Xbox exclusive when it arrived in time for the holiday 2015 sales, but according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, things are a little more complicated.

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The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

The irony: Microsoft makes depth-tracking phone while ignoring Kinect

Microsoft may have conspicuously ignored Kinect in its Gamescon event today, going as far as to leave the motion sensor out of all three of its new Xbox One bundles, but that doesn't mean the rest of the company is giving up on clever camera tech. Microsoft Research has been working on turning a regular smartphone into a depth-camera, delivering Kinect and Google Project Tango style scanning and tracking but with a fraction of the complexity.

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ID@Xbox rundown: more high-end “indy” games head to Xbox One

ID@Xbox rundown: more high-end “indy” games head to Xbox One

This morning Xbox One was put in the spotlight with not only a collection of fantastic AAA games and exclusives, but with a set of "indy" games as well. I suggest we put quotation marks around the word "indy" at this point not because of the size of the production studios behind the games, but because of their high quality. These are the AAA indy games, that is to say.

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Sorry PS4: Xbox One grabs Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive

Sorry PS4: Xbox One grabs Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive

Bad news, PlayStation gamers: if you were hoping to play Rise of the Tomb Raider then you'll need to pick up an Xbox One, too, since it's confirmed today that the game will be exclusive to the console. Set to arrive in holiday 2015, the new installment in the long-running series will see Lara Croft return to the sort of tombs that she explored in the earliest games. However, PS4 owners are already angry.

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