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Xbox One Update April 2015: the rundown

Xbox One Update April 2015: the rundown

This month Microsoft is bringing a number of updates to Xbox One - as they do every month - with spots on Party chat, Game Hub, and Achievements. Users are also able to work with What's On, just so long as they're inside the United States, Canada, or the UK. What's on Works with OneGuide to bring suggestions for users for videos, games, movies, TV shows, game broadcasts, and Trending TV based on region. This update will be coming this week to an Xbox One near you.

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Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Twitch x Rhymesayers: the hip-hop game-stream team-up

Back when Twitch announced they were about to have a music program earlier this year, rap label Rhymesayers collective ears perked up. Having an collection of songs and artists that resonated with gamers already, the Rhymesayers crew knew that a Twitch team-up would be a marriage worth tapping into. Just this week, Twitch announced their collaboration - along with streaming video games from their offices and homes and hosting community events, Rhymesayers would be delivering a 100 tracks from their catalog to Twitch for gamers to stream and archive legally.

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OnLive shutdown only in name: tech remains

OnLive shutdown only in name: tech remains

This morning it was announced that Sony had acquired OnLive and that they would be shutting down the service permanently. What they didn't tell you is that OnLive wasn't the only service offering full-powered AAA game streaming from the cloud. They also didn't tell you that OnLive was using NVIDIA GPU technology. NVIDIA GPU technology also powers a service that has many similar features to OnLive along with a few that cloud gaming service didn't have. That service is called NVIDIA GRID.

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OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

OnLive shut down by Sony: all services canned

The streaming game service known as OnLive has been acquired by Sony, and all OnLive services will be shut down on April 30th. Were you one of the unlucky few that purchased a physical OnLive Game System when it was released back in 2011? Too bad! That system doesn't work with any other software. Were you using the OnLive app on Android or your desktop machine? Too bad, it's all over. Starting on April 30th, all OnLive services are finished, gone, kaput, no more.

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Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Xbox One

Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Xbox One

This news should probably come as a surprise to no one after Microsoft unveiled the Kinect Adapter for Windows last October. In a nutshell, this has made the Kinect for Windows somewhat redundant. So today, Microsoft is officially killing off the product. Of course, it's saying that it's "consolidating" its Kinect portfolio. The tech company will no longer be making the Windows-compatible Kinect, leaving remaining stocks to dwindle. That said, in the end, it should be business as usual for everyone, as they can continue using the Xbox One's Kinect instead.

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Samsung’s new curved monitors priced for May

Samsung’s new curved monitors priced for May

Samsung's latest curved monitors want to take your display to the next level. These could be a great boon for gamers out there. The curved screen creates an immersive display to really "get in the game." PC gaming is having a moment, as "let's play" and Twitch TV are making it easier for everyone to share gaming experiences. Samsung's new line of curved monitors join the SE790C which it unveil at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. By adding 4 new curved monitors to its line up, Samsung is giving customers more computing (and PC gaming!) options.

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OnLive game service is shutting down April 30

OnLive game service is shutting down April 30

OnLive, a gaming-centric company offering a cloud platform, among other things, has announced that it will be shutting down later on this month. The move isn't surprising, given the company's financial troubles and recent layoffs, and according to a statement from the company, Sony will be swooping in to "acquire important parts" of the company. Unfortunately for those who use it, one of the important parts isn't its continued operations, and so all will be going dark on April 30.

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‘Pacapong’ game cobbles together Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong

‘Pacapong’ game cobbles together Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pong

Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Pong...all games that have been entertaining gamers for a long while, and are now the source of a new game that has cobbled them all together in a masterful way. The game is called "Pacapong", and largely revolves around a modern Pac-Man board with Pong paddles on both sides, Space Invaders dropping down around them, and Pac-Man being flung through the board -- between the ghosts -- into the paddles. It's a wonderful way to put your skills to the test, and a refreshing twist on the long-standing classics.

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LEGO may jump in on Amiibo craze soon

LEGO may jump in on Amiibo craze soon

The gaming universe and LEGO aren't unfamiliar with one another. A whole barrage of LEGO-themed games have been released over the past several years, and there doesn't appear to be any end to the releases well into the future. There's even an online role-playing game you can play where (some) figures you collect in real life can be brought into the game. Until now, this was all done with simple, rudimentary code-entering. The next step should be rather obvious to those familiar with Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Amiibo figures.

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Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

Hyperkin SmartBoy concept turns iPhone 6 Plus into Game Boy

There's no shortage of mobile game pads, and likewise there's an emulator to meet every nostalgic gaming need. Form is as important as function, however, and Hyperkin's latest concept -- the SmartBoy -- is an exciting prospect, one that the maker is teasing plans to actually produce. The SmartBoy is a device that houses one's smartphone, providing Game Boy-like controls with a similar design, while providing compatibility with existing Game Boy cartridges -- meaning you'll be able to play classic games sans ROMs and hassle, and with a pleasantly retro twist.

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