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Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft’s 3D Windows Phone flagship? It’s apparently dead

Microsoft has reportedly killed its upcoming flagship Windows Phone, a motion-tracking smartphone codenamed McLaren, with attempts to motivate developers to use its 3D Touch control system supposedly falling flat. McLaren is believed to have piped Kinect-style gesture recognition into a smartphone form-factor, but according to insiders a range of issues - including cost and struggles to find a killer use-case - scuppered the project.

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First Xbox One Kinect opt-out games confirmed for graphics boost

First Xbox One Kinect opt-out games confirmed for graphics boost

The first Xbox One games to benefit from ditching Kinect have been named, with both Destiny and Sunset Overdrive committed to using the extra GPU grunt to hit 1080p/30fps. Microsoft confirmed that, by giving developers access to hitherto-reserved system resources once earmarked for Kinect functionality, games could potentially see a 10-percent performance boost. However, it wasn't so easy as unplugging the sensor bar and seeing better quality graphics.

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New Windows Phone may have gesture control, like Kinect

New Windows Phone may have gesture control, like Kinect

Companies like Motorola and Microsoft want you to have smartphones, but don’t seem to want you to touch them. Motorola’s always-on listening mode gave us hands-free search, and a new report suggests Microsoft is trying to do something similar. Relying on gestures, a new handset may end up being the one you set down and never pick back up.

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Kinect for Windows v2 hits preorder as Microsoft crows potential

Kinect for Windows v2 hits preorder as Microsoft crows potential

Microsoft may be offering the Xbox One without Kinect for motion-uninterested gamers, but it's also counting on plenty of Windows users and developers being interested in the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. Up for preorder today, the new sensor bar - effectively the same hardware as for the Xbox One, but designed to work with the updated Windows SDK - is expected to ship in limited numbers from July.

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Rabbids Kinect interactive TV show summoned by Ubisoft

Rabbids Kinect interactive TV show summoned by Ubisoft

Rabbids Invasion is the name of the game, and the name of the genre is Interactive TV Show. What you’ll be doing in Rabbids Invasion is taking part in 20 episodes of a TV show, becoming "both an actor and a spectator." This will be the first in a series of interactive TV show releases from Ubisoft should the first prove to be a success.

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Xbox One 10% graphics boost incoming (by sacrificing Kinect)

Xbox One 10% graphics boost incoming (by sacrificing Kinect)

The Xbox One is getting a graphics boost, though the potential 10-percent improvement will only affect the console when Kinect isn't plugged in, Microsoft has admitted. Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed that the Xbox One's software dev kit to be released this month will bring with it "more GPU bandwidth", with Microsoft later confirming that the extra grunt comes from freeing up resources previously reserved for powering Kinect, assuming game developers choose to take advantage of it.

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Xbox One Screenshot feature coming soon

Xbox One Screenshot feature coming soon

This week the folks responsible for upgrading the Xbox One’s features have let it be known that there will soon be a real-deal screenshot ability. Where "Xbox, Capture That" already allows you to capture video from the device, soon you’ll be finding the ability to capture the display as a single, still shot as well.

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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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Why Microsoft just killed the Kinect

Why Microsoft just killed the Kinect

It’s all over. Microsoft’s Kinect, which has improved greatly since its launch on the Xbox 360, is officially on a death march that won’t slow down.

Microsoft announced recently that in order to bring its console price down, it will soon start selling the Xbox One without a Kinect. The new price tag for the bundle -- $399 – will certainly attract those who have been turned off by the $499 price, but is it really in the best interests of Microsoft?

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