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Xbox One requires Kinect to function

Xbox One requires Kinect to function

This week as the Xbox One is introduced to the world, the company opposing Sony and their PlayStation 4 have taken an entirely different approach to its first reveal: console, Kinect, and controller included. If you decided that you weren't about to connect a motion-tracking device to your gaming console no matter what the trends in the industry, Microsoft and the Xbox One might have you thinking twice. In a close-up chat with an Xbox UK marketing director it's been revealed that the Xbox requires that its new Kinect device be attached at all times.

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Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

Xbox One introduces Skype video chat with Kinect

This week the folks at Microsoft have let it be known that their next-generation console will be going by the name Xbox One, and with it will be coming Skype video chat for the living room. This gaming device is named "Xbox One" because Microsoft intends it to be an all-in-one home entertainment device, with Skype leading the way with group video calls through Kinect.

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Microsoft next-gen Kinect sensor to support 1080p, USB 3.0, and 60ms latency

Microsoft next-gen Kinect sensor to support 1080p, USB 3.0, and 60ms latency

There's a lot of talk going on about Microsoft's next-generation gaming console, but we haven't heard a whole lot about the console's next-generation Kinect sensor add-on. According to a leak, the new Kinect will feature quite a bit of upgrades from the current sensor, including full HD streaming, and a quicker latency that's cut down by a third from the current Kinect sensor.

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Xbox 720 may be “always watching” with mandatory Kinect

Xbox 720 may be “always watching” with mandatory Kinect

One of the most terrifying prospects we've heard in the past few years surrounding a gaming console - or a computer of any type, for that matter, has been re-addressed this week with the Xbox 720. This machine has not yet been confirmed as even being in development by Microsoft as of yet, but another bag of tips has been revealed with specifications and features included with the device that may set your hair on end. The first and perhaps most important of these is the idea that the included Kinect camera need to be plugged in to the machine at all times - and that it'll be watching you constantly.

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Xbox Kinect skateboard concept demos hand-gesture control

Xbox Kinect skateboard concept demos hand-gesture control

Thanks to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect motion-sensing device, hand gesturing is becoming more and more popular, and a lot of innovative companies are trying out the device themselves to come up with new ways to control things through hand gestures. Toyota has made a skateboard concept using a Kinect camera and a Windows 8 tablet to demonstrate some of the technology that the auto manufacturer may possibly implement into their vehicles in the future.

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Microsoft cuts Kinect price by $40 permanently

Microsoft cuts Kinect price by $40 permanently

If you weren't convinced by the Xbox 360 Essentials Pack revealed earlier today, Microsoft has another deal for you gamers out there - a $40 price cut on the Kinect. This piece of hardware is the sensor that allows your body to become the controller, connected here to the Xbox 360 with a "permanent price drop" on the books now per Microsoft's own Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. This makes the unit a $109.99 peripheral and still requires that you purchase an Xbox 360 unit besides - unless you've already got one, of course.

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Fifa 13 Kinect will be influenced by swearing

Fifa 13 Kinect will be influenced by swearing

The Kinect has seen some interesting uses from various games, with some trying to incorporate the motion controls directly into gameplay, while others use it as a learning tool, but Fifa 13 may take things one step further. According to The Telegraph, Fifa 13 will listen in on the player and pick up any swearing or bad language using the Kinect’s microphone. The game will then let that influence the referee in the football game, which could lead to harsher judgements.

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