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Microsoft to release Kinect hardware for Windows

Microsoft to release Kinect hardware for Windows

Microsoft's Kinect voice and motion control capabilities will soon expand beyond the Xbox 360 gaming console. The software giant has revealed plans to release new Kinect hardware designed specifically for Windows. This new device would sport hardware components optimized for PC scenarios and will be made available by early 2012.

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Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

The folks at Microsoft have announced plans today to expand their Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE functionality to include a slew of new services, partners, and functionality. More than 20 countries are involved in the rolling out of this expansion, partners ranging from HBO to Verizon to the BBC to Televisa, everyone's in on it! There's a unified dashboard for Xbox LIVE, Comcast Xfinity integration, 26 new channels of live TV in the USA, further Bing search integration with voice-powered search, "more entertainment options" including Zone marketplace expansion with Xbox LIVE and Kinect, a handful of new apps, sharing, and music discovery. Is it time everyone jumped aboard this Xbox 360 as entertainment station train? Quite possibly yes!

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Zumba Fitness dance exercise video game Hands-on [Video]

Zumba Fitness dance exercise video game Hands-on [Video]

Ever since we first heard of systems like the Wii and the Xbox 360 Kinect, we though gosh, that'd be awesome to utilize for exercise games. Imagine that, this is exactly what happened. But here's the thing: development is slow if you compare the exercise game ecosystem with games of basically every other type. There's been some games for the Wii Balance Board, the Wii Fit has seen some action, but what about Xbox 360's Kinect? How about the PlayStation Move? Is it just that gamers simply do not want to use their gaming systems to do work? Zumba Fitness isn't the first game in history to make dancing and therefore exercise an enjoyable activity, but it's certainly the most interesting to your humble narrator's eyes in the past few weeks, that's for sure.

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Nyko Zoom lets you play Kinect in smaller spaces

Nyko Zoom lets you play Kinect in smaller spaces

Game peripherals maker Nyko launched a new device today called the Zoom that's meant to be an add-on to Microsoft's Kinect. Anyone who's played a Kinect game, knows that it requires a large space, which not everyone has. But not to worry for those of you living in dorms or inhabiting other confined spaces, the Nyko Zoom reduces the space requirement by 40 percent.

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Fruit Ninja Kinect makes you the ninja on Xbox 360

Fruit Ninja Kinect makes you the ninja on Xbox 360

This game may be the coolest use yet for the Kinect. If you love Fruit Ninja on your iPhone or other mobile device, you will love the announcement Halfbrick made at E3. The developer is bringing Fruit Ninja to the Xbox and the game will use the Kinect to allow you to be the fruit killer. The game will be featured as part of the Summer of Arcade promotion from Microsoft and should be very cool. The game is pegged to land later this summer.

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Disney Partners with Microsoft to bring Theme Park to Xbox

Disney Partners with Microsoft to bring Theme Park to Xbox

Now anyone in the world can visit the Walt Disney theme park, even if it is only in the virtual world. At E3 this morning, the new Disneyland Adventures release was confirmed for the Kinect. It is a children’s themed title that appears to be a collection of mini-games based on the real world theme park. Even though it is cartoony and geared at younger audiences, it looks like anyone who enjoys the Disney theme for a casual gaming experience should like this game.

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Xbox 360 Remains King in 2011

Xbox 360 Remains King in 2011

As of March 2011, Xbox 360 is and remains the number one selling console in the entirety of the United States. This is judged based on console and software sales as well as continued consumer demand for the accessory known as Kinect, aka the fastest selling consumer electronics device in 60 days in recorded history. Sounds pretty impressive, yes? Let's go through a few highlights that'll continue to make your brain melt all over the floor.

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Why I Won’t be Getting a Kinect at Launch

Why I Won’t be Getting a Kinect at Launch

If you’ve been following my column on SlashGear, you know that I’m a pretty serious gamer. In fact, I’d say that I’m about as hardcore as they come. Aside from the fact that I’ve been playing games for longer than I choose to remember, I have real and abiding love for everything from role-playing games to sports games. There hasn’t been a single genre that I haven’t at one time or another loved.

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