Review Category : Xbox

At Microsoft BUILD 2014, Microsoft made it official that the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK are coming this summer. Also another important announcement was that they are adding Windows Store app development support. With it, developers will be able to start creating Windows Store apps with Kinect for the first time. Kinect for Windows v2 sensor: The Kinect for Windows v2 has been re-engineered with major enhancements in color fidelity, video definition, field of view, depth perception, and skeletal tracking. In other words, the v2 sensor offers greater overall precision, improved responsiveness, and intuitive capabilities that will accelerate your development of voice and gesture experiences. Specifically, the Kinect for Windows v2 includes 1080p HD video, which allows for crisp, high-quality augmented scenarios; a wider field of view, which means that users can stand closer to the sensor—making it possible to use the sensor in smaller rooms; improved skeletal ...

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As announced yesterday, Microsoft has now released Xbox One SmartGlass beta app for Windows and Android devices. Description This is a Public Beta of Xbox One SmartGlass that provides an early peek at new capabilities. Use the feedback button in the app to let us know what you think. Features OneGuide support built into SmartGlass View what’s on TV without interrupting what you’re doing on your Xbox One Change TV channels on your Xbox One through OneGuide on SmartGlass Find and favorite TV Channels TV Universal Remote Control to control your Cable Box and TV Known Issues • A few buttons in the Cable/TV remote may not work. • Some strings are out-of-date or missing. • In International countries, there may be issues with the OneGuide and unlocalized strings Scenarios to Try • Browse OneGuide on your SmartGlass device • Tune to a show from OneGuide in SmartGlass. • Get ...

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Microsoft Xbox One team has not yet settled down since their launch last year. They are still delivering significant updates every other month which includes lots of improvements and new features as well. Today, the previewed the upcoming Xbox One update that is being released to Xbox One Update preview users. Here are the new features, You can rent (or buy) a movie on Xbox Video, begin watching on one screen, then pick-up right where you left off on another.* Perfect for movie junkies or anyone who loves marathon-watching TV shows, Xbox Video makes it easier than ever to watch whatever you like on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or even online at XboxVideo.com. We added a range of new SmartGlass features recently to make it easier for anyone around the world to navigate Xbox One experiences. With SmartGlass you can now: Easily navigate game options ...

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Along with the March system update, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the users. Microsoft today shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Twitch on Xbox One has played a big role in the increase in Xbox One usage since the app added broadcasting on March 10. In fact, nearly 23 million minutes have been broadcast from Twitch on Xbox One since launch. This includes more than 2.7 million minutes broadcast from Xbox One March 10-11, the most ever for a Twitch console app in its first day. Additionally, 30 percent of all Twitch unique broadcasters were broadcasting from Xbox One during the app’s first day. In its first week, 108,000 unique Twitch users ...

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Microsoft has announced for free games for Xbox Live Gold members for this month. It includes Hitman: Absolution And Deadlight. Starting Tuesday (April 1st) Hitman: Absolution (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through April 15th. Then on April 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Deadlight (Normally US $14.99) for free through April 30th. The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. ...

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 Microsoft’s Build developer conference is starting this week and just in time Microsoft has revealed the full list of sessions that will take place at Build. Lots of sessions related to next generation Windows Phone platform, next gen .Net apps and more are happening. I found some interesting sessions which developers would find it interesting. Check them out below. Understanding the Xbox One Game Platform Built on Windows Windows Desktop Development Platform Advancements – Delight users of your desktop apps by taking advantages of touch/pen/mouse/touchpad input, high DPI displays, and rich animations. In this talk for Win32 developers, we cover desktop platform advances in Windows 8.1 Update. Windows and the Internet of Things - Connected, smart devices have become pervasive. These “Things” already outnumber more traditional computing devices and are set to surpass the 100 billion devices mark within a few short years. In this session you’ll learn about how ...

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Linkin Park has partnered with with Team Dakota(the developers behind Project Spark) and Microsoft Studios to create a new experience in the delivery of music and video games. In celebration of Linkin Park’s upcoming album, Linkin Park has created the first-ever entirely remixable and interactive music video and gameplay experience using Project Spark. Built by “Project Spark” developers Team Dakota in collaboration with Linkin Park, the game level “Guilty all the Same” features the new hit single and provide everyone with a remixable gameplay experience and audio remix station enabling them to build whatever they want. “Project Spark” unlocks imagination and creativity like never before, for free on Xbox One and Windows 8.1. “Project Spark” beta is now open to everyone on Xbox One and PC. You can find more info at www.projectspark.com and on Xbox One, join a community of creators and players, and experience the “Guilty All the Same” level exclusivity on “Project Spark” ...

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Early this year, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. The deal included rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft. Speaking to Gamespot, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has explained why the studio sold the Gears of War franchise. In short, they got bored with this franchise and had more exciting plans for the games of future. Even though they loved the franchise, they wanted to move in a new direction. “We’ve gone through a long process of figuring out the games we’re going to build at Epic worldwide in the future and we concluded that we weren’t going to be building any more Gears of War,” “The core Gears values are really tied ...

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  Microsoft is working on the upcoming launch of Kinect for Windows v2. Yesterday, they shared the hardware’s final look. Sensor The sensor closely resembles the Kinect for Xbox One, except that it says “Kinect” on the top panel, and the Xbox Nexus—the stylized green “x”—has been changed to a simple, more understated power indicator. Hub and power supply The sensor requires a couple other components to work: the hub and the power supply. Tying everything together is the hub (top item pictured below), which accepts three connections: the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power. The power supply (bottom item pictured below) does just what its name implies: it supplies all the power the sensor requires to operate. The power cables will vary by country or region, but the power supply itself supports voltages from 100–240 volts. Source: Kinect blog ...

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While many of us were expecting Microsoft to make some announcements regarding Virtual Reality at GDC, Sony revealed their prototype called Project Morpheus. It is similar to Oculus Rift where gamers will be wearing the device on their heads to experience the immersive experience. Today, Facebook shocked and surprised the tech industry by acquiring Oculus. Read the full press release below, MENLO PARK, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading days preceding March 21, 2014 of $69.35 per share).  The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on ...

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Microsoft Xbox yesterday announced the kick-off of the “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship,” the first ever global motion-sports competition. The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” is a competition for players from around the world who mastered “Kinect Sports Rivals” gameplay skills. Prize Details:  The grand prize winner will get $10,000 in cash and a trip of a lifetime for two to one of four amazing destinations. The grand prize winner will choose one (1) trip, from one of the following vacation packages: a water sports adventure in Bora Bora, walking the Great Wall of China, trekking to Machu Picchu or skiing the Swiss Alps. Additional prizes include: 2nd Place: USD $5,000 3rd Place: USD $2,500 4th Place: USD $1,000 5th – 11th Place: USD $500 each The “Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship” will begin online on April 8 in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Brazil, and on April 11 in the U.K., ...

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Few days back, we reported that Walmart is now offering Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449, a $50 off from the original price of $499. Also, the largest online retailer Amazon is now offering the same deal of selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449 and it includes free shipping as well. Microsoft Store has joined this new $449 Xbox One deal club with even more incentives. Find the deals below. Xbox One Titanfall Edition: Buy the Xbox One bundle. Get Titanfall. Celebrate the future of multiplayer gaming with the Xbox One Titanfall bundle. It includes Xbox One, Titanfall, and a month of Xbox Live Gold, all for the same price as a standard Xbox One.* Limited quantities, get yours now.  Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership Card Save $20 when you buy an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership Card with an Xbox One console. Add $39.99, regularly $59.99 Order it ...

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Ubisoft has announced the next iteration of Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. This game is coming to Xbox One and PC this coming holiday season. Ubisoft has also released a trailer which you can seen above. Qu’ils mangent de la brioche [Let them eat cake]! We have been working on the new Assassin’s Creed for more than three years and although we weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC, it seems Abstergo are trying to force our hand!  So here’s a true first look at in-game footage from Assassin’s Creed Unity. Stay tuned – we’ll have many more exciting details for you in the months ahead! Pre-order this game from Amazon from the below links, Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity – PC     ...

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Yesterday we reported that Walmart is now offering Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449, a $50 off from the original price of $499. Now, the largest online retailer Amazon is now offering the same deal of selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $449 and it includes free shipping as well. This bundle includes: The Xbox One Console, the Xbox One Wireless Controller, the Xbox One Kinect Sensor, the Xbox One Headset, a one month Xbox Live token card, and a Titanfall full game token code Titanfall requires an internet connection and Xbox Live Gold Membership to play. The console is driven by a powerful combination of CPU, GPU and 8GB of RAM, governed by an innovative OS architecture, to deliver power, speed and agility Kinect is included with every Xbox One. Completely reengineered to be more precise, responsive and intuitive with unparalleled voice, vision and motion technology 720p or higher ...

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Microsoft today officially announced DirectX 12 gaming platform at GDC. DirectX 12 will feature the next version of Direct3D, that is faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices, from phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, Xbox One. Microsoft worked closely with all the leading GPU vendors like AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Intel. What makes Direct3D 12 better? First and foremost, it provides a lower level of hardware abstraction than ever before, allowing games to significantly improve multithread scaling and CPU utilization.  In addition, games will benefit from reduced GPU overhead via features such as descriptor tables and concise pipeline state objects.  And that’s not all – Direct3D 12 also introduces a set of new rendering pipeline features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling. Of course, an API is only as good as the tools ...

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Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment Studios shows off their Snowdrop Engine at this year’s GDC. Tom Clancy: The Division game is based on this Snowdrop engine and it will be the first game that will be releasing to the market with this next gen engine. This Snowdrop engine will work only on next generation systems like Xbox One and latest PCs. Watch it in the video above, the demo looks amazing. Go behind the scenes at Massive Entertainment – A Ubisoft Studio, and discover the power of the Snowdrop engine; Massive’s in-house answer to video game creation on the new generation of consoles. Snowdrop supports the philosophy of the studio to work better, not bigger, by giving content creators the freedom to experiment, prototype and truly unleash their creativity. Ubisoft detailed their Snowdrop engine last year as following, In terms of innovation, the VGX trailer teased out a few tantalizing glimpses of next-gen ...

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