I have such mixed feelings about the Kinect. I honestly do think it's the closest thing to "future tech" that we have right now - voice and gesture commands are pretty cool. However, the big brother concern is always prevalent. If I had a theme song, that might just make it all better.
The original Xbox 360 was renowned for its incredible failure rate of around 54% which forced Microsoft into a billion dollar warranty extension to save the division. So when the Xbox One was announced and released all eyes were on the hardware failure rate.
Don’t worry guys, this stuff is only virtually real. The Oculus Rift has the attention of the world right now, with Sony set to release their own VR kit one of these days, presumably while Nintendo tries to bury the memory of the 3D Virtual Boy. Now add Microsoft to that rumour list, as it looks like the house of Xbox is also wanting to enter the goofy headset market.
Hate him or love to hate him, but whenever industry analyst Michael Pachter opens his mouth he says something interesting – even if you don't necessarily agree with it. I’ve a pretty good feeling many of you will agree with him this time though. He’s said that Kinect is “irrelevant.”
If you’re an Xbox One owners tired of shouting at your TV to get it to do things like open Netflix, switch to other media apps or control your Blu-ray discs or any other media related things, Microsoft’s got just the thing for you; the Xbox One controller that comes with your console. Or Smartglass. Or gestures using Kinect, because you are the controller. Yesterday, they announced another thing to do that job; a media remote.
Microsoft’s newest console, the Xbox One is a fine bit of tech, and it’s doing pretty well – but not nearly as well as Sony’s PlayStation 4. Its games don’t run as well, it’s more expensive and it’s bundled with Kinect. If the rumours are correct, Microsoft may just be trying to fix the latter two problems.
I love a good pepperoni pizza. For years, I hated to phone for delivery, though - what if they asked weird questions, or we didn't understand each other? Pizza Hut knew gamers were not always keen on picking up the phone, and their Xbox 360 app can only be called a success.
Alright, we all know that you can tell your Xbox to turn itself on and off. Kind of like being married. In any event, it's all possible because of the new Kinect, which can also scan your QR codes. It can do all this faster than you might imagine.
Microsoft has told us about the cloud, and they've told us about the Kinect, but apparently we just don't see why they're so awesome. Now, we get a new video spelling it out for us - and to be honest, I think it's pretty cool. Kinect may still be creepy, but at least it's not ONLY creepy.
Popular Mechanics is a much loved magazine, particularly popular in the US of A. Every year, they make their top 10 list of products that showed innovation and transformation. Guess what, the Xbox One landed on the list!
Sony’s PlayStation 4, very much unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One, doesn’t force a camera peripheral on users. Why is that?
A new rumour popped up last week that Microsoft were planning on using the Kinect to record your face and emotions and then upload this data to the cloud, they would then match the advertising you see to the mood you currently are in.
Microsoft’s next-generation console, the Xbox One, is widely believed to be just that little bit less powerful than Sony’s PlayStation 4. Recent increases to both the GPU and CPU clocks have lessened the gap, and according to Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, in future the gap could be even smaller. They reveal that a full 10 per cent of the of the system’s graphics capability is currently reserved for Kinect and apps, but that it could be unlocked to game developers in the future.
DICE confirmed a while back that Battlefield 4 would be tailored to each platforms strengths, and as such would include some sort of Kinect functionality. They’ve now detailed how Kinect and companion devices loaded with Smartlgass will be used in the Xbox One version of the game.