Cortana will arrive on Xbox One in November as a part of the consoles newly designed visual improvements, offering gamers assistance with features such as quickly finding great games, new challengers and friends on Xbox Live, or accomplish common tasks. Cortana can also help you get achievements by surfacing videos and information to help you succeed.Click here to read more...
I've owned an Xbox One for just over a year and still haven't managed to find a use for the Kinect I have for it. But, that said I also haven't found a use for the Playstation Camera either. Both were impulse purchases just because I wanted them.
Still, whether you find a use for it or not, £34.96 is a brilliant price. I've also heard you can substitute players with your voice on FIFA using it.
We're told that gaming will get better on the Xbox One with the introduction of the new and improved Xbox One Dashboard. In what looks like a major shift away from the current 'metro' theme Microsoft have seemingly focused on a more simple, speed enhanced design.
A double tap on the Xbox One home button will slide in a pane from the left of your screen for easy access to your friends list, notifications, messages and even some important settings you may wish to access quite often without having to delve to far into the consoles options.Click here to read more...
This is a crazy Xbox One console bundle deal. Asda are basically giving away and Xbox One with Kinect and Titanfall for under £300 because the box is a bit tatty.
Here's the disclaimer from Asda's website: "Damaged Packaging - Please be aware that the product packaging for this item is damaged. Actual product is in original manufacturer's condition." If you can brave a broken box for one of the best console bundle deals around, I'd say go for it. Cheers arthurd123!
Did you pick up a Kinect-less Xbox One and want to add voice command functionality to the Xbox experience? Fancy trying out auto sign-in and playing the tiny number of Kinect-enabled games the way they were meant to be experienced? Well you'll soon be in luck, because Microsoft are releasing the standalone Kinect sensor for the bargain price of...
This deal is over. Now it's ranting time.DEAL ABORTED. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENSUING RANT >>
It's emergency podcast time! Microsoft, having just announced that they're to unbundle the Kinect camera from the Xbox One in an upcoming console package, are put under the microscope of scrutiny in today's discussion.
We ask if Microsoft has shot itself in the foot with the latest u-turn, we ponder over just how much of a slap in the face this is for early adopters, we wonder if the last year has been an enormous waste of time and money, and we think upon the price cut this will no doubt mean for the camera-less option and see how it might fare up against the PS4 going forwards.
Has Microsoft done the right thing? Will this allow the Redmond company to just focus on the games in the near future with E3 around the corner? Are you happy about this as a consumer or disappointed that MS didn't stick to its guns and lied through their teeth for the past year?
Is this the end of Kinect? Do we give a badger's chestnut either way? Hit play to listen to us chat excitably about all of this and more in today's emergency podcast!
Stop the presses. This is a big one.
After months of staunchly defending selling Kinect as a core part of the Xbox One ecosystem, Microsoft has now confirmed that a cheaper Xbox One package will be sold without the pricey depth sensor at a reduced RRP.
What's more, they'll also remove the Xbox Live Gold restrictions on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, just to sweeten the pot.
It's certainly nice to see a cheaper model out there, but have they cut their nose off to spite their face?Click here to read more...
Last year, the internet erupted into a white-hot ragestorm when Microsoft revealed that Kinect would quietly listen to everything you say, like a futuristic surveillance device poised to relay your everyday life directly to security agencies. The hot-button topic launched a thousand angry threads, with users terrified of the potential breach of privacy. Then the console launched, and as always, we meekly forgot all about it.
However, I'm here to remind you that Kinect is still listening... and it's a bigger issue than you thought. That microphone is indeed snooping on everything said in your living room, and is automatically transmitting directly to a third party who can hear every unguarded utterance, free to use your personal information for nefarious ends.
So who is this shadowy spymaster prying into your private lives? No, it's not the NSA. No, it's not GCHQ. Or the KGB. Or SPECTRE. Let's bust this conspiracy wide open.
It's ME, yes, Jonathan Lester, who's at the heart of this massive surveillance operation. Or more accurately: everyone on your multiplayer team. By default, Kinect is your chat microphone when playing online, meaning that you really, really need to watch what you say to avoid broadcasting far Too Much Information.Click here to read more...
Zavvi have seen the future and it involves everyone heavily discounting Fighter Within thanks to the stinky scores it's been racking up. They're selling it for £15 cheaper than the other sites at the moment. Matt's take on the preview build of the Kinect-only fighter was that it was a bit of a laugh in two player, but you it lacks the depth of a regular fighting game. If it's on someone's Xmas list, this is a great price, although it could get cheaper thanks to those review scores.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
Kinect isn't just a gimmick any more. Well, I suppose it is, but it's a damn good one nonetheless. Xbox One's powerful depth sensor is capable of automatically recognising us, our profiles and even when we put down our controllers; tracking our movements and keeping us in frame during Skype calls. Plus, if you outstretch an arm and clench your fist, you'll discover that the Minority Report dream is almost here.
However, by far our favourite thing about Kinect is its microphone, which lets us control the Xbox One using simple words and phrases. It's powerful, enjoyable and feels a bit like helming our own videogame starship. You'll need to say the exact phrases, though, the words of power, in order to navigate your new console without touching a controller.
So here, dear reader, is an exhaustive list of voice commands to show off to your friends today.
Bear this in mind: If you see text written in green, chances are that you can read it aloud to perform an action. Also, after successfully performing a voice command, Kinect keeps listening alertly for a few seconds (an icon appears in the top-right corner of the screen) so you don't necessarily have to say "Xbox" each time to get its attention.Click here to read more...
Your games. Your entertainment. Your sports. Your television. Your sports television [that joke was old five months ago - Ed].
It's all yours, all in one, on Xbox One. A new video documentary shows off how Microsoft's upcoming console will automatically recognise players and show them a personalised home screen, along with some predictable last-minute posturing. There are only eight days to go, so you can hardly blame them.Click here to read more...
Platforms: Xbox One
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
Kinect Sports actually proved to be a pretty solid launch title for the original incarnation of the motion control peripheral. Once you understood the limitations of the hardware -- something that could be said of Wii Sports' debut as well -- the game became an absolute blast, and a party staple to be enjoyed with friends and family. No, it wasn't perfect, but it was a lot better than most of the drivel that came out for the Xbox 360's Kinect camera.
Fast forward to late-2013, and Rare have some unfinished business with Kinect, and now, with the improved motion sensor in Kinect 2.0, can they finally deliver the motion control experience we all hoped for several years ago?
The answer, actually, might just be yes. A muck-about with Kinect Sports Rivals: Preseason -- the free Wave Race-esque download that'll be launching alongside the Xbox One in a matter of days -- not only shows off the impressive subtleties of movement that the new Kinect camera picks up on, but it presents the whole thing in a slightly more visually impressive manner, even if everything is still incredibly bright, wholesome, and, dare I say it, saccharine. Then again, we've been complaining about the drudgery of greys and browns in gaming for years, so I'm going to shut my face on that one.Click here to read more...
Platforms: Xbox One
Oh Kinect. When you first emerged we were so excited. Well, sort of. We dreamed of 1-1 connections between our physical bodies and the virtual simulacra that appeared upon the screens before us. Imagine, we thought to ourselves, if we could do a Hadouken and have our avatars do the same with no delay or lag or hideous crashing. Wouldn't that be great?
And then Fighters Uncaged came along and slapped us in the face with a hard dose of reality by being utterly horrible and quite possibly the worst fighting game ever made, and yes that includes Clayfighter 63 1/3. Kill it, we cried. Kill it with fire.
Still, here comes Daoka with another swing at things and, guess what! Fighter Within isn't awful.Click here to read more...
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Xbox One's Kinect sensor is capable of an extraordinary level of fidelity and resolution, down to recognising facial expressions. Theodor Diea, international product manager for Just Dance 2014, explained to us that Ubisoft have actually experimented with a range of ways to take advantage of this enhanced accuracy - including some bizarre achievement rewards.
I'm so up for the Xbox One's dashboard experience... in theory. I love th eidea of properly being able to Minority Report-swipe around the menu, instantly command Kinect to do my bidding, have it simply recognise me as I walk in the room and bring up my own custom, bespoke homepage filled with content that I love.
Dear God, that sounds awesome!
It kind of looks awesome too, as the video below from Yusuf Mehdi and Marc Whitten demonstrates. I want it. I want it in and around my face. And house.Click here to read more...
Thanks to WilliamC98 @ HUKD!
However, we "should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication features such as voice chat, video and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions offered through the Services." So, there's that.Click here to read more...
Kinect may be a powerful depth sensor, but its directional microphone is arguably the feature we're most excited about. Here's a new video showing how players can effortlessly browse their content and navigate the OS using only their voice... though how accurate and truthful the footage is remains to be seen. It's most likely entirely staged or mocked up, but frankly, we still can't wait to try this out for ourselves.Click here to read more...
The launch of the Xbox One is looming, and so we pause for a moment to take stock of a couple of Microsoft's launch offerings. First up? Ryse: Son of Rome. The first-person game that became a third-person game. The third-person game that became an Xbox One game. The Xbox One game that defied Kinect.
Well, sort of.
Ryse's journey has been one of constantly changing design focuses, conceptual rock jumping, and constant delays. It's finally arriving this November. But is it actually looking any good. We've been hands-on with a small portion of the game a couple of times since it was unveiled in its newest, QTE-stuffed form at E3 this year, and here are a few thoughts ahead of the game's next-gen release.Click here to read more...
This week on Game Buzz we shamelessly plug our recent GTA Online shenanigans; we chat about Phil Spencer's tantalising tease of the possibility of Xbox-PC crossover gaming as well as the planned implementation of mouse/keyboard functionality for the Xbone; we also take a look at Sony's approach to their console camera and Adam Boyes' bizarre statement about console exclusives; and we laugh at the Mad Catz MOJO's outlandish price point, which somehow manages to make the Nvidia Shield look like a good value proposition.
And we cheer the fact that Sleeping Dogs is getting a sequel! Wooooooo!
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
NB. Due to recent server migration, we still currently don't have access to the FTP so the YouTube embed is the only source for this week's podcast. We will, however be attempting to rectify this as soon as possible.