File photo: Kareem Choudhry, Xbox Vice President, introduces the Xbox One X gaming console during the Xbox E3 2017 media briefing in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian It's already possible to use a digital assistant with the Xbox One games consoles, but your options are quite limited. Microsoft, as you'd expect, integrated Cortana functionality. However, using Cortana requires having the now defunct Kinect hooked up, or relying on the microphone in a headset. That could soon change, though, as there's evidence Microsoft is opening up Xbox to other assistants. As Windows Central reports, an image has appeared of a new option in the Xbox One interface under preferences for digital assistants. You can opt to "enable digital assistants," but there's specific mention of Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant. If this turns out to be a real feature added as part of a future Xbox update, it could unlock the use of smart speakers to control your Xbox. … [Read more...] about Xbox One to Support Alexa, Google Assistant, report says
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Microsoft may launch a next-generation video game console with Kinect, a Blu-ray drive and an A/V port for watching and recording broadcast TV, according to a report by Xbox World. Promising "next-gen secrets inside," the latest issue of the U.K.-based magazine dug up several reported specs on Microsoft's next console, which is currently dubbed the Xbox 720. Topping the list of rumors is that the Xbox 720 will introduce Kinect 2.0. Microsoft has been as publicly mum about the next version of Kinect as it has about all details concerning the new Xbox. But a company document leaked in June touted a higher level of accuracy, stereo imaging, better voice recognition, and the ability to track four players at once. A Blu-ray drive will also be part of the package, a rumor that's been around for a few years now. Other features will include directional audio, an input and output for watching and recording TV shows, and an "innovative controller," noted gaming news site … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Microsoft’s Xbox 720 may include Kinect 2.0 and Blu-ray drive, report says
LOS ANGELES -- Microsoft kicked off the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Monday with a simple message, one part confident boast and one part plea. The takeaway: Trust us, we've listened and learned since last year -- the Xbox One entertainment vision is in the backseat, and it's now all about the games. "You are shaping the future of Xbox and we are better for it," said Xbox head Phil Spencer, the first Microsoft executive to take the stage before the conference launched into its first demo, a gameplay showing of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. "We are dedicating our entire briefing to games," he added to strong applause. So began a press conference where barely a sliver of time was dedicated to even acknowledging the existence of the Kinect camera and motion sensor, which was unbundled from the Xbox One last month, or any of Microsoft's original television programming or entertainment features. For Xbox One, confirming what we already knew, with a few surprises The slew of … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo At E3 2014, Microsoft’s Xbox One focus is all about games
4 The prevalent question when it comes to mid-generational video game console upgrades like the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro is simply: why? It is a new phenomenon for the home console business, with both Microsoft and Sony looking to supercharge their existing hardware with 4K-enabled premium versions. They play the same games, but faster and prettier. So who is it for? The technophile looking to upgrade their console to the best version available? Those who have just splashed out on a 4K television and are looking for something to put it through its paces? In many scenarios one would imagine the subsection of that audience is relatively small. So what is the point? Why? And to that, the somewhat flippant answer would be: why not? The fundamental schedule of consumer technology these days is of consistent improvement and iteration. Few act with such puzzlement at each iPhone upgrade, regardless of their intention to upgrade, so why should game consoles be any different? The specific … [Read more...] about Xbox One X review: Does the ‘world’s most powerful console’ live up to its name?
Rockstar Games' story-driven game about the crimes, cops, and corruption of Los Angeles in the 1940s came out in 2011, where it was hailed for being a technical achievement in motion capture and a fascinating take on what sort of stories could be told via the medium of games. We're six years on now, though, new consoles have come out, and there's an entirely new way to play games in people's homes: virtual reality. So, L.A. Noire is getting re-released for new, modern consoles and VR, with changes coming along to address some of the concerns people had with the original game. It's coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the HTC Vive (a VR headset) later this year, with a trailer coming along with it for the Nintendo Switch version (as the game was previously never released on a Nintendo console). It lists a bunch of the changes coming to the Switch version, such as touch screen support for examining evidence, movement-based controls, and new camera angles. … [Read more...] about L.A. Noire Nintendo Switch trailer details new Good Cop/Bad Cop changes and new controls for the console