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
Fe is a vulpine protagonist and title character in Zoink’s latest title. (Electronic Arts) In “Fe,” players learn songs from woodland creatures that they rescue from the Silent Ones. (Electronic Arts) Players can use songs to befriend animals in “Fe.” The creatures help them through obstacles or offer shortcuts in the world. (Electronic Arts) The Silent Ones are invaders who have taken over the forest that Fe and other woodland creatures inhabit. (Electronic Arts) Fe gains the ability to glide as players collect gems scattered throughout the world. (Electronic Arts) “Fe” features bold colors and simple, stylized visuals that pop on the screen. (Electronic Arts) Show Caption of Expand By Gieson Cacho | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: February 26, 2018 at 10:30 am | UPDATED: February 26, 2018 at 10:46 am Although “Battlefield 1” earned plenty of accolades in 2016, another Electronic Arts … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Fe’ shows EA Originals embrace indie spirit, flaws and all
Microsoft’s Xbox Elite Controller was an expensive $149 controller that gave players more flexibility when playing games. Despite being pricey, it looks like it still has enough fans that Microsoft is preparing to release a new version this year. Alleged photos of the new 2018 Xbox Elite Controller have been published over Chinese website Baidu. The anonymous poster claims that the new version of the controller will have a USB Type-C port for charging and Bluetooth support for Windows 10 PCs. It was also mentioned that the new controller will have an Apple MagSafe-like charging connector on its back and a built-in non-removable battery. Other features listed by the leaker says that the new Xbox Elite Controller will have three-level Hair Trigger Locks, longer travel for the paddles and a three-profile switch. The new Elite Controller also has an adjustable stick tension mechanism. Back in December, Microsoft filed a patent with the same adjustable stick design and the … [Read more...] about New Xbox Elite Controller With USB-C, Redesigned Grips Revealed In Leaked Photos
The first Xbox controller that was released in 2001 is coming back from its grave. For some reason, the father of the original Xbox, Seamus Blackley, has decided to revive the peripheral that has been dead for years. CES 2018 did not just showcase new and upcoming products from tech companies, it also served as the venue for Blackley and peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin to reintroduce the original Xbox controller called “The Duke.” For the most part, the new Duke controller is just a resurrected version of the original one. Hence, it pretty much looks like its old self. However, Blackley did not miss the chance to incorporate subtle changes in the rebooted hardware. First and foremost, the most glaring upgrade is the modified jewel. The new Duke’s jewel has an OLED screen underneath that shows the Xbox startup animation when users press it. CNET has learned directly from Blackley that this is a feature he had always wanted for the original version. Another … [Read more...] about Xbox Duke Controller Revival — What’s Changed?
Kinect adapter prices are soaring on the used market following news that Microsoft has discontinued the accessory required to make the camera work on Xbox One S, Xbox One X and Windows PCs. The information was relayed to Polygon via a Microsoft spokesperson. “After careful consideration, we decided to stop manufacturing the Xbox Kinect Adapter to focus attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10,” the statement reads. In many ways, this development marks the final nail in the coffin for any chance of a Kinect revival in Xbox One’s future. While Kinect was originally sold as a necessary component for the original Xbox One hardware in 2013, it was unbundled from the box by June of 2014. As of last October, Kinect manufacturing had ceased entirely. Kinect adapters were originally included for free to allow the optional Kinect to function on Xbox One S, but the product’s retail price later rose to $39. With … [Read more...] about Kinect Adapter Used Prices Soar After Microsoft Discontinues Xbox One S/X Accessory
Xbox Game Pass will add 10 new titles to the Xbox Live subscription catalog in January. To kick off 2018, hit games like Injustice: Gods Among Us and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be playable for the introductory price of just $1. The latest post from Xbox Wire contains the full list of new additions. NBA Playgrounds: If you loved the arcade-style gameplay of NBA Street or NBA Jam, Playgrounds taps into that nostalgia. Players take to the court in 2v2 action against AI or online opponents. Power-ups bring some unique flavor to the mix even if they can sometimes be overpowered. After a few patches, this has become a solid arcade basketball title. Injustice: Gods Among Us: If you can’t get enough Justice League after watching the new movie, Injustice will definitely feed the beast. The graphics may look a bit dated on this Xbox 360 port, but you’ll still be able to fight through a roster of 24 DC Comics heroes. It’s time to put your dream matchups to the test … [Read more...] about Xbox Game Pass January 2018 Adds ‘Injustice’ & ‘Ground Zeroes’ For $1