Kinect - News

October2014

  • News Microsoft Releases Adapter to Make Your Xbox One Kinect Sensor Work with Windows

    Only $50 to you

    Microsoft has released a new adapter which will allow you to take the Kinect sensor that came with your Xbox One, and connect it to your PC and tablets that are running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. A few months ago, they released Kinect v2 for Windows at four times the price of the $50 adapter, and the functionality is reportedly...

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    Xbox One

    Review Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

    Not taking the Mickey

    Enough words have been written about the history of Microsoft’s second attempt at motion controlled gaming and how it was a mandatory purchase for all bleeding-edge Xbox One owners. We all know how a lot of people – probably the majority, in fact – don’t see even the second iteration of Kinect as being a viable input...

June2014

  • News Kinect-free Xbox One Flies Off Shelves

    "It's a huge win" says GameStop

    Last month we reported that Microsoft would be releasing a new Kinect-less Xbox One SKU and that the unit would go on sale on June 9th, the day before E3, at a cheaper price point. Now, the Kinect-less Xbox One is on the shelves and according to Bob Puzon, GameStop senior vice president of merchandising, they are...

April2014

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    Xbox One

    Review Kinect Sports Rivals

    Do or die.

    To say that Kinect Sports Rivals is a high-profile title for Xbox One would be something of an understatement. Being the only game (barring the violently bad Fighter Within, which barely passes as a game) available that’s been designed for the much-maligned Kinect device that’s included with every console, people were looking to...

December2013

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    Xbox One

    Review Fighter Within

    Fighter Without.

    In a world where Kinect for Xbox One is seen as nothing but a gimmick designed to ensure that you pay more for a console than you otherwise would, it was imperative that the first Kinect-only experience was compelling. A Wii Sports for the Xbox One, if you will. So who better to leave in charge of such a thing than Ubisoft, the...

August2013

  • Hands On Kinect for Xbox One

    Believe in it.

    At a small building in London’s Waterloo area on a bright and sunny Wednesday, Microsoft decided to give the UK press their first taste of the Xbox One. Spread across three floors, the event showcased Kinect, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct,

January2013

  • Feature Kinect in 2013

    Happy New Year!

    Some Kinect owners – OK, a lot of Kinect owners – are probably feeling a little bit as if Kinect is done and dusted. A quiet release schedule in 2012, where most of the blockbuster titles that featured Kinect support were limited to voice commands or tacked-on mini-games that didn't work, combined with a somewhat thin release...

December2012

  • News Kinect Christmas Day Deals from Xbox Live

    Three titles discounted.

    Major Nelson has confirmed that Microsoft's Countdown to 2013 Deals for Christmas Day are somewhat Kinect-heavy. Today, Mini Ninjas Adventures and the awesome Fruit Ninja Kinect have 50% slashed from the price, and are 400 MSP each. Konami's Leedmees has a whopping 75% off (200 MSP) as well. If you already own Fruit Ninja...

  • News Kinect Party to be Free Until 2013

    Double Fine by us!

    Major Nelson has just dropped some knowledge on us that confirms that Double Fine's next Kinect title - Kinect Party will launch on December 18th on Xbox Live Arcade. Not only that, friends, but it'll be FREE up until December 31st. That's right! You'll be able to get your hands on the new game - which features eighteen...

  • News Next Xbox Codename Uncovered

    The Kryptos Factor

    While everyone winds down for Christmas, some hard-working software engineers will surely be burning the midnight oil over the festive season, thanks to rumours coming from SemiAccurate.com this morning. They're stating that the next-generation Xbox's test system chip - codenamed "Oban" - is all but complete and ready to be...

  • News Win a Limited Edition Fable: The Journey Console!

    Spellbinding.

    KINECTaku and Microsoft have teamed up to provide a boomer of a competition for you this holiday season. We're giving away an electric blue custom Fable: The Journey Xbox 360 console, complete with Kinect, Kinect Adventures!, a copy of Fable: The Journey, and a copy of Christie Golden's new novel - Fable: Edge of the World. Not only...

November2012

October2012

  • News Kung Fu Superstar Leaps to Kickstarter

    Fifth of a million.

    The web's most popular crowdfunding site - Kickstarter - opened its doors to UK-based projects this morning, and one of the first on deck was former Lionhead staffer Kostas Zarifis. He and his new team - collectively known as Kinesthetic Games - announced back in May that they were working on a martial arts title for current...

  • News SmartGlass Comes To Forza Horizon

    Tablet-tastic.

    Microsoft and Turn 10 have released the official SmartGlass app for Forza Horizon today. Dubbed the "Forza Horizon SmartGlass Experience", the app comes as a free download for Windows 8 PCs and provides gamers with a tablet-based interactive map of the game's take on Colorado. Players can view the entire map and zoom in using pinch...

  • News Free Kinect Game from Intel Goes Live

    Featuring Chris Evans, Chanel Iman, and LMFAO.

    Finally, a nice bit of good news for Kinect fans this morning. Intel have released their free Kinect game on Xbox Live Arcade overnight. The game - named Intel Discovered - stars Chris Evans (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Captain America: The First Avenger), Victoria's Secret model Chanel Iman, and...

  • News Nike+ Kinect Training Demo Goes Live

    Get your sweat on.

    Major Nelson has confirmed that a demo of Microsoft's Nike+ Kinect Training is now available from Xbox Live. Those without Xbox Live Gold will be able to pick it up from the 18th. The new fitness product is designed for "the elite or the everyday athlete" and promises to deliver personalized workout programs that match themselves...

September2012

  • News New Dance Central 3 Tracks Confirmed

    Pre-order bonuses detailed, too.

    Harmonix has today announced ten new tracks for the upcoming Dance Central 3. The new tracks are an eclectic mix, firing all the way back to the height of late 80's chic with New Kids On The Block's "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" and running all the way through to a bit of Nicki Minaj and...gulp...Justin Bieber...

  • News Harry Potter for Kinect Demo Goes Live

    Expeliamus!

    The demo of Warner. Bros new Hogwarts-'em-up Harry Potter for Kinect is now available for download from Xbox Live. The game, which is based on all eight of the Harry Potter movies, allows players to scan their face into the game so that they can create a unique witch or wizard to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy. A...

August2012

  • News Zumba Fitness Core Confirmed for November UK Launch

    New trailer released.

    Good news for Zumba fans today, as 505 Games has confirmed that - as expected - they've picked up the European publishing rights for Majesco's Zumba Fitness Core. Core will the third Kinect-based Zumba title to hit the shelves, following the lacklustre Zumba Fitness: Join The Party! and Zumba Fitness Rush. Despite not being...

  • News Forza Horizon VIP Membership Package Detailed

    Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Pagani - Oh My!

    Turn 10 Studios has confirmed details of Forza Horizon's VIP Membership programme. The VIP package is included with the Limited Collector's Edition of the game, which has an RRP of £59.99 in the UK, as opposed to the standard edition's £49.99 price tag. We would assume that the VIP Membership will be able...

  • News New Hip Hop Dance Experience Trailer Busts a Move

    Hippity Hop to the Barber's Shop.

    Ubisoft's upcoming street dance title The Hip Hop Dance Experience has been dated and detailed. The game is set to release in the UK on 15th November, with lucky US-based gamers getting their hands and feet into the action two days earlier, on the 13th. The Hip Hop Dance Experience is currently in development with...

  • Gamescom Just Dance 4 Full Tracklist Revealed

    Elvis, Maroon 5, and a bit of Rickrolling.

    Gamescom is in full flow in Cologne, Germany, and Ubisoft have confirmed the final tracklisting for Just Dance 4. The final set contains 44 tracks, including the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen (really?!), Rihanna, Flo Rida, and Skrillex. Still, you'll be concentrating on your moves, so you'll be able to block...

  • Gamescom FIFA 13 Demo Dated, New Mode Detailed

    EA attempts to blur the lines.

    At EA's Gamescom press conference today, FIFA 13 information was up for grabs. Executive Producer David Rutter outlined a whole new mode in the form of "Match Day", which draws on real life data in order to attempt to replicate some of the experiences that will occur throughout the course of the real football season...

  • News Power Rangers Super Samurai Headed to Kinect

    Morphin' it up.

    Namco Bandai have today confirmed that they'll be releasing Power Rangers Super Samurai for Kinect towards the end of 2012. The game was long suspected to be in development after being leaked over a year ago by several retailers, but this is the first the Japanese giant has said on the matter. Details are few and far between at the...

  • News NBA 2k13 Kinect Support Confirmed

    Crash the boards.

    2k Sports have confirmed - via a reveal of the game's final cover art - that NBA 2k13 will indeed be "better with Kinect." There's been no confirmation on what to expect in terms of support, but we're relatively sure that on-the-fly play calling and substitutions will be the order of the day via voice commands. The game is...

  • News Zumba Fitness Core Tracks Revealed

    New trailer drops, too.

    Majesco have today confirmed the 23 licenced songs that will appear in their third Zumba Fitness title, Zumba Fitness Core. The company claims that the game will feature the most diverse range of dance styles seen in a Zumba title yet, with 33 different styles being represented. Liz Buckley, General Manager of the Zumba...

July2012

  • News Need For Speed: Most Wanted Headed to Kinect

    Criterion racer gets Kinect support.

    Those beady-eyed folks over at VG247 have spotted something rather special. It appears that Criterion's 2012 reboot of the game is more than likely coming to your Xbox 360 complete with Kinect support in October (or November if you're in Europe.) The official packshots for the game released at E3 don't contain...

  • News FIFA 13 Voice Commands Detailed

    Come on, Ref!

    We found out about FIFA 13 getting Kinect voice support back at E3, but details were a little bit sparse. EA have today confirmed a few more pieces of information about the new functionality, with voice commands promising to provide a surprising new layer of depth to the game. As well as being able to call for substitutions and change...

  • News Kinect PlayFit - First Impressions

    Free. Worth every penny.

    So, Kinect PlayFit has been out for about a week, and it seems that folks are racking up the burnt calories like there's no tomorrow. The free app (available from your Xbox dashboard) tracks your play across 10 different Kinect titles, tracking how many calories you burn and awarding achievements and avatar awards based on...

May2012

  • News This is How You Scan a QR Code in Dragon Ball Z Kinect

    Quite simple really

    Dragon Ball Z for Kinect lands in October with an interesting QR feature to add new characters and content to the game. Hold up a special card to the sensor and you'll unlock in-game content. Presumably you'll get some of these cards for free with the game but the rest, we expect, will set you back a few dollars. Will you take a...

  • News The List of Skyrim Kinect Voice Commands is Here

    English and Dragon supported

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim gets Kinect voice command support today, and we have a list of supported commands. Use a dragon shout in English without holding RB, or push down the bumper and say one, two or three words of the dragon language equivalent and magic happens. You can also use Kinect to navigate menus and...

April2012

  • News Ice Age Tie-In Coming to Kinect This Year

    Arctic edge

    Activision's just announced it's bringing Ice Age: Continental Draft — Arctic Games to Kinect in 2012. Guess what? It's a minigame compilation. Nobody could have guessed that. If you're saying you guessed that, you're lying. The story says something about the team splitting a secret treasure through a series of "off-the-wall...

  • First Impressions Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

    Metal madness

    Pack it up, folks: with Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, we have reached the apex of video games as an entertainment medium. We now have the technology and, apparently, the desire to fist-bump our computer cohorts, and there's no going back. "Bro-op" aside, From Software's Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor's mammoth task is...

March2012

  • News Disney Wants You to Be Brave on Kinect

    Red hair optional

    Not content with inspiring Kinect Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure with its past works, Disney•Pixar's next movie Brave will get its own Kinect-powered game too. Coming this summer, the third-person adventure game isn't Kinect exclusive: sounds to us like the sensor will only be used in an archery spin-off mode, but we've been...

  • News Fit Music is Kinect's Most Self-Explanatory Game

    Can you tell what it is yet?

    Fitness, dancing, Kinect: the holy trinity for game publishers. The next company to try its luck is Oxygene Media with the ingeniously titled Fit Music. Fronted by European fitness champion Patrizia Salviato — described as "one of the best body building superstars ever" by Oxygene — the game is coming to...

February2012

  • News BBFC Pegs Dragon Ball Z Kinect for June Launch

    Just Saiyan

    After Korea rated Dragon Ball Z for Kinect last week, now the British Board of Film Classification is on on the act, slapping a 12 rating — and release date — on the game. According to the BBFC, the game's release UK date is 15th June 2012, not too shabby considering Namco Bandai is yet to announce the game officially. We imagine...

  • News Country Dance All Stars Song List Confirmed

    Yeehaw

    Want to know which of your favourite country music stars will feature in the upcoming Country Dance All Stars, due out later next month? Well boy howdy, have we got a treat for you. Featuring no fewer than three artists called Josh — Kelley, Thompson and Turner, of course — as well as classic acts Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and, er,...

January2012

  • Blog Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 Kinect

    Straight from the horse's mouth

    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13's Kinect features were detailed in a video yesterday, and now we have a developer blog from EA Sports explaining more about Kinect integration in Tiger Woods this year. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 Kinect Features: Hi, my name is Eric Busch, and I’m one of the designers on Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13...

  • News Zumba Fitness Rush North American Release Date Announced

    Out in February

    Zumba Fitness Rush is coming to Kinect in North America just in time for Valentine's Day. Majesco's second Zumba game lands on 13th February. The game will receive extra content after launch in the shape of add-on songs and workouts. MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS THE DANCE-FITNESS PARTY HOME ON FEBRUARY 13TH WITH ZUMBA® FITNESS...

  • News SEGA's 2012 Olympics Game Gains Kinect Support

    Back on track

    SEGA' has today announced London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games will include Kinect features. By the sounds of it you won't be able to take on all 30 events with Kinect: the press release only mentions 110m hurdles and beach volleyball, already seen in the likes of Kinect Sports of course. Here's the first trailer,...

  • News Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure Scans You In

    Get into the game

    Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure uses one of Kinect's most-vaunted original features: the ability to scan yourself in to create a virtual avatar. Of course we've seen this feature used in Kinect Fun Labs so it's not a first, but if it works as well as this trailer below promises — a wish that rarely comes true, admittedly...

December2011

  • News Kinect Fitness Games Go Cheap for New Year

    Save some pounds (or dollars)

    If part of your New Year's Resolution is to get fit and you want to use Kinect to do it, we've rustled up some superb deals to help you do so cheaply. Don't forget we also have a Guide to Kinect fitness games and Kinect fitness game reviews too. UK Kinect Deals: January sales are a big deal in the

  • Guide Starting Out with Kinect

    Get the most from your sensor right away

    So you've unwrapped all your presents and found a shiny new Kinect and games. Congratulations, and welcome aboard! Unlike every other motion controller on the market, you don't need anything in your hands to play Kinect — with no controllers and no buttons you're free to use your body and voice to play the...

  • News Even Kinect Star Wars Succumbs to Kinect Dance Mania

    Is nothing sacred?

    Kinect does some things very well — dancing, for instance. That's why there are 13 Kinect dancing games out now, but the genre's seeping into other games: games we thought were safe from move-busting. Games like Kinect Star Wars. The ESRB has rated the game and revealed it now includes dancing tournaments alongside the...

  • News Put Your Darts Skills On the Line with Kinect Contest

    Can you hit the bullseye?

    Microsoft is giving UK gamers the chance to put their darts skills on the line with a new Kinect Sports: Season Two competition. To enter, download the free Kinect Sports darts Gamerpic before Sunday 18th December and play a single-player darts match on Live between 1pm and 5pm on 7th or 8th January. Three players will be...

  • News Kinect Sports: Season Two Golf DLC Out Next Week

    Fore-hundred MSP

    You can treat your caddy to some new sights next week, as Kinect Sports: Season Two is due to get nine new holes from the Xbox Live Marketplace. The Maple Lakes golf pack launches on 20th December for 400 Microsoft Points, adding nine new holes alongside new Challenges and Achievements. On the same day the game will also get a free...

  • News Kinect-Powered Dance Evolution Arcade Game On the Way

    Kinect leaves the living room

    Next year Kinect will throw off its living room shackles and join the arcade scene, as Konami has announced it's working on an arcade version of Dance Evolution (or DanceMasters) for release in 2012. The game is currently on test at certain locations in Japan, with the sensor tucked away inside the arcade cabinet...

November2011

  • Rumour Kinect 2 Capable of Reading Lips and Emotions

    Project Skynet commences

    After last week's next Xbox rumours comes another set from Eurogamer, this time focusing on the upgraded Kinect said to come with every machine. Anonymous sources have apparently told Eurogamer Kinect 2 is capable of lip reading, and can detect emotion in the user's voice. Eurogamer also claims the next Kinect can...

  • Rumour Next Xbox Split in Two Models for Kinect and Core

    Which would you choose?

    Xbox 360 has been around for six years now, and although regular Dashboard updates and the introduction of Kinect have kept things fresh, eyes are starting to turn towards the next machine in the Xbox line. The latest rumours, from technical wizards Digital Foundry (via Eurogamer), claim that the new machine will come in two...

  • Feature Kinect Holiday Gift Guide 2011

    What's worth your money?

    There are over 80 games available for Kinect now, and knowing exactly which one to pick up as a present can be a tough proposition. That's why we've put together our Kinect holiday game guide 2011 to let you know exactly what you should be looking for when picking a game this season. We've split this article into five...

  • Talking Point What's Kinect Doing Right or Wrong?

    One year on, how's it going?

    Kinect has had a full 12 months to bed itself in, and arguably the standard of releases this Christmas is higher than what the sensor launched with last year, but the sensor still hasn't established itself as a home for quality games. In the past few days we've seen an encouragingly healthy discussion about the matter...

  • News Be Soothed by Deepak Chopra's Leela's Soundtrack

    It's Sumthing Else

    A good soundtrack is crucial to any relaxation experience, so it's probably good news that the tunes accompanying Deepak Chopra's Leela will be released separately on 15th November. The soundtrack, put together by Sumthing Else Music Works, draws from "traditional string instruments and dubstep" and features artists...

  • News Free Kinect Sports Season Two DLC Out Now

    Up your game

    We're big fans of Kinect Sports: Season Two here at KINECTaku, especially now Rare's released some new downloadable content for free. Available on Xbox Live Marketplace today, the Kinect Sports: Season Two Challenge Pack #1 adds new modes to each sport: Crazy Kicker (American Football), Frantic Fielder (Baseball), Cool Ringings...

  • News The Worst Kinect Photoshop We've Ever Seen

    You won't believe your eyes

    You'd think paying some actors to stand in front of a TV and Kinect and pretend they're having a great time would be among the easiest parts of releasing a game. You'd probably be right, which makes this back of box art for MotionSports Adrenaline even more brilliant. We're no Photoshop experts, but even we can tell that...

October2011

September2011

  • Hands On Kinect Sports Season Two

    We visit Rare's UK HQ to experience what could be this Christmas' biggest Kinect title

    Given the incredible commercial and critical response to the original Kinect Sports, it was inevitable that a sequel of some description would occur. What was slightly less predictable was the news that the legendary British code house Rare would be co-developing...

  • News First Puss in Boots Screenshots Look Furry Good

    You might be surprised

    Licensed games rarely look good, but we have to say that the first screenshots of Puss in Boots don't look bad at all. The Kinect-exclusive title puts you in the feline footwear of the titular cat, with the official details laying out a three-stroke gameplay system: Master the style and charm of Puss in Boots in an engaging...

  • News Playing Cabela's on Kinect Makes You Look Like This

    "We're having a great time!"

    You wanted more hardcore games for Kinect, and you've got it: Cabela's Big Game Hunter: Hunting Party combines all the fun of body-tracking with the thrill of hunting animals with a plastic gun. Activision has just released the first screenshots and 'lifestyle' photos of the Top Shot Sport, the plastic gun necessary to...

August2011

  • News GamingZap Shows Off New Powerless Kinect Adaptor

    It'll make sense

    When Microsoft launched Kinect in November 2010, it faced a problem: how to get the sensor to draw power from older Xbox 360 consoles, as well as the newer S models. The simple solution was to bundle a USB to mains adaptor, but that still requires a separate plug socket. UK retailer GamingZap has just launched a way around it: the...

  • News You Can Breed Horses in Champion Jockey

    Just think that over for a second

    The road to becoming the ultimate jockey isn't all about being short and light: it's also about riding a top notch horse, bred for speed. That's one part of the process Champion Jockey is eager to represent, with an in-depth breeding mode shown off in these new screenshots. Each horse has an individual personality...

  • News Microsoft UK's Release Dates for Kinect's Biggest Titles

    Get informed

    You want to know when you can expect some of this year's biggest Kinect games, right? Well then, you've come to the right place, as Microsoft UK has just sent us a press release full of calendar-marking goodness. Here's a round-up of when you'll be able to pick up the brightest lights for your sensor this year. Bear in mind these...

  • Reader Blog Losing 80 Pounds with Kinect and Dance Central

    It can be done

    In the first of a new series of reader blogs, we're sharing stories from Kinect fans just like you. We want to hear bout any success stories you might have had — a great video you made in Yoostar 2, a world record score in Kinect Sports or something awesome made possible by Kinect. You can contact KINECTaku to share your story, and...

  • News You Can Look This Stupid Playing Champion Jockey

    Live the dream

    There's no easy way to say this: if you play Champion Jockey, you're probably going to look a bit foolish, especially if this new tutorial video is anything to go by. The demonstrator in the video below is clearly aware of how silly he looks but carries it like a champ, even roping in a second player for some truly momentous...

  • News Grab a Matte Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect

    Gloss over

    At the moment the Xbox 360 S comes in two flavours: 250GB and 4GB, in glossy and matte finishes respectively. A new challenger is about to enter the ring though, with a matte 250GB console on the way. There's no word on when the new bundle will be available or if Microsoft has made any changes other than taking the dust-sucking gloss...

July2011

  • News Microsoft Announces Limited Edition R2D2 Xbox 360

    Told you so

    We exclusively revealed the limited edition Star Wars Xbox 360 with white Kinect two weeks ago, and now Microsoft has made the bundle official. The white R2-D2 Xbox 360 S, C-3PO-inspired control pad and white Kinect sensor will launch with Kinect Star Wars later this year, with exclusive downloadable content in the console box too...

  • News Go On a Fitness Adventure with Jillian Michaels

    More Kinect adventures

    Jillian Michaels is really working herself into a video game-related frenzy these days: she's already appeared on The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout and later this year her buns of steel will be challenging you to push yourself to your limits (we assume) in Jillian Michaels' Fitness Adventure. Rather than put you in a smelly...

  • First Impressions The Black Eyed Peas Experience

    Rock that body

    Michael Jackson: The Experience was a pretty good attempt at bringing the King of Pop to the living room, but the Black Eyed Peas are a totally different undertaking: whereas the MJ game put you in Michael's shoes in his legendary live shows and music videos, in The Black Eyed Peas Experience you don't play as Will.i.am, Fergie or the...

  • First Impressions Just Dance 3

    Get on the floor!

    Until now Harmonix has undoubtedly had the Kinect dancing market all sewn up, but that dominance will meet its sternest challenge yet in October when Ubisoft brings the astonishingly successful Just Dance brand across to Xbox 360 in the luridly coloured form of Just Dance 3. At first glance, very little has changed from its Wii...

  • First Impressions Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

    Toned up

    Ubisoft knows when it's onto a good thing: not only is the publisher bringing Just Dance 3 to Kinect, it's also gearing up to launch a sequel to the sensor's biggest selling fitness title. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is set for release this November with all the original game's content and some new tricks up its sleeve too. Game...

  • News There's a Kinect Game Out Even We Didn't Know About

    Hope you like singing

    We pride ourselves on knowing pretty much everything there is to know about Kinect, but we're not infallible Kinect-powered robots: sometimes we miss things. This is one of those things. While there are still no Kinect-enabled games to download on Xbox Live Arcade, there's already an Indie game available: Avatar Superstar for...

  • First Impressions Kinect Sports: Season Two

    Another big score for Microsoft?

    Last night we brought you our First Impressions of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier from Microsoft's Christmas showcase, and next on our travels was the sequel to Rare's Kinect Sports, without doubt one of Kinect's best launch games. We were quickly told that the motion tracking had been vastly improved from the first...

  • News Microsoft to Release Limited Edition Star Wars 360 Console with Kinect

    Special R2-D2 themed model in the works to coincide with the release of Kinect Star Wars

    We've just heard from one of our close sources in the retail sector that Microsoft is prepping a limited edition R2-D2 Xbox 360 console — complete with Kinect sensor — set to launch alongside the forthcoming Kinect Star Wars. According to our reports, the...

  • News Make Your Room Bigger with Nyko's Kinect Zoom

    40% less space required

    If your living room isn't quite big enough for Kinect to work properly, you might be interested in Nyko's handy new accessory, the Zoom for Kinect. The peripheral manufacturer has announced the new bit of kit will release across North America on 23rd August at $29.99. Clipping over Kinect's eyes, the accessory means you'll...

  • Rumour Fighters Uncaged Preparing for Round 2

    Make it stop

    Not had enough of the physical torture inflicted by Ubisoft's Fighters Uncaged? Ubisoft has got you covered then, according to a recent release schedule from major retailer Gamestation. The list reveals Fighters Uncaged 2 from Ubisoft, with a release date of 11th November. No further information is given. Gamestation has previously...

June2011

May2011

  • News Kinect, PlayStation Eye and Wii All Mount Your TV

    Why change?

    CTA Digital's Kinect wall mount and TV clip lets you easily switch between the sensor and Sony's PlayStation Eye for PlayStation Move, but if that's just too much like hard work — or you have a Nintendo Wii too — then dreamGear's Trimount might be for you. The enormous mount lets you stack your Kinect, Eye camera and Wii sensor bar...

  • News Pro Boxer James DeGale Practises with Kinect Sports Boxing

    Recently lost. Probably a coincidence.

    As countless tired gamers can attest, Kinect Sports boxing is a tough workout, but it's so gruelling even professionals use it to keep their training interesting. Professional boxer James DeGale recently took media behind the scenes at his gym in Essex, where he revealed he loves nothing more than a bit of...

  • News Blacklight Team Working on Kinect "Zero Person Shooter"

    So CV says

    According to a pair of CVs posted on LinkedIn, Zombie Studios is in the process of creating a new title for Kinect. The team behind admittedly mediocre online shooter Blacklight: Tango Down is apparently creating a "zero person shooter" according to one programmer's CV, that uses the Unreal Engine 3 currently seen powering Gears...

  • Talking Point What Should Microsoft Do With Kinect At E3?

    Tell us your hopes

    Microsoft's E3 2011 news conference is only a few weeks away, and our thoughts are turning towards what the company will show off on Monday 6th June. Here's a list of what we believe Microsoft should do with Kinect in order to capture the imagination like it did at E3 2010. Improved Tracking: In its current form, Kinect can track...

  • News Forget Video Kinect, Skype is Coming to Xbox 360

    Welcome news indeed

    Video Kinect is Microsoft's free online chat programme for Xbox 360, and while it has a few neat tricks — Kinect will follow you around the room, zooming in and out accordingly — it's about to get some tough competition, as Microsoft has confirmed Skype is coming to Xbox 360. Microsoft shelled out $8.5 billion — the press...

  • News Microsoft's E3 2011 News Conference Details Confirmed

    What new games will we see?

    It's still highly unlikely we'll see a new Xbox and Kinect at E3 this year, but at least we know where and when the revelation would be made, as Microsoft has announced its pre-show conference details. The event kicks off on Monday 6th June, with guests asked to arrive by 9am Pacific Time, or 5pm UK time. The show is...

  • Rumour Avatar Kinect Launching 27th May

    New updates roll out soon

    According to Joystiq, the next round of Xbox Dashboard updates will begin to hit consoles everywhere from 19th May, with the big addition being the launch of Avatar Kinect on 27th May. Joystiq cites images sent through from a Microsoft technical support employee that reveal the release date, as well as reconfirming the...

  • News Analyst: New Xbox and New Kinect May Be Unveiled in 2012

    Gaze into the crystal ball

    Recent rumours suggested we'd see a new Xbox console at E3 next month, but these were quickly squashed and thrown away. But next year? That's much more likely, according to M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon. The brilliantly named analyst believes the new machine could be shown off at next year's E3 if Xbox 360 sales begin...

  • News A Kinect Steering Wheel? Now We've Seen It All

    Hold out your hands

    Try this tricky test of hand-eye coordination: hold out your hands in front of you. Okay, now pretend you're driving a car. Finding it difficult? Then CTA Digital has the solution for you. The company that brought you the Kinect Perfect Range Game Mat has created the Xbox 360 Kinect Steering Wheel. It's like one of the countless...

  • News New Kinect Wall Mount and TV Clip has a Dual Identity

    Why just have one?

    Don't know whether to choose a wall mount or a TV clip for your Kinect? Accessory manufacturer CTA Digital has the perfect solution for such a quandary: a peripheral that does both. The new Universal Wall Mount & Clip for the Kinect Camera & PlayStation Eye can be adjusted either to sit on top of the TV or attach to the...

  • News Perfect Range Game Mat Makes Judging Distance a Doddle

    Get in the zone

    Ever been frustrated by not knowing where to stand in your play area to get the most accurate detection from Kinect? Then accessory manufacturer CTA Digital has the solution to your problems! The Perfect Range Game Mat sits on your carpet and tells you exactly where you should stand, whether playing solo or with a friend, to get the...

  • News Let's Look at the Let's Dance with Mel B Track List

    Get on the floor

    Ex-Spice Girl Mel B is making quite a name for herself in the motion gaming world: following fitness title Get Fit with Mel B the formerly Scary one has teamed up with Ubisoft in the hope gamers will say Let's Dance with Mel B. Ubisoft has released the 28 songs players will be able to dance to when the game launches in Europe on...

March2011

  • News Kinect Input Lag Could Be Cut to Under 5 Milliseconds

    Limb-tracking gets faster

    When developers take the time to minimise Kinect input lag it's barely noticeable, but the sensor's response time could get even faster in future, according to a newly published Microsoft research paper. Essentially, the current method works out which of your limbs is which and then tracks them, frame-to-frame, says...

  • News Kinect Erotics is a Sexy, Sensual, Sensory Overload (NSFW)

    Translation: Bit steamy

    Carnivals, pets, minigames: these are all fine uses for Kinect's limb-tracking ability, but when the kids have gone to bed you might want to play a slightly different kind of party game. Ubisoft recently caused a bit of a fuss with We Dare on PlayStation Move and Nintendo Wii, but it's nothing compared to the saucy happenings...

  • News Join the Party with a Free Zumba Fitness Demo on Xbox Live

    Or don't

    Funky rhythm fitness game Zumba Fitness: Join the Party may not be the best exercise game on Kinect — in fact, it's one of the worst — but if you wanted to bring a little Latin flavour to your home workout you can now do so for absolutely nothing, thanks to a demo. Exclusive to Gold Members, the Zumba Fitness demo weighs in at a 4GB...

February2011

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