Subscribe to this page now.

Microsoft: Xbox One sales 'more than double' since dropping Kinect

07/17, 3:55pm

Company says that sakes figures are up from May according to internal data

It seems that dropping the Kinect as a requirement for buying a new Xbox One is paying off for Microsoft. Posting on the Xbox Wire, an internal blog for Xbox news, Microsoft is boasting that sales of the new console have doubled since removing the sensor in June and reducing the price to $400. The increase could mean an gain in awareness and consumer desire for the console, which has lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in sales for months.

more

Microsoft rumored working on Kinect-style interface for Windows Phone

06/09, 11:19am

Mid-air hovering, tapping of tiles, gesture control said to be coming to Windows Phone soon

Windows Phone could soon allow users to interact with their devices without pressing an onscreen button, claims a report. Kinect-style features such as navigating by hovering a finger over part of a display may in fact form part of the experience of a rumored Nokia device codenamed "McLaren", set to be launched and released towards the end of this year.

more

Microsoft commences sale of Xbox One without Kinect sensor

06/09, 6:55am

Microsoft Store starts selling Kinect-less Xbox One for $400

Microsoft has started to sell an Xbox One bundle without Kinect through the Microsoft Store, as the company continues to compete against its high-selling competitor, the Sony PlayStation 4. Announced last month, the console is being sold as a secondary package without the motion and voice-based sensor bar priced at $400, representing a saving of $100 off the original bundle's list price.

more

Microsoft changes Xbox Live Gold, offers Xbox One without Kinect

05/13, 12:32pm

Xbox Live Gold subscription will not be required to stream movies on Xbox consoles

Microsoft will allow users of its game consoles to watch video streaming services and use a number of other functions without paying for the Xbox Live Gold subscription, the company has announced. At the same time, it is also preparing to sell its Xbox One game console on its own, separate from the bundled Kinect sensor bar, in a bid to increase sales.

more

Microsoft revises Kinect for Windows hardware for summer release

04/03, 6:32am

New Kinect for Windows sensor accompanied by new SDK

Microsoft has updated the version of the Kinect for Windows, bringing it in line with the Kinect used in the Xbox One, the company has revealed. The new sensor bar will ship sometime this summer alongside an updated software development kit, with Microsoft also preparing to make it easier for developers to provide members of the public with Kinect-enabled Windows apps.

more

Confirmed: Apple buys Kinect tech maker PrimeSense for $350M

11/24, 7:53pm

Apple closes deal for Kinect technology developer

Apple has completed the deal that will see it buying Israeli gesture recognition company PrimeSense for roughly $350 million. Israel's Globes reported on Sunday that the deal had closed, with the company's founders pulling in tens of millions of dollars from the acquisition. Rumors of Apple's interest surfaced earlier this year, and reports emerged last week that it was imminent, but Globes now claims that the deal has indeed closed, and for $5 million more than had previously been reported.

more

Microsoft showcases Kinect voice commands, multitasking of Xbox One

10/28, 7:16am

Apps can be snapped to side of screen by verbal commands

Microsoft has shown off how its Xbox One game console will work for multitasking between games and apps. A short video demonstrating quick switching and actions by voice commands through Kinect also shows how game players will be able to use multiple apps at the same time, as well as sharing content with other users.

more

Xbox One launch date set for November 22 in 13 countries

09/04, 1:52pm

Xbox One launch between PlayStation 4 launch dates in US versus UK

Microsoft today announced that the next iteration of the Xbox console, the Xbox One, will be available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the US on November 22. While the list of launch countries has been pared somewhat from what was originally announced, the company notes that "many more markets will follow in 2014."

more

Xbox One launch cut to 13 countries from previous 21

08/14, 5:04pm

Change latest in Microsoft's frequent modifications to console pre-launch

In yet another modification to information promulgated at its debut, the Xbox One is now launching in fewer countries in November. The list of countries has been pruned to 13 countries, down eight from the previous 21. Cut from the November launch are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

more

Microsoft revises Xbox One again; Kinect peripheral not mandatory

08/12, 10:42pm

Kinect still bundled with console at launch, but can be disconnected

The Xbox One has seen some significant changes since its unveiling. The latest modification today, promulgated by Microsoft, reveals that while the device ships with the Kinect, the device is no longer required for the next-generation Xbox to function. Chief product officer Marc Whitten said in an interview today that "the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in, although you won't be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor," similar to the Kinect's functionality on the Xbox 360 now.

more

Rumor: Apple in talks to acquire maker of Xbox Kinect tech

07/16, 6:42am

Apple makes $280 million offer for PrimeSense, 3D sensor maker

Apple is rumored to be in the early stages of negotiations to acquire PrimeSense, the company behind the technology in the first generation Microsoft Kinect sensor. The Israeli-based company first shopped the original concepts behind the Kinect to Apple in 2010, but negotiations fell over quickly after Apple insisted on legal deals and nondisclosure agreements that PrimeSense felt were onerous. “Apple is a pain in the ass,” PrimeSense CEO Inon Beracha said at the time claiming that it didn’t feel the need to get tied down in Apple’s red tape at the time, especially when it had significant interest from other companies, including Microsoft.

more

Microsoft clarifies always-on, game licensing policies for Xbox One

06/06, 8:31pm

Xbox One must connect to Internet daily for offline games to function

Microsoft has clarified its stance on a number of controversial features of the upcoming Xbox One. The company confirmed that the game console will need a connection to the Internet every 24 hours in order to play games, as well as advising on used game sales, game rentals, and the privacy concerns for the improved Kinect sensor.

more

Microsoft updating Kinect for Windows motion sensor next year

05/23, 3:59pm

New sensor to have improved camera, skeletal system

Microsoft will be releasing an updated version of its Kinect for Windows sensor next year. Following on from the launch of the Xbox One and its inclusion of a new Kinect interface, the add-on for computers will have a number of matching improvements and a new software development kit, thanks to its shared technology set with the console version.

more

WSJ: Microsoft working on $99 video-streaming set-top box

05/10, 6:18am

Prototypes said to have Kinect-style motion controls

Microsoft is looking to create a set-top box for media playback, according to one report. Continuing previous rumors, the software giant is working on a device that will allow users to sign onto Xbox Live and use its apps to view streaming video, effectively cloning the non-gaming aspects of the Xbox 360 game console into a relatively-cheap product.

more

Xbox Live launches app for Pizza Hut food delivery

04/22, 10:30pm

Dashboard app allows for Kinect motion controls, voice recognition

A new Microsoft Xbox Live app, scheduled to launch on April 23, will allow users of the gaming and media service to order Pizza Hut products directly from the Xbox 360 console. The new app gives customers access to the restaurant's entire menu, and features full Kinect integration in addition to voice recognition, or regular game controller use.

more

Microsoft expands Xbox subsidy to 250GB model

10/23, 10:10am

Microsoft offers 250GB Xbox for $99, with Kinect for $150 with Xbox LIVE subscription

Microsoft is expanding its subsidy for the Xbox 360 console that started with the 4GB model back in May. Now, there are three choices, with potential buyers capable of picking the 4GB console with Kinect or a 250GB console without for the same $99. The third option adds Kinect to the 250GB console but bumps the price of entry to $149.

more

Kinect to see price drop to $110, $80 Xbox Essentials due

08/22, 3:03pm

Kinect gets a $40 price drop in the US, similar cuts coming to most other markets

The Kinect motion-sensing accessory for the Xbox 360 has received a $40 price drop in the US, with prices now set at $110. Other markets are due to get a similar though unspecified price drop as well, including North America, Latin America, Asia, and Pacific regions. Australians and New Zealanders won't get a price drop until October 4, however.

more

Leak: Kinect 2 image shows increased depth, detail

08/10, 6:00pm

A leaked image suggests the Kinect 2 will work with improved depth-of-field and use more movement data than before. The image surfaced on a Twitter feed run by @superDaE, apparently showing perceived depth as seen from the sensor. The two subjects viewed appear to have a higher level of detail than the current version of the Kinect is capable of producing, suggesting the system will measure movements with higher degree of accuracy.

more

Interactive ads coming to TV on Xbox 360 this fall

06/14, 4:25pm

Toyota, Unilever, Samsung among first to participate in NUads

Microsoft later this year will roll out a new ad platform for video streaming services on its Xbox 360 console, presenting users with interactive experiences instead of the static ads seen on television. According to the Los Angeles Times, the new platform—dubbed NUads—will initially feature partnerships with Toyota, Unilever, and Samsung Mobile. The ad move is viewed as part of a larger Microsoft strategy to steal viewers from television networks and establish the 360 as the center of the living room experience.

more

Mood-based ads maybe coming to Kinect, according to patent

06/13, 1:18pm

Kinect to serve happy people vacation ads

A recently revealed patent application from Microsoft shows that the company may be working on bringing mood-based advertising to its Kinect peripheral for Xbox. The patent, filed in 2010, describes a method for serving ads based on a user's mental state as perceived by Kinect's 3D camera system or other technologies. Microsoft suggests the technology will help advertisers more accurately target their ads, which could conceivably improve their effect.

more

UVA researchers develop Kinect item locator and tracker

06/09, 8:51pm

System is not ready for retail, tracks items to within five inches

University of Virginia researchers have developed a Microsoft Kinect-based system that keeps track of items as they are moved about the home. The project, Kinsight, uses several Kinect sensor bars running in parallel to give input to the server running the software. While radio-frequency item-locator technology already exists, the researchers claim that the Kinect system was between four and 16 times cheaper than RFID equipment cost based on a same-sized area.

more

Ubi turns walls into touchscreens with Kinect hack

05/28, 10:11am

Startup uses Kinect to make existing displays into 3D touchscreens

Startup company Übi has been showing off a tech demo utilizing Microsoft's Kinect camera to turn walls into interactive touchscreens. The Munich-based startup says that the technology can be applied to virtually any surface, allowing users to interact with presentations without the need for pointers, clickers, or mice of any kind.

more

Microsoft brings facial expression recognition to Kinect

05/21, 9:35pm

Kinect gets new capabilities ahead of Windows rollout

Microsoft has updated the software development kit for its Kinect sensor, adding facial expression recognition and other capabilities to its 3D camera system. The update comes ahead of Microsoft's release of the Kinect for Windows SDK, which will bring the Kinect's feature set from the Xbox 360 to Windows desktops and notebooks. The update is largely in keeping with what Microsoft previously revealed as forthcoming features for Kinect.

more

Leap Motion takes a swipe at Microsoft’s Kinect

05/21, 8:46am

Leap Motion unveils motion control for Macs and PCs

Leap Motion has taken the covers off its new motion-tracking device for computer interaction. As the video (embedded below) demonstrates, the device maker shows off how the device could potentially replace a mouse and keyboard in a number of computing and gaming contexts. The size of a small flash drive, the Leap is said to be able to allow users to control a computer in three dimensions, tracking natural hand and finger movements down to 1/100th of a millimeter.

more

Microsoft to add exercise-tracking Play Fit to Kinect?

05/08, 12:53pm

Joule accessory will measure, record heart-rate

Microsoft is preparing an addition to its Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360 that will track a user's exercises across multiple Kinect games, The Verge learned from its sources. Called Play Fit, it will upload numbers to online storage and thereby be accessible from anywhere. A new hardware accessory will be made available as well, dubbed so far as the Joule.

more

Xbox and Kinect for $99, 2 year Live subscripton confirmed

05/07, 7:30pm

Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle subsidized by 2 year contract

The previously speculated Xbox 360 bundle deal from Microsoft has been confirmed to exist. A voucher for the bundle has appeared on the Microsoft Store website, showing a 4GB Xbox 360 complete with Kinect for $99 and a two-year, $15-per-month Xbox Live Gold subscription.

more

Kinect hack enables 3D hologram teleconferencing

05/04, 8:29pm

Researchers turn Kinect, plastic tube into 3D telepresence tool

Researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario have developed a hologram-like teleconferencing model that uses Microsoft's Kinect system to enable live, 3D teleconferencing. In a manner reminiscent of Star Wars' hologram messages, users are able to get a three-dimensional view of their conferencing partner.

more

Microsoft to offer $99 subsidized Xbox 360 Kinect bundle?

05/02, 11:50am

By Justin King

Microsoft is reportedly preparing to offer a $99 Xbox 360 bundle that will include the Kinect sensor, subsidizing the upfront cost and tying buyers to a two-year subscription. Unnamed sources have told The Verge the company will require an agreement that works like a cellphone contract, requiring buyers to pay a termination fee to cease monthly payments before the end of the term.

more

Home-built interactive touch table uses Kinect sensor

04/30, 3:35pm

Augmented reality table uses lasers, Kinect, more

NUI Group forum member Bastian has created a touch table that uses a projector and Microsoft's Kinect sensor to make it appear as if a user is touching objects floating in space. According to Hackaday, there are also four infrared laser involved to track the hand, making for an effect of a 3D holographic display. Kinect tracks the user's head in relation to the table, allowing the projector to adjust the image accordingly.

more

Eedoo CT510 motion gaming console raises Chinese ire at $600

04/28, 5:35pm

Lenovo investment Eedoo makes costly motion gaming

A recent Lenovo investment, Eedoo, is drawing criticism for the upcoming launch of China's first mainstream motion gaming system, the CT510. Pitched as a family entertainment system, the system is conspicuously like Microsoft's Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360 but is intended more as a general device with HD movie playback, karaoke, and motion-driven exercise apps. At $600, however, it costs more than the $399 US price of Microsoft's most advanced Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle.

more

Xbox 360 with Union Jack briefly leaks at Amazon

04/26, 12:40pm

Special edition hardware first online, then off

Both the look and the release date for the Xbox 360 Celebration Pack were briefly visible online today, as Amazon.co.uk accidentally posted the information online. VideoGamer.com discovered the online leak, now removed, which revealed a Union Jack-skinned console, Kinect sensor, and controller.

more

Microsoft patent would bring 3D audio to Kinect gamers

04/20, 8:40pm

Kinect patent hints at augmented reality

A Microsoft patent application revealed on Thursday could, if granted, bring automatically adjustable three-dimensional audio to Kinect gamers with surround sound systems. In addition to the possible audio benefits, the patent implies that the Kinect may be an even more capable attachment than Microsoft previously let on.

more

Job ad hints at Skype integration with Xbox

04/20, 11:05am

Skype seeks development engineer with Xbox focus

The Skype team is looking to bolster its ranks by posting a job listing which references the Xbox gaming console. Based in its London office, the position tells little about exactly how the video, voice, and text chat service will integrate into the platform hasn't been revealed. The Software Development Engineer will contribute to the development of experiences on Xbox, the listing reads.

more

Apple still researching stereo 3D image and capture tech

04/16, 11:50pm

Apple continues ongoing 3D camera tech

Apple job listings have shown that Apple is still actively researching 3D visual display and capturing technology that would extend to its iOS devices. An iOS Software Engineer position is looking for a doctorate holder who can handle "cameras and surfaces in a 3D environment" as well as "multi-view stereo and 3D reconstruction." Although it's unclear how long the same technical requirements have existed for the job, employees have been mentioning work in 3D imaging for at least two years.

more

Next Xbox rumored to have 16-core processor

04/13, 4:35pm

Next-gen Xbox console to get 16-core CPU?

The next-generation Xbox console, which may or may not be called the Xbox 720, may be powered by a 16-core CPU, SlashGear reported on Friday. That CPU may be branded as IBM Power PC, and be paired with one or two GPUs that has comparable processing power to AMD's Radeon HD 7000. That power will be needed to run next-generation games and the Kinect successor, which is said to be able to read lips and fingertips as well as track multiple players and thus require at least four cores.

more

Rumor: new Xbox has dual video, Blu-ray, always-on Internet

04/02, 2:30pm

Next Xbox may lean on graphics and DRM

A currently uncertain but unusually detailed rumor Monday has Microsoft's next-generation Xbox making aggressive decisions on hardware. Multiple tips to VG24/7 supported AMD's hints of movie-quality 3D graphics with claims there would be two Radeon HD 7000 graphics cores. Rather than simply pair them up to form a single virtual card, as with AMD's usual CrossFire, it would have each core rendering separate objects in the same scene.

more

Design firm may have tipped PlayStation Orbis features

03/30, 2:45pm

PS4/Orbis may get Kinect-like gaming features

The rumored PlayStation Orbis, a codename for the upcoming PlayStation 4, may use a Kinect-like motion sensor to track gamers, according to images posted online at design firm Coque. The illustrations have since been pulled, but have been saved by original rumor source Kotaku and embedded below. The PlayStation Eye, an accessory for the current PS3 console, already has tracking capabilities, though it's not as advanced as the Kinect's sensors.

more

Kinect for Windows 1.5 adds 'seated' tracking

03/27, 2:30pm

Kinect for Windows 1.5 coming late in May

Microsoft has just revealed that the 1.5 release of its Kinect for Windows software is coming at the end of May. The most significant change will include what Microsoft calls "seated," or 10-joint skeletal tracking that will give the Kinect cameras the ability to track the arms, head, and neck of a user. This will work both in the near mode for seating as well as the regular, standing mode.

more

MLB, Comcast, HBO Go reach Xbox 360, media use passes games

03/27, 10:00am

MLB joins cable on Xbox 360

Microsoft took its promised Comcast Xfinity TV and HBO Go support live on the Xbox 360 Tuesday with the extra addition of MLB.tv. Akin to the ESPN app, it gives users the option of watching live and on-demand events, albeit live only for out-of-market games. Kinect owners have the extra advantage of motion and voice commands that can sometimes speed up the action.

more

HBO shows off voice-guided HBO Go on Xbox 360

03/15, 7:30pm

Shows interface in preparation for April 1 launch

HBO has begun its marketing push in anticipation of its April 1 introduction of support for HBO Go on the Xbox 360. As part of that campaign, the video content provider has created and uploaded a video "tease" on YouTube (below). Showcased in the video is the Xbox's ability to use Kinect voice commands to manage the service's user interface.

more

Microsoft shows Beamatron AR concept with Kinect camera

03/14, 2:45pm

Beamatron is a Kinect-based AR concept from MS

Andy Wilson, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, has been busy working with colleagues on a project dubbed Beamatron. It's an augmented reality concept that uses KinectFusion, another Microsoft project, to create a 3D model of a space and build projected graphics onto it. It also gets Kinect to see the room and its many obstacles, as shown in the video below.

more

Vevo music-video app arrives for Xbox 360

03/07, 7:55pm

Ad-supported content available for free

Vevo has brought its music video library to the Xbox 360, enabling users to access more than 45,000 titles. The content is available in HD resolution and for free, through an ad-supported app that supports Kinect navigation.

more

Microsoft launches white Xbox 360 Kinect bundle

02/28, 4:40pm

Bundle includes two games

Microsoft today announced an Xbox Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle. The package features a glossy white console with matching controller and Kinect sensor. Included are two game compilations, Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures.

more

Microsoft patent describes seekbar function in Kinect

02/24, 4:35pm

Kinect may soon sport document, video controls

Microsoft is bringing the Kinect to PCs and recently released an SDK to this effect, but now a USPTO patent suggests it has more in the works for the system. A Seekbar feature will let users watching TV navigate channels and otherwise control their TVs and video with nothing more than their hands. The Seekbar would thus let users to open a seekbar while their other hand drags along it to either fast forward or rewind to where in the video or other content they want to be.

more

Third-gen Xbox may get Durango codename

02/17, 1:00pm

Next-generation Xbox to carry Durango codename

Microsoft is internally referring to the third-generation Xbox console as Durango, Kotaku claimed to have learned from multiple sources near the project. If true, this means any future news and rumors will center around this name, though the finalized name on the console and packaging will differ and isn't yet known. Durango is the name of one of Mexico's 31 states, which follows the theme started by Natal, Microsoft's codename for Kinect and a city in Brazil.

more

Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 bundle finally due April 3

02/07, 12:55pm

Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 gets definitive date

After months of extra waiting for the game itself, Microsoft has confirmed that the Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 bundle will be available April 3. The special edition system will cost $450 and includes a 320GB Xbox 360, a Kinect motion controller, and a copy of the game in question. Both the console and the Kinect have unique R2-D2 theming, while the gamepad is patterned after C-3PO.

more

Microsoft ships Kinect for Windows, posts finished SDK

02/01, 8:40am

Kinect for Windows and 1.0 SDK go live

On schedule, Microsoft has started shipping the Kinect for Windows add-on and its matching software. The sensor lets those on Windows 7, 8, and Embedded use the motion control from the Xbox with optimizations for the PC world, such as tracking subjects as close as 15.7 inches as well as a PC-oriented USB cable. It costs $249 for anyone, although it will cost $149 for educational users later.

more

Rumors: Kinect notebooks battery hogs with exclusive deals

01/31, 9:15am

Kinect notebooks being tested, ASUS a partner

The upcoming notebooks with built-in Kinect will be licensed to makers such as ASUS but no other motion-sensing technology can be used in these, The Daily claimed Tuesday. Likewise, while the Windows 8 notebooks with Kinect were ASUS-branded, the Taiwanese computer maker isn't involved in testing the gear, but it will likely be a launch partner. The test units are almost always plugged in as well, suggesting the technology is heavy on energy use. A dedicated battery pack just for the Kinect camera and sensor that clips onto notebooks may be required in order to alleviate this issue.

more

Microsoft said testing Kinect built into notebooks

01/27, 9:45am

Kinect notebooks may use motion for Windows 8

Microsoft is not only planning to release Kinect for Windows but is aiming to make motion control a built-in feature for PCs, according to fresh leaks. Those at The Daily claim to have used two prototype Windows 8 notebooks where the Kinect sensor system replaces the normal webcam. A Microsoft insider claimed that the ASUS-branded systems are testbeds with the hint they may become real products.

more

Kinect demo shows 'holographic' 3D game engine

01/25, 10:35pm

App controlled using Windows Phone device

Developers have demonstrated an unofficial feature for Microsoft's Kinect system that mimics holographic effects. The Programming4fun team used the Kinect beta SDK and Windows Phone to create the illusion of a holographic scene, using the Kinect sensors to track a user's position and change the perspective of the scene projected on a flat surface.

more

Electronista Sponsor

Electronista Newsletter

Free Technology and Gadgets Newsletter

  • We will not share your email address with anyone.

    toggle

    Most Popular

    Sponsor

    Recent Reviews

    D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

    Home automation fans have been getting their fair share of gadgets and accessories in the last few years. Starting with light bulbs, a ...

    Razer Kraken Pro headset

    Gaming headphones are a challenge to get right, for a long list of reasons that are unique to the consumer buying them. Some shoppers ...

    Patriot Aero Wireless Mobile Drive

    Regardless of how large a tablet you buy, you always want more space. There's always one more movie or another album you'd cram on, if ...

    Sponsor

    toggle

    Most Commented

     
    toggle

    Popular News