Matthew Alvarez-McCann

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This App Will Teach Your Kid To Play The Piano

These days, developers are trying to create video games to teach just about everything. It seems pretty clear that learning through digital play can be extremely effective. So there’s a race on to build the best apps and games to teach each and every subject. I recently tested an iPad app designed …

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Podcast Unlocked 184: Battle of the Bands

Plus: Will BOTH Rock Band and Guitar Hero return this year?<p><b>DOWNLOAD PODCAST UNLOCKED 184</b><p>On this week's IGN Xbox podcast, we discuss running out of …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Microsoft’s Xbox One policy reversal is bad for gaming

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Forcing Microsoft to reverse some of its key plans for the Xbox One console maintains the status quo for the gaming industry — one that needed to grow and …

Microsoft's Xbox One E3 Press Conference

<i>Live blog begins at 9 PT/12 ET. Watch the press conference here.</i><p>We head into this year’s E3 in a rather odd position. Normally we’d all be waiting with bated breath for the start of a new console generation, as the event is where new systems tend to make their debut. But in order to get a jump on …

Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Could Be The End Of Video Game Consoles

The world will focus on the next generation of gaming at E3 in Los Angeles this week, as over 35,000 industry professionals gather at the LA Convention Center. Sony and Microsoft kick things off on June 10 with press conferences to tout the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, which will launch …

Press Start: Call of Duty Ghosts details, Microsoft to show 20 games at E3 conference, and more

A selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.<p>E3 2013: Call of Duty: Ghosts - Diving Into the Campaign | IGN<p>Here's an early preview …

E3 2013: a guide to the biggest gaming show on earth

This week in Los Angeles, the future of the mainstream games industry will be announced. Over 200 developers will show up, spending many millions on …

E3 2013: Giant Gaming Show Starts Today With PlayStation and XBox Events

At this year's E3 video game expo, where press and fans get first looks at upcoming games and hardware, a new generation will be ushered in as …

Kiefer Sutherland Replacing David Hayter As The Voice Of Metal Gear Solid's Snake

I understand that video game makers are excited that actual celebrities from movies and film are excited to work in the genre these days, but it does seem odd to outright replace someone who has literally been your main character in your flagship series for the last 15 years. That’s what’s …

Study: Without Used Games Publishers Would Need To Slash Prices To Stay Afloat

<i>A new study shows that without used games video game publishers would need to drop their prices by 33%.</i><p>In my last post I argued that brick-and-mortar retail was bad for the video game industry in the long run, and that used games were a necessary casualty on the path to digital distribution, all of …

Xbox One, Microsoft's next-generation console revealed

Microsoft unveiled its new console, the successor to the Xbox 360, at an event at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. today.<p>The Xbox One is the name of the new device, and it will include the ability to support live television.<p>"What if a single device could provide all your entertainment, …

Xbox One will launch this year

It's finally official. Microsoft formally announced the next Xbox today during a media briefing at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The next-generation platform is called Xbox One and will launch later this year alongside the PlayStation 4.<p>The Xbox One is said to boast an "all-in-one …

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Microsoft unveils its next-generation Xbox One game console

Microsoft unveiled its next-generation Xbox, the Xbox One, this morning at an even on its campus.<p>The company’s aim is to usher in the next-generation of entertainment, using games as the Trojan horse into broader control of the living room. More than eight years in the making, the new machine …

Xbox One offers live television feed, guides

The Xbox One won't just be for video games; the device is also set to have functionality tied to television broadcasts, it was announced during the console's reveal event in Redmond today.<p>During the reveal event, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi asked, "What if a single device could provide all your …

Meet the new Xbox One controller

The Xbox One is real. Microsoft’s next-generation system also has a new controller that looks very familiar.<p>Xbox One comes with a dual-analog gamepad that has nearly an identical layout to the Xbox 360 joystick. That makes a lot of sense, since many consider that controller as the industry standard.<p>…

Xbox One user interface with 'instant switching' detailed

Microsoft showed off the Xbox One's interface during the console's reveal event today, and it's heavily integrated with the next Kinect.<p>Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president for Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, demonstrated the always-on device by booting it up with the command "Xbox, …

Skype on Xbox One will allow group video calls

Microsoft's Xbox One will use Skype for group video calls and can be controlled used voice commands, the company announced at the console's unveiling event today.<p>Skype will be available in widescreen HD, and users will be able to do group video calls on their TV. Users can use the new "Snap" mode …

Xbox One: Microsoft's new console, Kinect, and a big bet on TV

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> Xbox One: Microsoft's new console, Kinect, and a big bet on TV<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Microsoft's new Xbox One console is set to debut in November and battle Sony's PlayStation 4 in a fresh round of console wars. The Xbox One includes Kinect …

Five years on from HD DVD's failure, the Xbox One has a Blu-ray drive

Microsoft's Xbox One will come complete with a Blu-ray drive. Games for the new console will be stored on Blu-ray discs, matching the PlayStation 4 as well as the Wii U's high-capacity proprietary media. It's not currently known what speed the Blu-ray drive runs at.<p>The move marks an about face from …

Every Xbox One comes with a next-generation Kinect

Every new Xbox One will come with a new Kinect, Microsoft has just announced. The peripheral has received an incredible overhaul: the Xbox One uses it to turn on your entire entertainment system and switch between games, movies, web browsing and live television at a moment's notice. Just say "Xbox …

Microsoft bringing fully integrated SmartGlass experience to the new Xbox One

At E3 last year, Microsoft introduced Xbox SmartGlass — a second-screen companion app to the Xbox 360 for smartphones, tablets, and Windows 8 PCs that displays companion content for supported entertainment options like movies and games. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has just announced that it's …

Xbox Live adds gameplay recording and sharing, revamps achievements

Xbox Live has long been a central component to Microsoft's game consoles: it (and <i>Halo 2</i>) almost singlehandedly made the original Xbox a force to be reckoned with, and it's been key to the successes of the Xbox 360. For the Xbox One announced today, Microsoft has naturally seen fit to refresh its …

Xbox One's SmartGlass functionality detailed

Following the unveiling of its new console today, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One will include SmartGlass functionality.<p>Microsoft's Marc Whitten included SmartGlass in a list of features built in to Xbox One. He implied that the service will be more widely used and work better because the new …

Xbox One controller features 40 design changes

The Xbox One will feature a redesigned version of the Xbox controller, Microsoft's Marc Whitten announced today at the console's unveiling event.<p>The controller looks similar to the previous Xbox controller. The analog sticks are thinner and have some texturing on the sides and look like perforated …

Xbox One includes a new Kinect sensor

The Xbox One will include a new Kinect sensor, Microsoft announced during its Xbox reveal event today.<p>The new device supports 1080p video at 30 frames per second and offers a 60 percent wider field of view, thanks to a data throughput of 2 GB per second. New "time of flight" technology enables the …

Xbox One specs include 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Blu-ray

The Xbox One features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of system memory, and a 500GB hard drive, Microsoft's Marc Whitten announced today. The console uses a single system-on-a-chip (SoC) using a 40 nanometer process combining the GPU, CPU, memory, and more onto a single chip.<p>For comparison, the Xbox 360 is …

The Xbox One Revealed

Join us as Microsoft takes the wraps off the successor to the Xbox 360, starting at 9AM PST on May 21.<p>Last updated by on<p><i>Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com</i>

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