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The tech behind Kinect and how it will control your living room

LOS ANGELES -- At first I thought I had misunderstood him, so I made sure to reply slowly. "So you're saying Kinect is going to blast IR signals at your living room, and they're going to reflect off walls and stuff and bounce back to control all of your devices?"<p>"That's correct," Marc Whitten …

Living Rooms

Microsoft exec on Xbox One: No Internet? Get an Xbox 360

Bummed out because the Xbox One requires an Internet connection? Microsoft has some advice for you: stick with an Xbox 360.<p>In an interview with Spike TV at the E3 show Tuesday, Xbox executive Don Mattrick responded to the complaints about the Xbox One's demand for an Internet connection. Mattrick …

Xbox

Microsoft's Marc Whitten on why Xbox One offers a better value

LOS ANGELES -- Marc Whitten thinks the Xbox One provides an overall better value than the competition.<p>"I believe we're delivering an immense value," he explained to me at a meeting within Microsoft's booth at E3 2013. The Microsoft corporate vice president and chief product officer for Xbox …

Living Rooms

Xbox One restricts disc resales, requires daily gaming check-in

Gamers using Xbox One will find new, and more restrictive, rules regarding selling used games when the console debuts later this year.<p>Microsoft will let game publishers set the rules for reselling games to retailers.<p>"We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at …

James Martin

Motion gaming forfeit: PlayStation Camera isn't bundled with the PS4, and that's a big problem

Sony sacrifices a peripheral for price, cedes motion gaming to the Kinect<p>"Do you have any 'PlayStation Eye' games upstairs?"<p>"PlayStation what?"<p>"PlayStation Eye."<p>"The camera?"<p>"Yeah, the camera."<p>"I think there's a tech demo."<p>It's not entirely her fault the PR rep doesn't know what I'm talking about. …

PlayStation history shows PS4 can beat the Xbox One (video)

Sony stunned the gaming world this week by divulging that its new PlayStation 4 console will be significantly cheaper than its major rival, the Xbox One. But does it stand a chance against the might of Microsoft?<p>To find out, watch as we plunge headlong into the rich history of the PlayStation, from …

Gaming

Xbox One: top features you probably hadn't noticed

<b>So, it's official: Microsoft has dropped some of the more hated DRM requirements on the Xbox One.</b><p>It's a move that's made people happy — no need for a …

Why next-gen consoles won't run games at 4K

Back in March, Microsoft's CVP of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi told <i>Forbes</i> that the Xbox One would support 4K gaming, saying that there was "no hardware restriction there at all".<p>However, some testing from <i>AnandTech</i> suggests that while that statement might be technically accurate, whether it's …

Nextgen

Xbox One scores high number of preorders

The Xbox One is apparently a hit even before it officially launches.<p>Preorders for the Xbox One have surpassed those for the Xbox 360 during its prelaunch months, Microsoft announced Thursday. The upcoming console has sold out in preorder status at most of its major retailers in the U.S., the …

Gaming

Microsoft prices Xbox One controller at $60, headset at $25

Owning an Xbox One with multiple controllers could prove to be an expensive proposition.<p>The console, which is slated to launch later this year for $499.99, will come with one controller. Customers who want to buy another controller, however, will need to cough up $59.99. The Xbox One's controller …

James Martin

Xbox 360 E console review: New Xbox 360 brings nothing new to table - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Xbox 360 E</b> delivers a fantastic library of media and games, along with slightly quieter operation than the previous 360 model.<p><b>The Bad</b> The 360 E loses the optical audio output found on previous Xbox models; lacks a Blu-ray drive; requires annual Xbox Live Gold subscription for nearly all …

Gear & Gadgets

Rumour: Sony's Virtual Reality Headset Works in Conjunction with PS4 Camera

As the rumours surrounding the PlayStation 4 taught us before it was officially announced, there’s no smoke without fire. It seems, then, that Sony …

Here's What Some Developers Think Of the PlayStation 4

Those who have had a chance to play around with Sony's latest console, the PS4, have been sharing their experiences and what they think about Sony's …

Why PS4 And Xbox One Will Be The Biggest Console Launch Ever

The Xbox One and the Playstation 4 should have a few cards stacked against them. They’re being launched at a time when huge swaths of their target demographic already carry around powerful, gaming devices in their pockets, they’re very expensive in an era when even fancy games are going …

Famitsu asks four PS4 devs what the system means to them

With the PlayStation 4's launch a bit over two months away in the U.S. (and in Japan too, probably, though Sony won't be announcing the actual date until Sept. 9), <i>Famitsu</i> held a quick roundtable discussion in this week's issue where they asked four developers working on PS4 titles what they think …