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Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

Indie developers cannot self-publish on Xbox One

Microsoft will not allow independent developers to self-publish their games on Xbox One without partnering with Microsoft Studios or a third-party partner, a Microsoft exec told Shacknews at the console's reveal event.<p>The policy mirrors that of the Xbox Live Arcade platform on Xbox 360, which …

Xbox One game pricing up to publishers, Phil Spencer says

Microsoft won't set the price for Xbox One games and will leave the price point of next-gen games up to publishers, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer told Polygon today.<p>When asked about how games might be priced on the newly announced Xbox One console, Spencer said that's not …

Crab walks, thumbsticks and the future of Xbox controls

We had a chance to check out the Xbox One's new controller and the future of Kinect during today's visit to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. campus.<p>The controller features 40 improvements to the Xbox 360 controller and feels like a slightly lighter, but more solid version of Microsoft's gamepad. Kinect …

Xbox One's 'Magic Moments' gameplay capture tech detailed

The Xbox One's ability to capture and share gameplay videos will be powered by a special technology designed to identify "magic moments" in a game and automatically record and save them, Microsoft officials tell Polygon.<p>Gameplay videos can be captured in two basic ways, Ben Kilgore, corporate vice …

Xbox One Achievements expanded with 'Challenges,' cross-game Achievements

Achievements on the Xbox One will be complemented by the addition of cloud-driven achievements that can be added to games as developers see fit and new Challenges that can dare players to achieve smaller, limited-time goals in games.<p>Microsoft's Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president, Interactive …

Xbox One lets you save and restart your game at any point

The Xbox One will include the ability to pause or save a game at any point without losing progress, Microsoft officials told Polygon.<p>"One of things that we haven't talked about is the way the saved game architecture works," said Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Interactive …

Xbox Live Gold memberships apply to both Xbox One and 360

Xbox Live Gold memberships on Xbox One will be flexible and streamlined, according to Microsoft, allowing console owners to use their Gold account on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 and letting multiple users share the same account.<p>"If you have an Xbox Gold membership today for 360 and you buy an …

Xbox One lets households share one Xbox Live Gold subscription across multiple accounts

Earlier this year, Microsoft discontinued its Xbox Live Gold Family Pack, an option for families to purchase multiple Gold memberships at a reduced rate. It now appears that it's making its way back to the Xbox One in one way or another. <i>Polygon</i> reports that multiple accounts will be able to share …

CryEngine 3 already running on Xbox One

Crytek confirms the CryEngine 3 will support Microsoft's recently unveiled Xbox One.<p>The studio announced in an official statement its engine is "already primed for Xbox One development," adding that Crytek technology is "equipped to start creating software for the system now."<p>The announcement goes …

Xbox One, PS4 box art revealed?

The official Battlefield 4 website (via Kotaku) has posted what appears to be Xbox One and PlayStation 4 box art designs.<p>It is possible that the images in question are mock-ups made by Electronic Arts, as neither Microsoft nor Sony have released official designs as of yet.<p>If the images are indeed …

Xbox One confusion: Microsoft leaves used games and 'always-online' requirement unclear

Microsoft's Xbox One announcement focused on hardware, entertainment, and gaming, but a controversial aspect of the new console — a rumored always-online requirement — has been left floating amid a sea of confusion. Microsoft sparked the hubbub with a vague answer on its Q&A section for the Xbox …

Xbox 360 controllers, accessories won't work on Xbox One

Microsoft has confirmed over Twitter that only Xbox One controllers and accessories will be supported on the next-generation platform. The Xbox 360 controllers and accessories players already own will not work on the new platform.<p>"To deliver consistent, meaningful gameplay to all users, only Xbox …

Microsoft Answers Xbox One Questions: Used Games, Always On and More

Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft debuted their new console, the Xbox One, at long last. We saw the controller, the box itself, a redesigned Kinect and some new features and games over the course of an hour.<p>But afterward, it was what we did not see or hear about that became the story. The presentation …