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Microsoft begs devs to pay attention to Kinect 2 for Windows, even after Xbox One de-bundling

Microsoft begs devs to pay attention to Kinect 2 for Windows, even after Xbox One de-bundling

Microsoft’s Kinect 2 for Windows went on pre-order this weekend, and Microsoft has published an extensive piece on how it built Kinect’s capabilities, functions, and sophisticated software body tracking. For showcasing the system’s impressive capabilities, Microsoft picked developer Freak’n’Genius — ...

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GameWorks FAQ: AMD, Nvidia, and game developers weigh in on the GameWorks controversy

GameWorks FAQ: AMD, Nvidia, and game developers weigh in on the GameWorks controversy

Last week, Forbes published an explosive story claiming that Nvidia had used GameWorks to cripple AMD’s performance in the new Ubisoft game Watch Dogs. This kicked off a series of events, including our own inability to duplicate similar results and a ...

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Playing the sales game: Do game releases actually increase console sales?

Playing the sales game: Do game releases actually increase console sales?

The constant refrain that we hear from the gaming community is “we need more games.” If a platform is struggling, our first assumption is that there just aren’t enough games available for it. Conventional wisdom has it that offering up ...

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Steam In-Home Streaming: At last, you can play PC games on the toilet (video review)

Steam In-Home Streaming: At last, you can play PC games on the toilet (video review)

After a few months of closed testing, Valve has released a public beta version of Steam with In-Home Streaming enabled. In-Home Streaming allows you to stream any game from a host PC to a client (a Mac laptop or wimpy ...

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With a $6 million prize fund, Dota 2 is now one of the world’s biggest sports

With a $6 million prize fund, Dota 2 is now one of the world’s biggest sports

Valve’s annual Dota 2 tournament — The International — is now one of world’s biggest sporting events. Thanks to the Valve’s most excellent shepherding of both the game and the 5-versus-5 MOBA genre, an ingenious crowdfunding scheme, and the continuing ...

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The worst storage mediums of all time

The worst storage mediums of all time

1 of 4 Next As information and mass-communication have begun to play larger roles in our everyday lives, our storage mediums have had to evolve quickly to keep up with out demands. Papyrus and movable type were huge steps forward ...

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Desperate Microsoft removes Xbox Live Gold paywall for Netflix, Hulu, other web services

Desperate Microsoft removes Xbox Live Gold paywall for Netflix, Hulu, other web services

For as long as subscription services — such as Netflix or Hulu — have existed on Xbox Live, Microsoft has required users to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access them, whereas gamers could access those very same ...

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Microsoft admits defeat: Xbox One without Kinect coming June 9 for $400

Microsoft admits defeat: Xbox One without Kinect coming June 9 for $400

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One, without Kinect, will be available from June 9 for $ 400. The Kinect-free Xbox One will be available in “all markets where Xbox One is sold.” To complete the circle, this fall you’ll ...

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These Unreal Engine 4 tech demos will make your jaw drop

These Unreal Engine 4 tech demos will make your jaw drop

During the prime of the PS3 and Xbox 360, Unreal Engine 3 ruled the roost. It was powerful, flexible, and relatively easy to get up and running, so countless developers quickly flocked to it. There’s much more competition these days ...

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Microsoft’s backwards policies are hurting the Xbox One

Microsoft’s backwards policies are hurting the Xbox One

Since the Xbox One was revealed last May, Microsoft has made some major course corrections. The draconian always-online requirements were scrapped, and the execution of used game dealers was stayed, but a number of serious issues still plague the Xbox ...

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