Kinect Sports Rivals

XBOX ONE / Sports / Release: Apr 11, 2014 / ESRB: U

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Kinect Sports Rivals review: could've been a contender

Kinect Sports Rivals review: could've been a contender

Kinect Sports Rivals is the first big Xbox One game that showcases the capabilities of the second-generation Kinect sensor. Like the original Kinect Sports (and Wii Sports), the goal of Rivals is to showcase new gameplay experiences made possible through new technology.

Unfortunately, while Rivals has its moments, it fails to showcase the new Kinect in a positive light. Lackluster activities and inconsistent tracking by Kinect hinder the overall experience.

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Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship to give away $10,000 grand prize

Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship to give away $10,000 grand prize

Sure, pro athletes make good money. Hey, even e-sport players can rake in quite a lot of dough. But what about athletes that participate in Kinect-virtualized sports? What do we call those players?

The Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship will award the best "motion-sports" players with cash prizes, Microsoft has announced. The grand prize winner will win $10,000 in cash and a trip for two to Bora Bora, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, or the Swiss Alps.

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Dr. Who's David Tennant to narrate Kinect Sports Rivals

Dr. Who's David Tennant to narrate Kinect Sports Rivals

The Rare-developed Kinect Sports Rivals has managed to snag a very British addition to the game. David Tennant, best known as the tenth Doctor from the Doctor Who series, will offer his voice for the game. It'll be his first time doing voiceover work for video games.

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Kinect Sports Rivals preview: getting a grip

Kinect Sports Rivals preview: getting a grip

Kinect Sports Rivals is nowhere as immediately gratifying and fun as Wii Sports. There could be a lot of depth hidden in each of the game modes, but unfortunately, my preview session didn't afford a much time with each sport. Instead, rapidly playing individual rounds of each of the sports didn't feel immediately intuitive.

Jet ski racing is easily the highlight of the six sports represented. It's no surprise why Microsoft and Rare decided to showcase it in the Pre-Season demo. It's fast, pretty, and incredibly intuitive; leaning your body to turn just feels right.

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Kinect Sports Rivals coming to Xbox One on April 8

Kinect Sports Rivals coming to Xbox One on April 8

Kinect Sports Rivals was originally meant to be a launch game for Xbox One--one of the few games designed to take full advantage of the mandatory Kinect sensor included with Microsoft's next-gen system. Obviously, that didn't happen. The compilation will include new motion games, including climbing, wake racing, target shooting, soccer, tennis, and bowling. And it'll be available on April 8.

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Kinect Sports Rivals: Preseason is a free wake racing demo, available at Xbox One launch

Kinect Sports Rivals: Preseason is a free wake racing demo, available at Xbox One launch

Kinect Sports Rivals won't be available in time for the launch of Xbox One. However, you'll still be able to get a small taste on November 22nd. Kinect Sports Rivals: Preseason is a free demo that offers a sample of wake racing, one of the six sports to be represented in the full game. While there's only one level to race through, Preseason contains a number of monthly challenges that will unlock bonus content in the full retail release.

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Rare has ideas for new Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata--using Kinect

Rare has ideas for new Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata--using Kinect

Rare used to be known for its platforming games, like Banjo-Kazooie and Conker. But as of late, all they've been making has been Kinect Sports games. In fact, their next title is Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One. But the studio's Simon Woodroffe says it already has some concepts for how to bring back its older franchises--with Kinect, of course.

Read more: 'We've got some ideas for how to use it in the right way' »

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Watch how Xbox One Kinect scans your face

Watch how Xbox One Kinect scans your face

One of the most impressive things about Kinect Sports Rivals is Kinect's ability to automatically create an avatar simply by looking at you. You may have seen it in action in yesterday's tech video, but you'll get a better look in this lengthy video.

In this official Microsoft-produced video, OXM's Aoife Wilson walks in front of Kinect to produce an avatar. The camera detects her glasses, asks her to take them off, and then scans her face. Voila! Her in-game character looks just like the real thing. If Kinect can consistently produce these results, we'll be quite impressed.

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Kinect Sports Rivals video shows off fancy Xbox One tech

Kinect Sports Rivals video shows off fancy Xbox One tech

The new Kinect included with Xbox One is incredible. Microsoft is clearly betting a lot on the camera, which is largely responsible for Xbox One's $500 price tag. Yet oddly, they've done little to show what Kinect can do with games.

It's clear that the next-gen Kinect is a powerful piece of hardware. A new promotional video for Kinect Sports Rivals does a good job of showing exactly what Microsoft's camera can do. For example, it can recreate your face with a map of 1400 points.

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Kinect Sports Rivals delayed, no longer launch title

Kinect Sports Rivals delayed, no longer launch title

Kinect Sports Rivals, the Xbox One launch title that outed the console's November release window, is no longer a launch title. Rare's Xbox One debut has now been delayed to spring 2014.

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Xbox One coming in November, with Kinect Sports Rivals

Xbox One coming in November, with Kinect Sports Rivals

Apparently the Xbox One is coming in November. Rare announced Kinect Sports Rivals is coming to Xbox One when the system launches sometime that month. The reveal came moments before Microsoft's official press conference was scheduled to begin.

The game is expect to include soccer, jetski racing, bowling, target shooting, tennis, and rock climbing. More details will be revealed at the event.

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