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Soda Drinker Pro coming to Xbox One with Kinect support

Soda Drinker Pro coming to Xbox One with Kinect support

Soda Drinker Pro, an odd first-person soda-drinking game, is coming to Xbox One with Kinect support. Already available now for PC with Oculus Rift support, Soda Drinker Pro has players drinking various carbonated beverages in a variety of environments. We're not kidding.

Read more: Drinking Soda Through Time »

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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.

Read more: Barely a bronze medal »

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Kinect for Windows v2 hardware revealed

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Kinect for Windows v2 hardware revealed

Microsoft plans on releasing a Windows PC version of its updated Kinect sensor. Originally developed for Xbox One, the new camera employs an entirely different capture tech that promises better accuracy than the first-gen Kinect. Today, Microsoft revealed what the final retail version will look like.

Read more: Drops all Xbox branding »

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Fantasia: Music Evolved preview: dynamic duets

Fantasia: Music Evolved preview: dynamic duets

When Harmonix first announced its upcoming Microsoft console-exclusive music game, Fantasia: Music Evolved, a part of me wondered how the Rock Band and Dance Central creators would be able to capture the wondrous atmosphere created by the original Disney films. After all, Fantasia makes me think of bombastic animation enhanced by its eclectic soundtrack. It makes me think of artistic and musical creativity. Nine months later, Harmonix is revealing new details on its Kinect-controlled title, showing some new ways to exercise some of that creativity, alone or with a friend.

In a private demo during last week's Game Developers Conference, Harmonix and Disney Interactive invited Shacknews to check out some previously-unrevealed elements of Fantasia. In addition to demonstrating a new explorable area, Harmonix showed off how the game's two-player mode will work, before bringing me aboard to try it out.

Read more: 'The Hollow' and two-player competitive play »

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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.

Read more: How to register »

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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.

Watch: Doctor Who? »

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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.

Watch: Underwater golf »

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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.

Watch: Fancy new tech »

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Report: Xbox One costs $471 to build

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Report: Xbox One costs $471 to build

Xbox One costs $100 more than PS4 at retail. And unsurprisingly, it costs Microsoft almost that much more to build their console versus Sony. Even less surprising: a bulk of that cost comes from the Kinect camera bundled with the system.

While PS4 costs $381 to build, the folks at IHS have figured out that the cost of manufacturing Xbox One is $471.

Read more: Kinect costs $75 »

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Apple acquires developer of first-gen Kinect, PrimeSense

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Apple acquires developer of first-gen Kinect, PrimeSense

PrimeSense, developer of the first-generation Kinect for Xbox 360, has been acquired by Apple. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," a company spokesperson said.

Read more: TV or mobile usage likely »

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Xbox One voice command guide

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Xbox One voice command guide

Now that Xbox One is out, you probably want to speak to your console. By saying "Xbox," Kinect opens up a menu that lets you speak a command at it. As noted in our review, you have to be very specific with your commands, otherwise Xbox might not understand you. Here's an overview of all the things you can say to your Kinect:

Read more: Every command »

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Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) review: Zoo Impossible

Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) review: Zoo Impossible

Have you ever watched Restaurant Impossible? The Food Network series has a chef walking into a failing restaurant screaming "what is wrong with you" and then attempts to fix it up. Zoo Tyccon for Xbox One is pretty much that game--but with zoos, of course. Kinectimals creator Frontier Developments caught my attention with a game that promised "Tycoon" style sim management and, yes, the ability to play with adorable animals. What I didn't expect was how deep and satisfying the sim would be.

Read more: 'you've been feeding your giraffes fish?' »

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Battlefield 4 lets you lean and peek with Kinect

Battlefield 4 lets you lean and peek with Kinect

As promised, the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4 will support Kinect functionality when it launches on November 22nd. But what will you be able to do with Microsoft's bundled camera? You'll be able to lean and peek.

Read more: Voice commands too, of course »

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Scanning codes into Xbox One is ridiculously fast

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Scanning codes into Xbox One is ridiculously fast

One of the benefits of having Kinect included with every Xbox One is how simple redeeming codes will be. Instead of having to input a lengthy alphanumeric code through the controller, you can simply tell Xbox to scan a code. Then, you simply point the QR code at the camera and it will redeem. Major Nelson shows off how fast the process is in a very compelling Vine video.

Watch: Six seconds of code redemption »

" its not impressive since everything can read QR codes really fast now."
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Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) preview: playing with animals

Zoo Tycoon (Xbox One) preview: playing with animals

It's been nearly a decade since the last proper Zoo Tycoon game came out. One has to wonder: why? There's something so satisfying about building a zoo and taking care of animals.

The new Zoo Tycoon for Xbox One comes from Kinectimals developer Frontier Developments. Their approach is to give players two kinds of experiences with the rebooted game: the macro game for sim purists, and an on-the-ground game for people that simply want to interact with cute animals. Offering both methods of play gives Zoo Tycoon the depth that Kinectimals never had, while giving the game the "isn't that so precious" moments that the original games could never realize.

Read more: Monkey See, Monkey Do »

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