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Xbox One: Will non-Kinect users miss out?

By Steve Watts, May 14, 2014 12:00pm PDT

Microsoft's move to offer Xbox One without the Kinect again raises a looming question: just what are non-users missing out on?


"The ability to "find the location of the sound source and the direction of the audio wave" is ..."

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Microsoft to offer refunds on Gold subscriptions

By Steve Watts, May 14, 2014 10:00am PDT

Microsoft is offering pro-rated refunds on Gold subscriptions that are canceled after the June update removes the streaming services paywall.


"I think Microsoft is both working hard to get back on top and Sony is enjoying its current ..."

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Titanfall: Expedition arrives on Thursday

By Ozzie Mejia, May 14, 2014 8:00am PDT

Titanfall players won't have to wait much longer for the game's new Expedition DLC. In fact, it's set to arrive on both Xbox One and PC tomorrow.


Removing Kinect could increase Xbox One processing power

By Steve Watts, May 14, 2014 7:00am PDT

Microsoft VP for devices and studios Yusuf Mehdi signaled that removing Kinect may free up more processing power for games, but still feels that having the Kinect attached is "the premium experience."


"Microsoft really needed to build up a library of titles that utilized it in new and novel ways ..."

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Shack Snack: May 14, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 14, 2014 6:00am PDT

Start your mornings right with a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.


"I'm glad that they are not changing the conditions for keeping games from Games With Gold for ..."

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Standalone Kinect coming 'later,' may be bundled with a game

By Steve Watts, May 13, 2014 10:30am PDT

Microsoft is going to start offering a Kinect-less Xbox One, but if you decide you still want a Kinect you'll have to wait a little while, and probably pay more for a bundle.


"Right now it is, this better be coming with a big OS update or navigation is gonna suuuuuck"

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Xbox One getting 'subscription-based' Games with Gold next month

By Robert Workman, May 13, 2014 9:10am PDT

Microsoft announced its line-up for Games with Gold in June, including the expansion of the program to Xbox One.


"So the 360 versions are free to keep still and the xb1 versions are a paid sub version? I can ..."

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Xbox One getting $399 version without Kinect in June

By Steve Watts, May 13, 2014 8:55am PDT

Microsoft is introducing an Xbox One without Kinect included. It will launch on June 9 for $399.


"Her point is you're not listening to the customers, you're listening to the money telling you a ..."

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Report: Microsoft removing Xbox Gold requirement for Netflix and Hulu

By Steve Watts, May 13, 2014 7:00am PDT

Microsoft is reportedly planning to remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement to access services like Netflix and Hulu, but may put other services (like its own original programming) behind a paywall to make up for it.


"Ayup. This was my last big objection to the XBO. I still don't like the Metro interface, but I ..."

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Why Sunset Overdrive is an Xbox One exclusive

By Steve Watts, May 12, 2014 3:00pm PDT

Sunset Overdrive's co-creators talk about the vital piece that led to the game's status as an Xbox One exclusive.


"Yeah, because what artist in their right mind wants to actually retail ownership and control of ..."

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Titanfall: Expedition expected to hit Xbox 360 in June

By Ozzie Mejia, May 10, 2014 3:00pm PDT

Titanfall's Expedition DLC will hit Xbox One and PC later this month, but Xbox 360 players will be left waiting a little while longer.


Super TIME Force trailer takes things slow

By Ozzie Mejia, May 10, 2014 2:00pm PDT

Super TIME Force's release date is fast approaching. In fact, the game's set to arrive on Wednesday. It's all happening so fast! With so much to take in, it's understandable if you want to slow things down a notch. Capybara agrees and would like to move things at a slower pa...


"Yep, the reveal gave me that impression too. This would be a no-brainer for a lot of PC users, ..."

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Forza 5 revs classic rides with Megular's Car Pack today

By Robert Workman, May 06, 2014 3:00pm PDT

A new car pack brings genuine muscle to Forza Motorsport 5.


"Guess I should have put both letters in caps to make it clearer, but anyway..."

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Watch (and snap) the NFL draft on Xbox One

By Steve Watts, May 06, 2014 8:00am PDT

The NFL draft is coming up, and Microsoft has detailed the features for the Xbox One NFL app to watch it all unfold.


"I'm sure the NFL is super focused on the massive Canadian market with the recent success of the ..."

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Next Xbox One update will let you help improve speech recognition

By Andrew Yoon, May 05, 2014 9:00am PDT

With the next system update, Microsoft is asking for fans to provide their own voice samples to help improve their voice recognition software.


"So if all the southerners opt in and we slobs from NJ opt out, does that mean the South will ..."

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