Video games are ace. They allow you to do so many things that otherwise wouldn't be possible; you can fight in wars, command armies, build giant skyscrapers, and race cars. Except there's still a barrier to entry there: a controller. It's that standardized interface that keeps you from becoming fully immersed in a game, especially when it comes to driving. I mean, how can a controller or even a plastic wheel even come close to the real thing?
Microsoft may be getting its augmented-reality game on for the Xbox. In a newly published patent application, the company details augmented-reality glasses and a method for matching players via the glasses.
A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/… Read more
Timing is everything in comedy, and Viacom's Comedy Central network thinks now is the time to bring digital stand-up content to TV.
In a partnership with the Microsoft console, Comedy Central launched its CC:Stand-Up app on Xbox 360 Tuesday, bringing a library of 6,000 videos from more than 700 comedians straight to television for the first time.
The app is available for people with a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription, which typically costs $5 a month with a one-year commitment, although deals on the membership periodically crop up.
Ben Hurst, Viacom Entertainment Group's vice president of … Read more
Owning an Xbox One with multiple controllers could prove to be an expensive proposition.
The console, which is slated to launch later this year for $499.99, will come with one controller. Customers who want to buy another controller, however, will need to cough up $59.99. The Xbox One's controller with the Play and Charge Kit will set customers back $74.99.Microsoft announced the Xbox One console earlier this year and provided more details at E3 this summer. Microsoft has promised that the Xbox One will deliver vastly improved visuals, as well as a host of entertainment … Read more
A funny thing happened to me when I made a comparison chart this week listing what you can watch on Google's new Chromecast versus Apple TV and Roku. A few people asked why I didn't list the Xbox. The answer is that the Xbox is a different class of device, to me. And if I'm not thinking of it alongside streaming media devices, consumers might not, as well. That's an opportunity for Microsoft.
I love my Xbox for gaming. But I've also streamed Internet-based video content through my Xbox, just as I have through my … Read more
The news this morning from Digital Foundry that Sony's PlayStation 4 will allegedly require a hefty chunk of its memory to run the console's OS -- 3.5GB of its celebrated 8GB total -- has a few scratching their heads and many a fanboy rushing to the front lines. But we shouldn't be wasting our breath on hardware comparisons that miss the point.
The argument goes that so much memory-hogging kills the soaring ambitions Sony had set out for developers. Sony surprised the gaming community in February when it unveiled the console and showcased its jump from … Read more
Microsoft will let developers publish their own titles to its Xbox One console, a move that could spur more development on the upcoming gaming platform.
The company on Wednesday announced plans to let Xbox One buyers use the off-the-shelf hardware as a development unit, allowing people to create their own games that can be published to the Xbox Live storefront.
Per a just released statement from Microsoft's Marc Whitten, the corporate vice president of Xbox, all this will start with the hardware:Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used … Read more
I've been an Xbox 360 owner for years, but I've never once purchased an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Know why? Because I don't play online multiplayer games, and I refuse to pay extra just so I can watch premium services like HBO Go and Netflix (which I'm already paying for, thank you very much). For that same $60, I could buy a Roku box and stream HD video to my heart's content.
Make no mistake, I love the Xbox, love the Kinect, love using it as a Media Center Extender. I just won't pay … Read more