Microsoft reverses Xbox One indie publishing requirements

By: Eddie Makuch [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft confirmed that independent developers will be able to self-publish titles on Xbox One and that every system can be usedto make games. More details about the program will be shared at Gamescom next month. “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development,” Xbox … Continue reading Microsoft reverses Xbox One indie publishing requirements

Xbox One Kinect will be able to redeem QR code

By: Martin Gaston Microsoft has said that the Xbox One will be able to redeem download codes via the Kinect’s ability to read QR codes. “To my reddit friends–yup–this works!” Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten wrote on Twitter last night  in response to a Reddit thread . Every Xbox One owner will be ableto scan QR codes if they wish, because the Xbox One’s Kinect is … Continue reading Xbox One Kinect will be able to redeem QR code

Microsoft defends Xbox One $500 price point–“We’re over-delivering value”

By:  Eddie Makuch Microsoft’s Xbox boss Don Mattrick has spoken out to defend the Xbox One’s $500 price point , saying the company is in fact over-delivering value with the next-generation system. “It’s a lower number than some of the analysts had forecasted,” Mattrick said on Bloomberg TV . “We’re over-delivering value against other choices I think consumers can get. Any modern product these days you look … Continue reading Microsoft defends Xbox One $500 price point–“We’re over-delivering value”

New Fable forums go live ahead of E3

By: Eddie Makuch Lionhead Studios today launched new Fable forums (via CVG ), one week before studio owner Microsoft is expected to announce new Xbox One games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Microsoft’s E3 2013 briefing takes placeMonday, June 10 . The company has pledged to release 15 Xbox One exclusives in the platform’s first year, eight of which are all-new franchises. “Join fans from … Continue reading New Fable forums go live ahead of E3

IllumiRoom to be featured at Xbox 720 event – Report

By: Eddie Makuch Microsoft will demo the Kinect-enabled IllumiRoom video system tomorrow during its next-generation reveal event. That’s according to noted Windows blogger Paul Thurrott, who has a track record of accuracy. The IllumiRoom technology can alter the appearance of a room, trigger apparent motion, and extend a field of view, all in the name of enabling new gameplay and viewing experiences. A proof-of-concept video of the system is available below. … Continue reading IllumiRoom to be featured at Xbox 720 event – Report

Xbox 720 will interact with cable TV?

By: Eddie Makuch Multiple sources have told The Verge that the Xbox 720 will include a feature that allows the next-generation platform to take over a user’s TV and set-top box in much the same way that Google TV operates. The site’s sources also suggest the platform will require an online connection to use various entertainment services, as well as to tap into TV signals. … Continue reading Xbox 720 will interact with cable TV?

Xbox 720 requires Kinect?

By: Eddie Makuch The Xbox 720 rumor floodgates are pouring over. A source speaking toKotaku and going by the name of SuperDaE has reportedly obtained two Xbox 720 development kits as well as system overview documents, which detail the specifications of Microsoft’s still-unannounced next-generation platform. The first bit of information from the source claims the Xbox 720 will require Kinect to function. According to the source, … Continue reading Xbox 720 requires Kinect?

Xbox 720 has Siri-like voice recognition?

By:  Eddie Makuch Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox will feature improved voice recognition technology across the board, sources have told The Verge. People reportedly familiar with the next Xbox say it will support “wake on” voice, natural-language controls, and speech-to-text. Gamers will be able to walk into a room and say “Xbox on” to boot up the console, these people said. In addition, a Kinect sensor–perhaps the rumored Kinect V2–will … Continue reading Xbox 720 has Siri-like voice recognition?

Xbox 720 to require Internet connection?

By:  Eddie Makuch Additional alleged Xbox 720 details have come to light today. Sources speaking to Edge said that the platform will require an Internet connection to function and that a new version of Xbox Live will be an “integral” component of Microsoft’s new platform. Though Microsoft is reportedly “absolutely committed” to online functionality for its new machine, games will still be offered in physical form, the sources … Continue reading Xbox 720 to require Internet connection?

Dead Space 3 gets Kinect voice controls

By: Eddie Makuch Dead Space 3 for Xbox 360 will feature Kinect voice controls, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. Players will be able to use simple voice commands like “Find partner,” “Fire stasis,” “Attack enemy” and others during gameplay in both single- and cooperative multiplayer. Kinect voice controls are entirely optional in Dead Space 3. No gesture-based Kinect functionality was announced. Dead Space 3 is due out February … Continue reading Dead Space 3 gets Kinect voice controls